Speaking of politicians who could use a lesson in diplomacy, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner just mimicked the Chinese accent in a post to her Twitter account…while she was in China.
In yesterday’s tweet, the president replaced R’s with L’s in the words “rice,” “petroleum” and “Campora”—a political youth organization and supporter of Fernandez.
“More than 1,000 participants at the event … Are they all from the Campola and in it only for the lice and petloleum?” she wrote.
Más de 1.000 asistentes al evento… ¿Serán todos de “La Cámpola” y vinieron sólo por el aloz y el petlóleo? …
— Cristina Kirchner (@CFKArgentina) February 4, 2015
The tweet was apparently a reference to the 1,000 businessmen who were in attendance at a conference where she spoke. According to Bloomberg, it was “a response to criticism that she packs events with her supporters.”
Minutes later she wrote “sorry, the levels of ridiculousness and absurdity are so high they can only be digested with humor.”
Fernandez is on a four-day visit to China to meet with President Xi Jinping and raise investment in the South American economy.
Her Twitter ramblings, although they are offensive and could probably be mistaken as the work of a middle school student, bear little shock value next to the latest controversy she’s been embroiled in following the unexplained death of a prosecutor who had accused her of graft. Alberto Nisman, who’d wanted Fernandez arrested over an alleged cover-up of a bombing at Jewish center in Buenos Aires 20 years ago, was found dead with a gunshot wound to his head less than a month ago.
All and all, now is not really a good time to be President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, although she and her political entourage aren’t really sweating over it.
“I don’t believe the Chinese are reading our president’s tweets all day,” Ernesto Fernandez Taboada, executive director at the Argentine China Chamber of Commerce in Buenos Aires, told Bloomberg.
As of writing, the tweet has not been removed, and we have a feeling it probably won’t be.