Argentina’s leader populist, but no longer popular
In an interview with Brando magazine, Darín had wondered aloud about the sources of the president’s wealth, which according to the daily La Nación has soared by 1,155 per cent, to about $19 million since her late husband Nestor Kirchner took office in 2003.
Fernández de Kirchner’s Jan 6 response to Darín in an angry 22-paragraph letter she published on Facebook — and promoted several times on her Twitter page — lashed out against those who question her honesty, and in turn accused Darín of having been charged and arrested by a judge in 1991 for smuggling a station wagon into the country.
Darín subsequently told reporters that the president had had misrepresented his case, and that a judge had acquitted him of any wrongdoing. But by then, the front pages of Argentina’s largest independent newspapers were exploding with statements of support for Darín from show business stars and leading intellectuals.
Doesn’t the president have more important things to do than respond to a passing comment by an actor in a show-business magazine? many asked. And, more important, shouldn’t the president clear the matter by answering how she managed to multiply her wealth while in office, others wondered.