Mexico’s Rush Limbaugh?

Mexican politician Francisco Moreno Merino,  a member of the Partido Revolucionário Institucional (Institutional Revolutionary Party), finds himself facing pressure from his own party after making misogynistic comments that said all pretty women become prostitutes. While the PRI, already struggling with some awkward moments in the campaign leading up to this July’s election, is trying to draw more women voters to the party, Merino declared last week that  “there is no horse that doesn’t have a bit of mule in him, there are no pretty women who don’t become prostitutes, there is no good man who doesn’t have a bit of uselessness in him.” His comment immediately prompted protest from congresswomen, and now the PRI is trying to distance itself from him and asking him not to run for re-election Senate.  Merino made his comments while allegedly trying to make the point that everybody has their defects. It seems at least one of Merino’s own defects is pretty obvious.

About Colin M. Snider

I have a Ph.D. in history, specializing in Latin American History and Comparative Indigenous History. My dissertation focused on Brazil. Beyond Latin America generally, I'm particularly interested in class identities, military politics, human rights, labor, education, music, and nation. I can be found on Twitter at @ColinMSnider.
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2 Responses to Mexico’s Rush Limbaugh?

  1. Yann says:

    Technically not running for reelection (because it is against the law), he was a candidate for Senate. But anyways, the vetting of legislative candidates for the upcoming election has been really interesting this year. All the parties have been facing pressure from their opponents, social media, and the newspapers for selecting some pretty dubious characters, and in many cases, the parties are actually listening.

  2. Cheerfully corrected! (I should have caught that. I blame my failure to have coffee before posting.)

    And it has definitely been an interesting year, agreed. I haven’t been able to follow all of the local races, but just the way the presidential race is shaping up, between the PRI trying to say “we’ve changed, really!” even while being caught saying/doing things that suggest that they haven’t necessarily changed, the PAN running a woman candidate, and the Lopez Obrador show continuing, all amidst the social/political uncertainty of drug violence…it’s just been a fascinating dynamic in the campaigning process.

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