Latin American illicit drug business

Fentanyl and post-truth politics

Populist leaders like Trump on the right or AMLO on the left are notorious for creating an electorally focused narrative which disregards any inconvenient facts. AMLO remains remarkably popular (60%-plus approval ratings in the fifth out of his six years in office). This in part reflects his strong communications skills, delivered through extended daily morning press conferences known as mañaneras. A feature of these is that he makes many unsubstantiated claims - another way of saying that he tells untruths – so as to create a favourable ‘spin’. He is of course not the only politician within or beyond Latin America who does so.

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