Rocío Monasterio arrived at the Madrid Assembly on Friday morning as happy as if she had won the last regional elections. She wore a wide smile – that’s not such a relevant detail: she smiles when she’s happy and when she stabs you with a knife with all the will – and she didn’t hide that Vox is entering an exciting stage in community politics. “We are delighted because Mrs. Ayuso has taken up many of our ideas,” he told reporters before the second day of the inauguration debate began. The legislature began with the feeling that he had already won.
During the plenary session, that feeling was confirmed on a personal level. Isabel Díaz Ayuso did not have any inconvenience in being on the side of Monasterio when the Vox spokeswoman launched a personal attack against a deputy of United We Can. Serigne Mbayé has three characteristics that awaken the worst instincts on the extreme right. He is black, he is an immigrant and he worked as a mantero. It was enough for Monastery to point to it as a symbol of all that it despises. “He is a person who entered our country illegally skipping the entrance queue to many immigrants who were waiting and who had completed all the steps, and who for years made a profit by selling illegally at the doors of shops and such SMEs to which you raise taxes and the electricity bill, “said Monasterio.
A person who sold things on the street to eat was profiting, denounced the architect who committed irregularities in the past that were questioned by colleagues. Architect? Well, not exactly, he didn’t have the title at the time, either.
Mbayé intervened due to allusions and demanded that Monastery withdraw “its racist words”, because “racism does not fit in this Chamber.” The Vox spokeswoman declined. “Neither in Spain nor in Madrid is there a racial problem whatsoever,” he replied. That’s what racists all over the world say. It is their way of trying to justify that they are not racists, because racism does not exist in their country.
The seats of the three left-wing parties were raised in protests against Monasterio’s words, especially in his second speech when he continued to attack Mbayé. They weren’t going to let it pass. The president of the Assembly, Eugenia Carballedo, solved them with a red card and three yellow cards. Vanessa Lillo was expelled of the hemicycle and others were warned with notices. Carballedo was already somewhat nervous, because her boss had turned to her twice in her first speech to demand that she force the opposition deputies to shut up.
When it was his turn, Díaz Ayuso made it clear who he was supporting. He showed all his solidarity towards the aggressor. “I have been embarrassed that they treat their party and its spokesperson – for Monastery – in this way.” She also did not seem very happy with Carballedo, whom she has removed from the Government by granting her the award of consolidation of the presidency of the legislature. For Ayuso, Vox is much better than Bildu – in case it is necessary to remember, Bildu has no representation in the Madrid Chamber – and both are “in totally different worlds”.
From a point of view far removed from politics, the writer Fernando Aramburu recalled that many Spaniards were decades ago in the same situation as Serigne Mbayé.
Díaz Ayuso loves Rocío Monasterio. They are two soul mates. He likes that the Vox spokeswoman dedicates a small space to her ideas and a much larger one to provoke the left. When it seemed that several opposition deputies could end up being expelled, Monasterio was almost on the brink of ecstasy. “I removed Iglesias from the SER and as he continues like this I remove the entire left of the Assembly,” he commented, once again with a wide smile. Like in the fable of the scorpion and the frog, it is in their nature.
Like any candidate who has clearly won an election and is preparing to be elected, it was a pleasant session for Díaz Ayuso. Almost a procedure that must be passed to comply with the laws. He was guaranteed the support of Vox without giving anything in return. Monastery demanded in plenary session the abolition of all regional regulations against gender violence and the closure of Telemadrid. It is unlikely that you will achieve either of the two. But it had already been seen before the plenary session that she was very satisfied with Ayuso’s speech on Thursday, so the relationship between PP and Vox will go smoothly.
Even if she had it all done, Ayuso couldn’t stop being herself. Throughout the entire plenary session, he never deigned to look at the speakers who intervened. He had his eyes fixed on the papers, he wrote, supposedly about what he was listening to in order to prepare his reply, and from time to time he spoke with the counselor Enrique Ossorio, sitting next to him. He wrote so much that it seemed that he had a collaboration with some medium and had to write a chronicle about the session. Okay, Ayuso worked for a few years as a journalist, but refusing to look at the other spokespersons seemed disrespectful. When a deputy asked him a direct question, he didn’t flinch. He was still there jotting down phrases or whatever he was writing.
“You can’t ask us for respect if you don’t look at us,” socialist Hana Jalloul told him. She also asked him to address them by their last name. Not even that granted Ayuso, who called her several times “Sánchez’s spokeswoman in Madrid.”
The re-elected president with the votes of the PP and Vox almost did not speak of the pandemic in the two days of the debate. The most relevant thing he said was to deny that Primary Care centers are going to be closed, where now many Madrilenians have to wait fourteen days to ask for a consultation. The new leader of the opposition, Mónica García, from Más Madrid, reproached him, noting that he did not even mention a positive statistic. Thursday was the first day that there was only one deceased in the Community of Madrid. “His silence on the pandemic yesterday is an amendment to the entirety of his policy,” he said.
García did want to talk about the pandemic and the accusations of “moral superiority” that Ayuso likes to use against the left. “You abandoned the elderly in the residences. Not like in the rest of the communities. Here they were forbidden to go to the hospitals and they were not medicalized. It is not moral superiority. It is simply moral.”
As in the previous legislature, García’s speech referred to specific issues on multiple occasions. It worked well for him then, as it was seen in the campaign and in the result at the polls. However, Ayuso moves in other coordinates. His adversaries are absolute evil and there are no rhetorical limits that he accepts to affirm it. He defined abortion as “the easy recourse that the left makes when something is left over.” That’s where the authentic Ayuso came out, awarding to her political rivals the level of evil that religious texts reserve for the devil: “What bothers me? Euthanasia. What bothers me the baby? Abortion.”
The left, killing old people and fetuses like in a gore movie. No wonder Monasterio is in love with the Madrid president. They have two years to regularize their relationship and it becomes something more serious.