After losing the presidential election by more than six percent to Union por la Patria’s (UxP’s) Sergio Massa, Javier Milei (La Libertad Avanza, LLA) appealed to voters from the third-place coalition, Juntos por el Cambio (JxC) in a speech from his campaign bunker Sunday night. The run-off is scheduled for November 19.
The address, which began with supporters singing him “happy birthday,” saw the far-right congressman pivot from his usual condemnation of the “caste” — his preferred insult of the Argentine political establishment — and take aim at the ruling UxP, specifically its Kirchnerist wing.
“Today I am coming to finish the process of aggression and attacks,” he said. “I am willing to start with a blank slate and start again with the objective of ending Kirchnerism.”
“Beyond our differences what we have to understand is that we are facing a criminal organization. Kirchnerism is the worst thing that has happened to Argentina.”
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The idea of “putting an end” to Kirchnerism has been the stated goal of JxC throughout this election cycle. But consensus within the coalition on Milei has been more elusive. While former President Mauricio Macri has consistently courted LLA voters and shown interest in building an alliance, Bullrich has been highly critical of the self-styled “anarcho-capitalist,” calling his ideas “dangerous and wrong.”
The LLA candidate went on to congratulate Rogelio Frigerio for his gubernatorial win in Entre Rios and Jorge Macri, the former president’s cousin, for winning the first round of his mayoral election in Buenos Aires. Both are members of the JxC coalition, which is made up of several parties, including Macri’s Propuesta Republicana (PRO) and the Unión Cívica Radical (UCR) — Argentina’s oldest party.
“We need to work together,” Milei said. “If we work together, we can win. If we work together, we can avoid our children leaving the country, we can end corruption and end the privileges of the political caste
“They will lie and try to dirty us saying that we want to take away rights,” he continued. “We don’t want to take away rights, we’re here to end with privileges.”
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