The day after the victory of his candidate, Mauricio Macri came out to speak and the first thing he did was to warn about the “heavy legacy” that Javier Milei had to face. The former president assured that “the successor of the far-right deputy” is “many times worse” than he found himself when he took office in 2015. In the process, he threatened to suppress social protest and called those who came out “orcs” streets to demand their rights.
“The succession of the government of Alberto Fernández and the acceleration of the abyss given by the super minister (Sergio) Massa in these sixteen months is fatal. The level of restrictions on the dollar is a hundred times more complicated, ” said the former president of the TN channel, in an interview he gave after meeting with Milei at Hotel Libertador. the very difficult task of dismantling this whole extortionate, mafia-like and frightening system,” he added. “We have six difficult months ahead of us, during which the president-elect must strengthen Argentina, he must make a brutal fiscal shock ,” he said. To explain, he promised that “in 35 years we will be as important as the greatest power in the world.”
Macri interpreted that, now, the election of Milei means most of the social will to promote economic changes. “We have to go with everyone, with the big difference that in 2015 I didn’t have a mandate for economic reform, I had a mandate for moral reform,” he said. He remembers that when his government wanted to “correct public spending and adjust things that were wrong, everything was thundering”, while “now someone said ‘I came with a chainsaw’ and he has many votesbecause people say that this system that makes us poor is over.”
For this reason, argued Macri, it is “unforgivable” for Together for Change not to support the “structural reforms” that Milei brought to Congress and warned that if Peronism shows against the measures of the new government , the youth who supported him in the votes. “They don’t stay at home.” In other words, the former president began to prepare the ground in the face of the apparent weakness that the new government would have, with little support from Congress.
“Those who proposed change, it is morally inexcusable that we do not support the structural reforms that he proposes, if we want to do it,” he insisted, seeking to pressure the JxC sectors that rejected his agreement with Miley. And then he pointed against the outgoing ruling party: “After this pineapple, Peronism will not be able to easily explain to the citizens that they did not cooperate during the initial laws that will be launched by this government.”
“The governors must obviously go along because this man said he is coming with a chainsaw and with his style he will achieve a balanced budget,” he predicted.
As Milei did, Macri threatened social protest with repression. “Now there is a deep popular mandate,” which is “led by young people” and they “will not stay at home if these gentlemen start throwing tons of stones.” And he challenged: “The orcs must measure carefully if they want to do evil.”
Regarding Together for Change, Macri estimated that “it will not remain the same” because “we are entering a new period where ideological clarification is also necessary.” “Javier took the leadership of the change because we eliminated what we proposed as revolutionaries to maintain internal peace.”