Much of the right-wing arguments against Pedro Sánchez’s decision – premeditated with treachery – to have Óscar Puente be his man in the Feijóo investiture debate has a point and even a good bit of reason: it thus lowered the institutional relevance of the session (despite the political comedy that the entire Parliament embodied, knowing from the beginning that Feijóo was not going to be inaugurated) as it was not the current acting president who would respond to the popular candidate. Or, worse still, he chose a person who stood out for his rhetorical solvency in the parliamentary debate, the forcefulness of his arguments, the transparency of his words and even the recklessness of some of his sarcastic ironies to the limit of effect. boomerang
But the harassment filmed live against Puente by a passenger on the AVE between Valladolid and Madrid and broadcast ad nauseam on social networks was giving the PP an opportunity to condemn uncivil acts and stop any temptation to repeat the public and physical siege of Puente. the parliamentary representatives of the parties. Elías Bendodo has done the opposite and has come to point out that Óscar Puente deserved it for being so “lack.” Bendodo is not a councilor of a respectable town of 50 inhabitants, but rather the general coordinator of the PP, and these statements constitute extremely reckless recklessness that a democracy can pay dearly in the form of an unfortunate incident, unforeseeable accident, attack by an uncontrolled person or isolated event… From his words we could not only deduce the explicit understanding of the harassment of the citizen of Valladolid, but also his approval or even his applause. According to Bendodo, the blame for this public harassment and repudiation for a good part of the AVE passage lies with Pedro Sánchez for having chosen the “deputy of Valladolid” (Feijóo dixit) as spokesperson for the reasons why the PSOE was not going to vote for the Feijóo investiture.
Testing or even fooling around with the legitimacy of street harassment of politicians who say things we don’t like reopens the doors to the despotic and uncontrolled ways of the Far West. Bendodo is obliged to qualify, rectify or simply condemn statements that can support any act of vandalism in the streets against politicians contrary to what our group thinks. It is not the algorithms or Twitter or social networks that sow the temptation of violence, but the irresponsible high-ranking public officials willing to encourage violence or intimidation in the street. That Santiago Abascal allows himself to leave hints of civil rebellion floating in the air in Spanish society, as he did last week, fits into the degrading picture of an authoritarian extreme right; The fact that the spokesperson of a State party is associated with this delirium shakes the conscience and the very dignity of a large number of PP voters, and undoubtedly of a good part of their officials, despite the disciplined silence they maintain.
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