For several years before becoming president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been characterized by his harsh accusations of the mismanagement of the country’s administration, by previous governments, as well as public condemnations of acts that he has branded corrupt , unjust or treason.
Before the mornings it was Twitter. For more than a decade (he joined that social network in 2009) that was his platform of expression, the trench from where he issued his judgments, for the government and his opponents.
Varied opinions that ranged from the remittances sent by compatriots abroad to the use of the Army in the streets imposed by past administrations, through the accusations of xenophobia in Donald Trump’s sayings about Mexicans, when he won the elections in 2016 presidential elections of the United States.
Same positions that, since he became president, they have become contradictory as they are opposed to what the Mexican president himself thinks today. At least five posts that AMLO made on Twitter, before assuming the presidency, they make it manifest.
The militarization of the streets
One of the most notorious contradictions has been the position of the Mexican president on the presence of the Army in the streets.
And it is that while in February 2013, with Enrique Peña Nieto as president, AMLO pointed out as “perverse” that the military was used to deal with the problem of insecurity “That they created by looting”, in March of this year, already as agent, decreed the presence of the Armed Forces in the streets of the country until 2024, as a reinforcement of the security guard for the National Guard policemen.
The Reformation and the foreign press
Several traditional national media, and many other renowned international media (if not all), have been openly, directly and harshly criticized by President López Obrador during the 24 months that his government has been in office.
For example, his well-known sayings to the national Mexican newspaper Reforma which he has called “filthy pasquín” –Expression used to describe a journalistic medium with a precarious circulation and / or despicable content–, “Prensa fifí”, “conservative newspaper (opposed to its ideological trend)”… and his columnists have been exposed as “chayoteros”, an expression that refers to journalists in past times received money from the rulers.
But in 2015 he used a poll from that medium as an argument against then-president Enrique Peña Nieto. “Reforma survey reveals EPN debacle, but the most worrying thing is the astonishment of the political class at the crisis in Mexico, ”López Obrador tweeted in July of that year.
“(…) What is the characteristic of these newspapers? Frankly speaking, well what they are also taken by the large international, economic and financial corporations. It is a decline also expressed in the world’s media”, said the Mexican president last May about media such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post and Financial Times, after in different articles said publications indicated that the Mexican government reported misleading figures on the number of infections and deaths from COVD-19.
However, the same case is presented as with the Reform: in 2013, as in 2016, there are a couple of tweets in which AMLO argues publications of the WSJ and the NYT, respectively, to demand explanations or to support accusations against the governments in turn.
Remittances, the economic lifeline of the pandemic
In March 2016 (Peña Nieto’s six-year term), López Obrador condemned that the national economy was so bad that many regions of the country only survived on the basis of remittances that were sent to Mexico by nationals abroad.
But in 2020, given the economic crisis that caused the scourge of the new coronavirus pandemic in the country, AMLO changed the speech. Now he considers “a social miracle” and an “extraordinary brotherhood of the Mexican people.”, the sending and rebound of the income that Mexicans send in other countries, especially in the United States. In other words, nowadays he no longer sees such a great dependence on remittances as a government failure.
Donald Trump, from not being grateful to being a friend
The difference in his statements regarding the outgoing president of the United States, Donald Trump, has been one of the most notable during this 2020.
In January 2017 Andrés Manuel demanded to sue Trump for human rights violation after the American warned: “if Mexico is not willing to pay for the wall, it would be better to cancel the next meeting (one that it would hold with EPN)”, which was scheduled for the end of that month, and which was effectively canceled.
But this year López Obrador made his first – and so far only – visit abroad as president to Washington, in response to an invitation from Donald Trump. Now, when questioned by his counterpart’s insults about Mexicans and about the border wall that he has maintained until the last moment of his mandate, the Mexican president limits himself to arguing politics and doplomacy as a means of good communication.
In addition, López Obrador who even published a text against the president of the United States (Hey, Trump) now he considers him his friend.
The times of the matches on radio and television
And another incongruity is portrayed in the issue of advertising times of political parties on radio and television. Now, in the context of the pandemic, the president has called on the parties – facing the 2021 electoral process – to give their spaces to the dissemination of information on the behavior, figures and vaccination process of COVID-19.
But in 2015, AMLO was quite energetic in denouncing a proposal of the Green Party that put on the table the possibility of taking away the gratuity to the times granted to the parties for their publicity and start collecting them.
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