It is surprising how much political mileage one gets from bullshit.
In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic that has exposed the leadership vacuum left by US President Donald Trump and his vice president, Mike Pence. If we go back to 2015, when, Finland saw a record number of asylum seekers entering the government, the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* party, which was in government, offered no leadership except for the usual anti-immigration rhetoric.
For this reason, Trump and Pence resemble closely Halla-aho and Purra, who base their politics on racism – like the Trump administration – and generous quantities of BS.
A good word that describes all of these four politicians is bravado, or fake bravery and being foolhardy. All four are spinners of fake news as well.
Another matter that these four politicians have in common is that they bully the most vulnerable groups of society. Usually, those who don’t have the power or the means to stand up to their racism.
As I mentioned in an earlier posting, the COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc but also offering us an opportunity. One of its opportunities was to expose the lack of leadership, corruption, and greed of the Trump administration.
The only matter protecting Halla-aho and his cronies is being the opposition. Faced with a crisis and a need to lead, he and the PS party would be cut from the knees due to a vacuum left by no leadership.
Like Tump and Pence, it is only a question of time when the real Halla-aho, Purra and the PS will be unmasked.