The misogyny of Fernando Iglesias exposed the divisions in the PRO

Although the campaign began and the old disputes are supposed to be in the background, the truth is that the affair of the misogynistic sayings of Fernando Iglesias once again showed a watershed within the PRO, with the same actors on one side and the other. The head of government, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta was the last to differ from what the deputy said. “I do not agree,” he marked, in tune with the distance that María Eugenia Vidal put him. Instead, he was defended by former President Mauricio Macri; the owner of the PRO, Patricia Bullrich; and members of the inner sanctum of the former president such as Pablo Avelluto or Hernán Iglesias Illa. It should be noted that, despite the positions, neither of the two sectors considers the possibility of removing him from the list or accompanying the request for expulsion from Congress.

In Vidal’s campaign committee they seek to bury the misogynistic statements of Iglesias, the request for removal that 15 deputies presented in Congress and -in any case- return to the previous phase of questioning the visits to the quarantined Olivos farm. But, for now, all it achieves is to show again the distance that separates Tyrians and Trojans within the PRO. On one side, those who were called “the moderate wing of the PRO” remained. The last to speak from that sector was Larreta. “I don’t feel represented by what Iglesias said”said the head of government, who said he was “a defender of women’s equality and of promoting non-discrimination.” The porteño president remarked that he does not agree “with ironies that allude to women or that may harm them.” “In the City we have thoroughly defended equality with a large number of actions,” he said.

In this way, Larreta followed the line of Vidal who, after a tepid initial defense, took a turn and said: “I do not share the form in the that was referred to” by ‌ Fernando Iglesias to the women in sus tuits.‌ ‌We want‌ ‌a‌ ‌society‌ ‌to‌ ‌continue‌ ‌advance‌ ‌towards‌ ‌forms‌ ‌more‌ ‌equitable, ‌ ‌y‌ ‌para‌ ‌that‌ ‌we ‌to‌ ‌care ‌the‌ expressions towards‌ ‌forms‌ ‌more‌ ‌equitable, ‌ ‌y‌ ‌para‌ ‌that‌ ‌we ‌to‌ ‌care‌ ‌the‌ ‌expressions more towards‌ forms‌ ‌more‌ ‌equitable, ‌ ‌y‌ ‌para‌ ‌that‌ ‌we ‌to‌ ‌care‌ ‌the‌ ‌expressions more moderates “asked to remove him from the list. On the contrary, they maintain it. Nor will they support the request to expel him from Congress.

It is clear that Iglesias is not part of that sector: he got his place on the list thanks to Macri and Bullrich and – not by chance – they were the first to defend him, along with other members of the “hard wing of the PRO”. The former president, who is already back in Argentina and doing the days of mandatory isolation, chose to share on Twitter an article by his former adviser Hernán Iglesias Illa, where he assures that Iglesias was the victim of “a total attack, lacking in papers, which made a joke (Bad? Could it be) and a distorted phrase in a hate crime and gender violence in the media, institutional and symbolic, as the Peña complaint says ”.

Iglesias Illa was, together with the former Secretary of Culture, Pablo Avelluto, who wrote the book First time for Macri and are part of his aúlico circle. It is not by chance that Avelluto was another of those who defended Iglesias and also presented him as a victim of “the language police, which is one of the greatest horrors of the present.” With irony and marking the crack, the former Minister of Culture Darío Lopérfido joined in, saying to Avelluto: “I agree, Pablo. Here an example. Hug!“And she shared a statement from Vidal, who said that as a woman she could not allow other women to be talked about like that.

Patricia Bullrich had a special role: she resisted the internal pressure to differentiate herself from Iglesias as much as she could. When finally asked, he kicked the ball off the court: “I am not going to enter the game of attacking Fernando Iglesias. I feel that in a country where there is no equal treatment for the same causes … and Kirchnerism is a defender of the worst behaviors of its members ”.

The watershed around what Iglesias said reproduces positions that were already fixed at this point, at the time when Macri returned to the country and plans to join the campaign. Both Larreta and Vidal tried to be willing to add a former president who carries a good number of legal cases and an important negative image. “Macri is part of the Juntos national table. We hold meetings Monday morning and he always participates. He participated even while outside. I want you to join the campaign. -assured Larreta- He is the one who started the transformation process in the City. I imagine it will“And, in tandem, Vidal stated: “I asked Mauricio to accompany me on the campaign when his quarantine ends, my teams are communicating with theirs to coordinate agendas so that I can join ”.


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