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Macron announces new goal: To “piss off” the unvaccinated

You know, if you want to convince people to do something for you, it’s typically a bad idea to insult them, intentionally go out of your way to infuriate them, and figuratively tell them to kiss your ass. Apparently French President Emmanuel Macron missed that tip in media training.

With the French presidential election just 4 months away, Macron decided to openly attack 5 million unvaccinated French voters in an interview with Le Parisien.

As reported by the Guardian:

“I am not about pissing off the French people,” the president said in an interview with readers of Le Parisien on Tuesday. “But as for the non-vaccinated, I really want to piss them off. And we will continue to do this, to the end. This is the strategy.”

Macron’s remarks came as the French parliament debated new legislation that, if passed, will mean only the fully vaccinated – and no longer those with a negative Covid test – will qualify for the country’s health pass from next month.

“In a democracy, the worst enemies are lies and stupidity,” Macron said. “We are putting pressure on the unvaccinated by limiting, as much as possible, their access to activities in social life.”

France has vaccinated almost 90% of its population who are eligible, Macron said, and it was “only a very small minority who are resisting. How do we reduce that minority? We reduce it – sorry for the expression – by pissing them off even more.”

Macron added: “When my freedoms threaten those of others, I become someone irresponsible. Someone irresponsible is not a citizen.”

Now that’s a winning campaign theme if I’ve ever seen one: “You’re irresponsible, you’re not really a citizen, and my goal is to deliberately piss you off. Also, please vote for me.”

Those unfamiliar with Macron may be shocked by the arrogant elitism of this approach and find it hard to believe. But those who have been following him for a while know better.

This is, after all, the same man who said he wanted his presidency to be “Jupiterian” – as in, resembling the Roman king of the Gods, Jupiter. As Reuters put it, he wanted the president to be “a remote, dignified figure, like the Roman god of gods, who weighs his rare pronouncements carefully.”

In an interview with weekly newspaper Le 1 several years ago, referencing the death of King Louis XVI, he also said that “In the process and function of democracy there is something missing. In French politics, the absentee figure is the king, whose death, I believe, fundamentally, the people did not want.”

The investment banker turned politician has even openly called for a “real, true European army.”

Moreover, wearing a small amount of makeup as a male public figure is fairly normal. Basically everyone you see on television or in a movie, male and female, is wearing at least a touch of makeup, even if it’s just a bit of concealer to cover the odd blemish. There’s nothing abnormal about that.

However, at the age of 39, Macron spent €26,000 in three months on makeup.

That certainly is abnormal, and paints the picture of, to put it bluntly, someone who is particularly vain and obsessed with their own image.

So what’s the point in bringing all this up?

Well, Macron openly attacking the electorate is about what you’d expect based on his prior leadership style.

He seems to suffer from a kind of God complex which permeates the ruling political class of basically every European country. Far from a humble public servant elected to serve the people, he instead carries himself like an emperor or minor deity who has decided to descend from Mount Olympus and bless the unwashed masses with his radiant genius.

Ordinary politicians try to court the public leading up to an election, to win votes and convince the people to support their ideas. But why bother if you’re Macron? He can attack 5 million unvaccinated French voters openly, and go out of his way to deliberately troll them.

They may be taxpayers, after all. They may fund his salary. They may have French passports, and have been born in France with French parents. But they’re not citizens, according to him.

Why? Because they don’t agree with his advice. He believes they should get the vaccine, and these ignorant peasant yokels have the temerity to disobey their supreme leader. How very dare they?

This is the mindset on display, not just from French leaders, but from leaders across the Western world. And then, these same leaders have the absolute gall to complain about “division” in society. As Macron himself once said, “I have only one enemy: fracturing and division [of France].”

And yet individuals like this will then go to great lengths to ensure they divide society as much as possible along medical lines, targeting and antagonising a section of the public who are minding their own business.

It’s often politicians like this who complain the most about abuse they receive as well. And let me be clear – nobody should condone abuse towards any politician, be it in the form of gratuitous insults, threats or God forbid, violence. These actions are totally unacceptable in a civilised society, and should be roundly condemned by any right thinking person.

But is it any wonder why a leader like Macron would find himself slapped in the face by an enraged member of the public?

The man behind that slap was given four months in jail, which sounds about right. Nobody, under any circumstances, should smack the elected leader of the country, and the culprit was rightly punished and condemned for it.

But where is the condemnation for Macron’s role in, as he has admitted, deliberately pushing through policies with a goal of enraging his own citizens? Has he not contributed to the high temperature of the debate, and fueled the fire of division, which he says is “the enemy?” Where is the culpability here?

Macron may well achieve his goal of “pissing off” large sections of the public, and if he does, let’s hope voters remember it come election time in April.

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