Recently, Argentina elected a new president, Javier Milei. Of course, there’s a lot to be said about the man politically, but that’s not what we’re here for. We’re here to talk about the fact that he, completely removed from politics, seems genuinely out of his mind.
Let’s start with the basics. First, his name. While his true name is the smooth “Javier Milei,” his fans call him “the madman” and “the wig,” the latter referring to the fact that he looks like he’s about to be caught by Columbo. As for which one he prefers, he instead refers to himself as “the lion” — pretty far cry from “the wig,” but you do you.
Next, he was once a really sad cosplayer. Back in 2019, he showed up to a comic event dressed as “General AnCap,” a superhero whose whole thing is being obsessed with the political philosophy of “Anarcho-Capitalism.”
For many, this would be seen as a curiosity. But for Milei, General AnCap was core to his identity — so much so that he felt the need to feature the general’s outfit in a recent ad that shows him “destroying the Argentine Central Bank with Thor’s Hammer.”
In a recent campaign ad, Javier Milei appears receiving the clothes of Capitan Ancap, his superhero counterpart, and destroying the argentine Central Bank with Thor's Hammer. pic.twitter.com/qw1MxSDpEG— Crazy Moments in LatAm Politics (@AssLatam) November 19, 2023
Finally, and this is a weird one, he has a very strange relationship with his dogs.
For context, Milei adopted an English mastiff named Conan back in 2004. Milei and the dog became very close, with Milei describing the pet as his “true and greatest love.” When the dog died, Milei was distraught — and so, he hatched a plan.
“When Conan died in 2017, Milei reportedly visited a medium to communicate with his late beloved pet,” reads a piece in TIME. “According to Argentina’s La Nacion newspaper, Milei believes that he and Conan first met in a previous life more than 2,000 years ago as a gladiator and lion in the Roman Colosseum and that the pair did not fight because they were destined to join forces in the future (which he believes was a prophecy of his animal-influenced presidential campaign).” The dog also told him that it was God’s mission that he become president.
#Argentina just elected a new President -- who says he met his 1st dog while he was a gladiator in #Rome 2,000yrs ago & that he now communicates with his 5 cloned dogs though a mystic.— Charles Lister (@Charles_Lister) November 20, 2023
Oh, and he also wants to legalize the organ trade, amongst lots of perfectly sane ideas. pic.twitter.com/eP1KZ62aeY
But speaking to this ghost dog wasn’t enough for Milei. Instead of letting dead dogs die, Milei paid about $50,000 to have his dog cloned, resulting in five puppies whom he named after economists. He allegedly sometimes turns to these now full-grown dogs for advice, with each dog having a different area of expertise.