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Argentina’s MAGA Movement Gives Heartlanders Hope

Could there be two MAGA presidents at the same time?

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There’s a new sheriff in Argentina making waves with his MAGA movement that has heartlanders cheering for a guy who campaigned, at times, wielding a chainsaw. The Iowa GOP Caucus is officially in the books, and New Hampshire is the new belle of the ball. And once again, progressive cheerleader Alec Baldwin has been indicted on manslaughter charges. Who could not love the 2024 political scene? There must be something for everyone.

MAGA Reach

Newly minted Argentine President Javier Milei dropped a few verbal grenades on gathered globalists at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The assembled, arriving by private jet and railing against climate change and AI, welcomed Milei and collectively went into bunker mode. Without missing a beat, the mostly animated and brash leader blasted socialism and elitism and delivered a speech instead filled with glimpses of reality and common sense.

Oh to have been a fly on that wall.

Milei began with a good scolding: The West is in peril “because those who are supposed to have to defend the values of the West are co-opted by a vision of the world that inexorably leads to socialism, and thereby to poverty.”

The bombastic Argentine blistered the ears of many:

“Do not surrender to the advance of the state. The state is not the solution; the state is the problem itself. You are the true protagonists of this story. And rest assured that as from today, Argentina is your staunch, unconditional ally. Thank you very much, and long live freedom, dammit!”

Heartlanders were all over social media praising the guy who talks a bit like they do, language barrier aside, and who can also manage to use a chainsaw without cutting his leg clean off.

“Makes me feel like I already know him,” said Indianapolis gal Linda Dobbins. “Make Argentina Great Again (MAGA). Smiles…”

Another swing stater shared a good vibe, as well. It was Nevada’s own Eugenia Hoenack: “Yes! Make Argentina Great Again! God keep you safe.”

Hey NH, How Are You Doin’?

Donald J. Trump trounced his opponents in the Iowa Caucus, winning 98 of 99 counties amid record low temperatures. He made – for him – an almost charitable speech to rivals Ron DeSantis, who placed a distant second, and Nikki Haley, who was within two points of the Florida governor.

Heading to the Granite State, national polls have ranged from another beat-down by number 45 to a dead heat or even a possible Haley upset. Of course, this is a primary, run by the state government, and all eyes are glued to election officials to avoid shenanigans.

Trump has been stumping, DeSantis left for South Carolina, and Nikki Haley is going full speed ahead. Republican Governor Chris Sununu is helping his pal, Haley, in the last-minute push and has made remarks focused on Trump’s four-year fiscal record: “This guy [Trump], hey he lowered business taxes. That’s great. He made tax cuts we all said, ‘This is terrific!’ And then he borrowed seven and a half trillion dollars to back it up.”

Of course, middle Americans weren’t impressed with Sununu or Haley. Most politely told her to go home or accused the former UN Ambassador of being a war hawk, much like Tony Marshall Wilson, who lives in Crossville, TN. “Already bought and paid for by the military-industrial complex,” he said.

But Trump probably would have had a big grin had he heard this New Hampshire voter, Linda Roberts, stick up for him: “Hey, Chris. Why did you not run? Cause no one would vote for you. We are not voting for your puppet either.”

Baldwin Behind Bars?

GettyImages-1236259590 Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin (Photo by MEGA/GC Images)

After Alec Baldwin was involved in an on-set fatal shooting during the filming of Rust, he quickly went into PR mode and went home. But New Mexico did not forget that the big star was the guy who pulled the trigger and fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza.

Baldwin was indicted for involuntary manslaughter earlier in the week, and he could face up to 18 months in prison if convicted. Heartlanders aren’t generally the biggest fans of Hollywood, and this is about the nicest comment in a sea of thousands. “Unconscionable time-lapse for this indictment,” said Clark Hanson of Watertown, SD. “He could still walk.”

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