Former Uruguayan President José “Pepe” Mujica isn’t a man known to hold back his real feelings. He didn’t when he was president so he certainly isn’t doing it now that he’s no longer in power. And, of course, that’s partly why we (and the whole world really) loves him.
In an interview with Spanish outlet El Mundo published on Tuesday, Mujica weighed in on several pressing topics regarding world politics, and when the time came to talk about Latin America, he left pretty clear that he doesn’t like the way President Mauricio Macri and his Brazilian counterpart Michel Temer are leading their countries right now.
“They’re shitting on their neighbor’s table. Those fuckers. What a mess! They look like two banana republics. I don’t know how they’re going to get out of their respective crises, especially Brazil, which has a more difficult situation. It looks like a soap opera,” he said.
Later in the interview, published under the headline “Mujica: the rock star politicians who supports Podemos,” the former president assured that he is liked internationally because he talks about different issues than most politicians: “When did you see politicians worrying about happiness? They worry about GDP, economic statistics. The economy may be growing in modern societies, but people are brutally unsatisfied about about the way they live,” he argued.
This is far from being the first time Mujica refers to Argentine politicians in not-so-friendly terms. Examples abound, but there’s one from 2013 that not only perfectly illustrates Mujica’s personality but also includes digs at then-president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and her late husband and predecessor Néstor Kirchner in a single phrase.
“The broad is worse than the one-eyed man. He was more political, she’s stubborn,” Mujica was overheard on a hot mic that made headlines worldwide.