Mike Lee, Matt Gaetz, Tucker Carlson, Don Jr. travel to El Salvador for Bukele’s 2nd inauguration

A populist party in El Salvador saw right-wing figures converge to celebrate the second inauguration of President Nayib Bukele, including notables among American conservatives.

Saturday in Central America, Bukele was sworn in for another five-year term atop the Nuevas Ideas Party which had won a dominating 54 of 60 parliamentary seats. Celebrating his victory with 83% of the vote, largely attributed to promoting law and order while taking a stand against Marxist indoctrination, world leaders weren’t alone in flocking to the capital of San Salvador.

Pictures posted to social media included a number or prominent Republicans and vocal supporters of former President Donald Trump that included Florida Reps. Matt Gaetz and María Elvira Salazar, Utah Sen. Mike Lee as well as commentator Tucker Carlson and the president’s own son and future daughter-in-law, Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle.

“In El Salvador for the inauguration of President Nayib Bukele,” wrote Lee sharing images from the event. “He defeated his principal opponent, Manuel Flores, in February’s presidential election. To the best of my knowledge, Bukele made no attempt to imprison Flores.”

In addition to “Sound of Freedom” producer Eduardo Verástegui, journalist Sara Carter and Conservative Political Action Conference Chair Matt Schlapp, a slew of foreign leaders attended the ceremony including Spain’s King Felipe VI, Presidents Xiomara Castro of Honduras, Daniel Noboa of Ecuador, Santiago Peña of Paraguay, Rodrigo Chaves Robles of Costa Rica and the equally lauded populist from Argentina, President Javier Milei who had been seen embracing both Bukele and Trump.

The presence of so many figures of import was not without danger as the Associated Press reported that a bomb threat meant to coincide with the inauguration had been thwarted after National Police had seized explosive devices in a raid of a “former rebel stronghold.” The threat was attributed to the leftist FMNL Party.

During his inauguration speech, the president had said, “We have finally conquered fear and are a truly free country.”

That message came only a few short months after Bukele’s re-election had updated that their public education system had “removed every use or trace of gender ideology from public schools.”

Verástegui, who has stood firmly in the fight against human trafficking, congratulated Bukele with a message which, when translated, included the message, “I ask God to continue blessing this great nation.”

Meanwhile, Salazar expressed optimism that Bukele’s stance against criminality would lend a hand in bringing an end to gang violence, “Miami and its Central American community have a partner we can work with from Congress to successfully crush the gangs threatening our Hemisphere.”

Of course, amid the celebration of figures from across the political right, a representative from President Joe Biden’s administration had also been dispatched. Ever gaslighting, the White House had sent impeached Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas who posted in part, “The U.S. stands ready to build on our partnership with El Salvador to foster economic growth and cooperate on regional migration and security.”

Kevin Haggerty

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