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El Salvador’s Nayib Bukele Urges Americans at CPAC to Fight Globalism

In a speech Thursday night at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), El Salvador’s President Nayib Boucle issued what he called a “warning to our friends,” urging Americans to “fight against the ‘global elites’ who hate our success.” I asked the people to fear you. ”

“They say globalism will die at CPAC. I’m here to tell you that it’s already dead in El Salvador,” Bukele declared, to applause.

Bukele used the opportunity to once again celebrate his historic victory in February’s presidential election, which won around 85 percent of the vote and gave his party an overwhelming majority in Congress. Election observers noted that El Salvador’s constitution does not allow the president to be re-elected, although they noted that Bukele was able to participate in the vote thanks to a Supreme Court ruling that many opponents questioned. It declared the unprecedented result legitimate and the election itself free and fair.

People hold up posters to show support for El Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele (Alex Peña/Getty Images).

He credited the Salvadoran people with being “woke,” opposing “globalism,” and naming and blaming billionaire George Soros and his Open Society Foundations for bringing about his victory, but after decades of He lamented that it would have taken the “unthinkable” to reverse his country’s decline due to mismanagement and corruption. , and neglect.

“You’re not there yet,” he told the American audience. “And believe me, you don’t want to be there”:

His overwhelming success is due in large part to widespread support for his policies against El Salvador’s notorious gangs, the most prominent of which in the United States is the Mara Salvatrucha 13 (MS-13). President Bukele instituted far-reaching government reforms during his first term as president, including replacing the entire Supreme Court, targeting soft-on-crime prosecutors, and vastly expanding the ability of law enforcement officials to fight criminals. carried out.

FILE - In this March 26, 2012 file photo, MS-13 gang members attend Mass at a prison in Ciudad Barrios, El Salvador.  MS-13 (Mara Salvatrucha) is believed by federal prosecutors to have several thousand members across the United States, primarily immigrants from Central America. Based in Los Angeles, it emerged as a neighborhood street gang in the 1980s.  (AP Photo/Luis Romero, File)

This March 26, 2012 file photo shows members of the MS-13 gang in Ciudad Barrios, El Salvador. MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha, is believed by federal prosecutors to have thousands of members across the United States, primarily immigrants from Central America.(AP Photo/Luis Romero, File) .

In March 2022, Mr. Bukele issued a formal state of emergency, the State of Exception, restricting some constitutional freedoms, particularly the freedom of assembly, to prevent gangs from carrying out violent crimes freely. restrictions, and this continues to this day. Action. He also built massive “mega-prisons” to house tens of thousands of suspected gang members, removing them from the streets and ensuring law-abiding Salvadorans could safely walk the streets and children. He took them to the park and otherwise allowed them to enjoy normal life for the first time. Several decades ago.

SAN VICENTE, EL SALVADOR - FEBRUARY 6: A prisoner is seen in a cell at CECOT in Tecolca on February 6, 2024 in San Vicente, El Salvador.  In February 2023, El Salvador opened Latin America's largest prison as part of President Nayib Boucle's anti-gang plan. Since then, the United Nations and NGOs have raised concerns about the treatment of prisoners, minors and suspects who are imprisoned as gang members without sufficient evidence. Meanwhile, Bukele claims El Salvador's murder rate has fallen from the highest in the world to the lowest in the Western Hemisphere.  (Photo by Alex Peña/Getty Images)

A gang member rests in a metal-framed cell at Tecolca’s CECOT (Spanish abbreviation for Counter-Terrorism Confinement Center) in San Vicente, El Salvador, on February 6, 2024. In February 2023, El Salvador opened Latin America’s largest prison as part of President Nayib Boucle’s anti-gang plan. (Photo by Alex Peña/Getty Images)

Few would argue with Bukele’s claim that he destroyed the gang. El Faro, one of El Salvador’s most influential newspapers that has taken a skeptical stance against Bukele, said a year ago that “El Salvador has known about gangs for decades, and gangs do not exist at this time.” It was reported. As a result, El Salvador has increased its international profile as a tourist destination. hosted The Miss Universe contest will be held in November.

Bukele’s speech on Thursday used the metaphor of a frog dying in slowly boiling water, unable to notice the water changing from pleasant warmth to deadly heat. Although America’s frogs aren’t boiling over, he suggested that “like frogs, people become complacent and don’t realize how bad things are getting until it’s too late.”

“Some may say I’m exaggerating, but the signs of a declining society are clearly visible because we ourselves hit rock bottom decades ago,” Bukele told the audience. “Big cities like Baltimore, Portland, and New York, to name just a few, are in decline. They are places where crime and drugs are commonplace and even tolerated and promoted by the government.”

“How many young people have we lost on the streets of Philadelphia and San Francisco to fentanyl? Did we see these apocalyptic scenes 15, 10, 5 years ago? In the next 5 years? , can you imagine what it will be like in 10, 15 years?” he asked.

In El Salvador, politicians “didn’t realize the seriousness of the situation as a country until it became a civil war,” he said. By the time we reacted, it was already too late. We were already boiled like frogs. ”

“It took 50 years, two wars, 250,000 lives, and a third of the population displaced. It was almost a miracle to get the country back,” he lamented. His administration has “done the unthinkable: cleansing our society. We have arrested terrorists, but we must get rid of corrupt judges, corrupt lawyers, and prosecutors.” did.”

Bukele also accused “the so-called international community, NGOs and, of course, fake news” of supporting a broken system that has led to the country’s failure.

“As your friend, I would like to issue this warning to you so that you don’t make the same mistakes we made in the ’60s and ’70s. Once you fall into boiling water, it’s easy to get back up. No. In fact, all the experts said it wasn’t possible. Besides, you don’t want to wait 50 years and hope for a miracle to get you out of hell. Not before the water boils. You can jump.”

Bukele repeatedly described himself as a “friend” of the United States, which was in contrast to his typically irreverent, dismissive, and generally irritated attitude toward the United States. At the United Nations General Assembly in 2022, Bukele accused his country’s “wealthy neighbors” of “rightly thinking that they own our country” without naming them.But…wrong idea[ing] They own what is ours too. ” A year later, at the same venue, Bukele argued that “no country has the right to impose its ideas and ways of doing things, especially when it is not even working in our country.”

Bukele has mocked the United States on Twitter several times, dismissing it as insufficiently representative of “democracy.”

Bukele advised his “friends” at CPAC to “fight for freedom… without any shame.” Fight for your rights. ”

“The United States should heed these words, not because the El Salvador model should be replicated here, but because these specific examples apply to any country that has lost its way or is losing its way.” the president said. “Ask yourself why this is happening. Who is supporting it? And whether it is out of ignorance or by choice. please.”

“Fight with all your heart and soul, and be a beacon of hope…The Founding Fathers, with all their faults, dreamed for your country, as all men have. “Let’s fight for our freedoms, our rights. Let’s fight for the purpose of these institutions, not just their existence,” he encouraged.

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