Politicians are often accused of “speaking out of both sides of their mouths,” but rarely do they contradict themselves so blatantly and quickly as Colombian activist and vice presidential candidate Francia Márquez, running on the leftist ticket along with former guerilla Gustavo Petro.
In an electoral debate this past week sponsored by Colombian newspaper El Tiempo and weekly magazine Semana, Marquez made a point that some would argue is correct: “…Children are murdered by these armed actors, but also by the Colombian State.”
Opposing vice presidential candidate Carlos Alberto Cuartas, on the ticket under Presidential candidate Enrique Gomez started to disagree, saying: “…I do not share where it says that it is the state that is killing people in its population, I do not agree.”
Astonishingly, Marquez immediately interjected saying “I have not said that the state is killing someone, I don’t know where you took that from. You have to listen well!”
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Poor Marquez is either sadly confused and bewildered, or worse, is so brazen as to not give a damn what she said. She and Petro have their best shot in history at gaining the presidency, due to the widespread disgust for outgoing President Ivan Duque, and his Centro Democratico party controlled by Senator, ex-president, and accused paramilitary collaborator Alvaro Uribe.
Should she and Petro win, the contradictions and double-talk out of the presidential palace in Bogotá will rival only that of the charismatic orator, polyglot and “great leader” Nicolas Maduro in neighboring Venezuela…