The new Argentinian President has earned the moniker "Chainsaw Man" for his unconventional and provocative political style. Drawing parallels with the eponymous anime series where the protagonist uses chainsaws to fight devils, Milei has embraced the chainsaw as a symbol of defiance and strength in his crusade against what he calls "the political caste" and the bloated state.
BREAKING: Javier Milei has been elected as the next president of Argentina.— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) November 19, 2023
Here is Milei going off on socialist politicians, calling them "parasites" for stealing from their people.
"This is a society infected by socialism and what we need to achieve is to remove socialism… pic.twitter.com/lo8NrTwoxv
The chainsaw, in Milei's hands, becomes a vivid representation of the people's frustration with a government they perceive as inefficient and disconnected from their needs.
This is the man who was just elected to be President of Argentina, Javier Milei.— Kevin Bass PhD MS (@kevinnbass) November 20, 2023
He has big plans for the government of Argentina.
In this video, he explains.
Though the comparison to the anime series Chainsaw Man goes beyond the tool's symbolism.
candidate for president of Argentina holding pochita during an event pic.twitter.com/kDYyQuw19m— Chainsaw Man Daily Shots (@ChainsawShots) October 15, 2023
Canal 5 Notícias, Argentina's largest news channel, aired a political analysis where they compared Javier Milei with Pochita from Chainsaw Man, claiming that they are both demons feared even in Hell. pic.twitter.com/KpzFuRK4SZ— Crazy Ass Moments in LatAm Politics (@AssLatam) October 13, 2023
The eccentricities of Milei's political persona extend to his personal life, as revealed by author Juan Luis González in the book El Loco: The unknown life of Javier Milei and his irruption in Argentine politics.
In Chainsaw Man, the protagonist, Denji, communicates with his devil companion, Pochita, who manifests as a chainsaw-wielding creature. It seems both Milei and Denji display a creepy connection to their animal companions, seeking guidance and advice in critical moments.
In the face of controversy and scandal, Milei has not faltered, and his hyper-energetic rants against the political class have resonated with many Argentines disillusioned with their economic struggles.
But all things considered, Milei's win is concerning on several fronts:
In the whirlwind of Milei's chainsaw-wielding ascent to power, one might wonder if Argentina is witnessing a political revolution or a descent into hell. Whether he's the 'Chainsaw Man' the people need or a disruptor with a dogged determination to reshape the nation, only time will tell if the roar of the chainsaw heralds a new era of progress or the unsettling saw-buzz of dismantling foundations.