Vice President Cristina Kirchner . / Juan Ignacio Roncoroni / Archive
For some years, when a person wants to find out quickly, about someone more or less well known, he has resorted to a simple mechanism: he or she Google it. In tenths of seconds, Google will offer an access to the Wikipedia site, where the biographies are adorned and corrected in a rather anarchic way: almost nobody is saved from reading there things that they do not like about themselves. For example, in Mauricio Macri’s case, the following items appear: “Panama Papers, Cause for the burial of Sarmiento, Cause Correo Argentino, Cause agreement with the holdouts, Avianca Case, Cause for Memorandum with Qatar, Imputation by agreement with the IMF, Cause for alleged extortion against Daniel Vila, Cause of tolls I, Cause of tolls II, Charge for alleged extortion of Cristóbal López and Fabián de Sousa, Cause of Wind Farms, Increase in Assets and Tax Havens ”. The enumeration concludes with a section that bears a curious name: « Macri Gato ».
Social networks have infinitely amplified something that was already happening in traditional media, where long before the Internet, people talked about famous politicians, athletes or artists, and many times they spoke very badly. Are the rules. Whoever wants fame or power receives a lot of affection there, but also, unfortunately, some mistreatment. It happens to personalities as varied as Nicole Neumann, Diego Maradona, Alberto Fernández, Diego Leuco or Patricia Bullrich, to give some recent examples. Poisoning only makes things worse. That is why most people choose to live with this annoying phenomenon, ignore it by trying at least that it does not unbalance them.
Cristina Kirchner has not managed to overcome that difficult trap. Thief of Argentina, the expression that some people endorsed him and that Google sometimes added to his name by repetition, is an unpleasant insult, although it may not be the worst of those that circulate on the networks. But his decision to sue the popular search engine – something almost no one does for something as common there as an insult – is one more demonstration that His extreme sensitivity to public scorn, his excessive reactions to that unpleasant prerogative of the freedom of others, is still there, raw, at the center of his obsessions.
At any other time, her reaction would allow us to draw interesting conclusions about the repetition of that behavior and everything that she reveals about who is, perhaps, the most important political personality in Argentina. But at this juncture there is an extra element that uncovers a shocking order of priorities: his anger against Google was expressed in one of the worst weeks in Argentine history, when society had to fire 800 Argentines who died, victims of an implacable pandemic, and when that same society lives with the agonizing wait for those horrible numbers to grow exponentially. While death settles in the country, Cristina is hurt by something that happens to her at Google.
It is not an isolated fact. Cristina Kirchner never accompanied Alberto Fernández in the announcements made during the quarantine. From everything that was said in the conferences of Fernández, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta and Axel Kicillof, Cristina hardly highlighted … the fragment where Kicillof accused Clarion wrong headline! He did not participate in a single prevention campaign. When everyone was locked up in their homes, he came and went from Cuba to look for his daughter Florencia, using a privilege forbidden to ordinary Argentines.
Former President Mauricio Macri in Paris (Infobae)
His agenda continued as if nothing: threats to the Court, quarrels with senators, anger at meetings of the President with businessmen who he did not like, complaints against Rodríguez Larreta, promotion of legal cases where people were detained without prior conviction and so on. His reactions to the suffering of others are very similar to those he had to the tragedies of Cromañón or Once, or that tragic day of the police repression in Tucumán. The death of the others, once again, does not seem included in his agenda.
Cristina’s behavior, then, is not new, but neither is it exclusive to her. In the same week, Mauricio Macri, who is probably the second political personality in Argentina, at least until December of last year, was walking through Paris with his family. It is the second trip of the former President in the middle of the pandemic. In the first, he went to Paraguay, where he publicly embraced his controversial host, who was not wearing a chinstrap. In neither case did the former President bother to explain the urgency of personally moving to Paraguay or Europe, when the rest of the Argentines do not even know if they will be able to spend the summer on the coast.
The behavior of leaders, such as Macri or Cristina, set examples, parameters to be imitated, at least, by their followers. In this sense, what will a Fernández intensivist, an ambulance for José C. Paz or the journalist Lula Gonzalez feel, who last week said goodbye to her grandfather with a moving note published in InfobaeWhen they see the peace of the Macri family’s First Class trip or the selfies without a mask on the beautiful streets of Paris? How much empathy for their pain or anguish, how much shelter, shelter, humanity, will they receive from the behavior of those who claim to be their leaders?
Macri in Paris (Infobae)
Except for a couple of tweets in the distant month of March, Macri also did not participate in any prevention campaign. On the contrary, on July 9, when the numbers began to rise strongly, there was an opposition flag, where a few thousand people waved flags around the obelisk, mixed with each other, without too much care for the prevention measures repeated ad nauseam. It was certainly dangerous. At the time that happened, Macri uploaded a similar image to his networks: happy Argentines, waving flags, without a chinstrap.
« Populism is more dangerous than the coronavirus, » he said at the beginning of the pandemic. Then he signed a statement where different figures from the conservative world warned against the use of the pandemic situation to build authoritarian regimes: in that text, Fernández’s Argentina and Pedro Sánchez’s Spain were noted with concern, but Jair’s Brazil was omitted. Bolsonaro or the United States of Donald Trump.
Macri’s silence throughout this harsh period is due to a personal style, but also to a conviction. All the PRO leaders know their discrepancies with the decisions made by Alberto Fernández and Horacio Rodríguez Larreta since March. In private, there are many who heard him defend the original look of Boris Johnson, which led the United Kingdom to become the country in Europe with the most deaths. While Rodríguez Larreta and Fernán Quirós were desperate to organize a monstrous health operation and convince society to take care of itself, Macri encouraged an alternative and rebellious message among the PRO leaders, which could be perceived in some statements by Patricia Bullrich, his former minister of Security.
Elisa Carrió in the Chamber of Deputies (.)
To those unscrupulous gestures, in the same week, Elisa Carrió and the Civic Coalition denounced that the prohibition of holding private meetings constitutes a “de facto state of siege” and that “it is a crime of infamous traitors to the Homeland”. Carrió also continues with the prepandemic agenda: for her the Fernándezes are fascists, no matter what they do, no matter what fascism has been, no matter that their measures are the same as Rodríguez Larreta takes. This agenda may generate sympathy in some and rejection in others. But in the hardest week of a tragedy, again, their expressions have concrete consequences. If the ban is wrong, perhaps many people consider it almost a duty to violate them. What if they do?
Three of the political leaders who marked, almost like no other, the history of the last twenty years in Argentina, proceed in this way. Why should the young people who sit down to share a beer in Recoleta, the communicator who recommends drinking toxic substances on television, or the families who mix in a dangerous way in squares across the country, have more criteria than they do?
On planet Earth, thousands of doctors, male and female nurses, ambulance drivers, kinesiologists and kinesiologists, deliver everything so that fewer people die. Every night they return home anxious, fearful, overwhelmed, to gather strength and leave for the hospitals, again, the following morning.
Far from there, in another place in the solar system, the frozen hearts of Mauricio, Cristina and Lilita roam.