The mayor, who called Hitler a "great German thinker," is about to become president of Colombia

Once considered an outsider with no chance of victory, a Colombian mayor described Hitler as a “great German thinker” who was filmed hitting a local councilor in the face with whom he was now arguing. polls tie up with his running mate and could become Colombia’s next president on Sunday, writes The Guardian.

When John Claro, a local opposition councilor in the Colombian city of Bucaramanga, contradicted Rodolfo Hernandez in connection with a colleague’s disciplinary misconduct, the mayor left Claro with a red face and a ringing in his ear.

The whole incident was filmed, and in the pictures you can see how Mayor Hernandez goes crazy, gets to his feet and starts a torrent of swearing at the local councilor. Then he takes a few steps forward and slaps Claro with all his might.

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The aggressor in the picture, Rodolfo Hernandez, could be elected the new president of Colombia on Sunday. “I don’t think it’s his job,” Claro told The Guardian. “I consider him a sociopath.”

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Hernandez, a 77-year-old businessman, likes to offend. He often publishes swearing-in diatribes on social media, admits he doesn’t know much about Columbia, and once described Hitler as “a great German thinker.”

Hernandez also said that “it would be ideal for women to devote themselves to raising children” and called Venezuelan women “poor child factories.”

The Colombian mayor was initially considered a crazy “outsider”, but he shocked the whole country last month when he managed to advance in the second round of the presidential election, where his opponent Gustavo Petro, a former guerrilla fighter, is waiting for him for an event described as “fighting outsiders”.

Colombia-presidential election Rodolfo Hernandez
At the beginning of the election campaign, Hernandez was virtually a stranger, but after being noticed on social media attacking the country’s “elites” and making controversial proposals, he managed to get 28% of the vote in the first ballot. Photo: Profimedia Images

Hernandez resembles the other populist leaders in the region in many ways. He uses social media (TikTok, in the case of the Colombian mayor) to influence undecided voters like Salvadoran Nayib Bukele, he feels best when he demonstrates his “political inaccuracy” just like Brazilian Jair Bolsonaro and, like Donald Trump, he has business experience, he has a dubious cutter and his political platform appeals a lot to emotions, but it lacks depth.

“You can compare Hernandez to Louis XIV, the king of France who said ‘the state is me,'” said Claro, who supports Petro for the presidency. “He says what people want to hear, he’s unpredictable, he’s a demagogue, he’s ironic, he’s naughty, he’s a mythomaniac.”

Hernandez’s opponent in the Colombian presidency, a former guerrilla fighter

If Petro wins, he will become the country’s first left-wing president in which for much of the last century, political power has been divided between right-wing and center-right parties.

Petro, the former mayor of Bogotá, does not have a blemish image either. He has been accused of arrogance, and his past worries many in a conservative country where the political left has been associated with guerrilla groups with which government forces and his paramilitary allies have fought for decades.

Petro-Hernandez
The Colombian mayor shocked the whole country when he managed to advance to the second round of the presidential election, where his opponent Gustavo Petro, a former guerrilla fighter, is waiting for him for a second ballot described as “the fight of outsiders”. Photo collage: Profimedia Images

Although Petro was the favorite candidate for most of the campaign and received 40% of the vote in the first round of elections, many of his opponents will now join Hernandez, giving him the self-proclaimed “king of TikTok.” a good chance to win. The latest polls show the two as equal.

At the beginning of the election campaign, Hernandez was virtually a stranger, but after being noticed on social media attacking the country’s “elites” and making controversial proposals, he managed to get 28% of the vote in the first ballot.

The “King of TikTok” allegedly confused Hitler with Albert Einstein

One of Hernandez’s proposals was to promise every Colombian who had never been able to visit the coastal region that he would see the sea. The mayor posted videos in which he appeared naked with models wearing a Catholic cross and others in which he imitated Salt Bae, an internet sensation.

He changed his mind on a lot of issues, interrupted interviews that did not go the way he wanted, and promised to create an austere and protectionist state. Hernandez later said he confused Hitler with Albert Einstein when he made the controversial remark.

Hernandez traveled to Miami in the middle of the election campaign on the grounds that he could be assassinated if he stays in Columbia and is being investigated for corruption while promising to fight corruption.

For Claro, the counselor who felt the impact of Hernandez on his own skin, the alarm signal had been ringing for a long time. “[Hernandez] it would take us back hundreds of years to the Middle Ages. ”

Editor: Raul Nețoiu

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