On 19 June, the Colombians elected their new president: Gustavo Petro defeated Rodolfo Hernández and received 11,281,013 votes, representing 50.44% of the votes.
After hearing the news, several national and international political leaders, such as the Secretary-General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, congratulated Gustavo Petro and Francia Márquez on their victory. Even then, There were also those who did not agree with the decision of the Colombians.
For example, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis listed Gustavo Petro as a “narco-terrorist and Marxist” and insisted that his election would be disastrous for Colombia.,
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Ron DeSantis showed his concern for the country and wrote on his Twitter account: “The spread of totalitarian leftist ideology in the Western Hemisphere is a growing threat,
The governor, who is part of the Republican Party, assured that he expected a different result in Sunday’s elections and, for his part, would continue to work for the independence of the entire continent:Florida stands with Colombian-Americans on the side of independence,
The election in Colombia of a former narco-terrorist Marxist is troubling and disappointing. The spread of left-wing totalitarian ideology in the Western Hemisphere is a growing threat. Florida stands with Colombian Americans on the side of freedom. pic.twitter.com/0O7UVccH6M
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) June 20, 2022
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It should be noted that the Republican leader is close to Donald Trump and is one of the most prominent figures of Trumpism. In fact, it was the former US President who popularized DeSantis in 2017 by supporting his candidacy for governor.
Governors have been controversial, especially during the pandemic, for opposing quarantines and the mandatory use of face masks., In that sense, he forbade schools to put masks on students and blamed Hispanics for spreading the coronavirus.
Contrary to DeSantis’ words, Joe Biden’s government has been receptive to the election of Gustavo Petro. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has already spoken to the elected president and congratulated him on his election victory.,
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,He congratulated us on our election and we discussed the peace process in our continent and action against climate change.”, said the leader of the historic treaty.
Also on my personal Twitter account Blinken highlights the desire of the United States to maintain solid bilateral relations and cooperation with Colombia,
,We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with elected President Gustavo Petro and building a more democratic and equitable hemisphere.said the American.
Congratulations to the Colombian people for exercising their right to vote and reaffirming the strength of their democracy. We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with President-Elect @petrogustavo and building a more democratic and equitable hemisphere.
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) June 20, 2022