How Nayib Bukele Crushed Gang Violence and TRANSFORMED El Salvador!

On February 4th, 2024, El Salvador reelected their populist president, 42-year-old Nayib Bukele, in a stunning landslide. When all the votes were counted, Bukele won with nearly 85% of the vote. But the election was not just an epic win for Bukele, it was a historic day for a new El Salvador, which in Bukele’s four years as president, has transformed in once unimaginable ways! 

– In 1979, a civil war in El Salvador caused 20% of the population to flee, mostly to the U.S.

– Gang membership in El Salvador reached 60,000, outnumbering the national police force, but Bukele’s policies put tens of thousands of violent criminals in prison, reducing the crime rate by 90%.

– Bukele’s actions have inspired other nations facing similar issues, showcasing a new era of security and prosperity.

In 1979, a bloody civil war ravaged the nation of El Salvador, lasting over a decade. When the dust cleared in the early 90s, 20% of the nation had fled its borders, the vast majority arriving here in the United States. It was in this diaspora, particularly in Los Angeles, that the notorious Salvadoran gangs were born. Originally formed for protection, the gangs began to metastasize. Salvadoran youths, cast adrift amidst the tumult of the Cocaine Boom and gang warfare, transformed from innocuous stoner cliques into the infamous savage street juggernauts known as MS-13. 

The steady stream of arrivals from El Salvador, fleeing the ravages of violence in their home nation, merely helped fuel the towering inferno of gang recruitment and bloodshed. The gangs eventually made their way back to El Salvador, and at the height of the gang activity, their numbers swelled to an astonishing 60,000, bigger than El Salvador’s national police force. The gangs had gotten so large that past Salvadoran presidents began making deals with them, allowing the leaders of the gangs to be transferred to lower security prisons which the gangs largely controlled, in exchange for them to stop warring against each other. 

Despite such placating, the gangs continued to terrorize the citizens of El Salvador. The murder rate in the nation skyrocketed! By 2015, El Salvador had the highest murder rate in the entire world, averaging one murder per hour. Drug cartels and gangs controlled everything. The government became little more than a passive spectator. That same year, a young outsider was narrowly elected as mayor of San Salvador, 37-year-old businessman Nayib Bukele’s tenure as mayor foreshadowed how he would eventually come to govern as President.

He made the city cleaner and safer and successfully implemented several popular public works and initiatives. In 2019, Bukele ran for president of El Salvador as a populist outsider who campaigned on “draining the swamp” of Salvadoran politics. He found that voters were beginning to turn their backs on the two major center-left and center-right parties. Bukele sensed that the time was right for a total outsider running on a thoroughly populist rightwing platform was the way to go. 

He formed his party, the New Ideas party, and he won a decisive victory. At the time, Charles Call of the Brookings Institute noted that Bukele’s victory signaled the continued rise of political populism throughout the world. In other words, the forces that propelled referendums like Brexit and campaigns like Donald Trump to victory are operative in political dynamics throughout the various regions of the world. No one at the time realized just how significant Bukele’s presidency would end up being.

Bukele began his presidency by boldly shouldering the burden of his beloved nation’s woes, casting aside scapegoats and embracing accountability. With unwavering resolve, he acknowledged El Salvador’s tormented past, including the haunting specter of the seemingly hopeless and unending proliferation of ruthless gangs ravaging his homeland. 

Nayib Bukele’s truly fantastic rise to power has heralded a shift in the nation’s trajectory. Despite facing an onslaught of political opposition and persecution, Bukele has continued to forge his path, riding on the crest of an OVERWHELMING TIDAL WAVE of public adulation. Upon assuming the mantle of leadership, he unleashed the ferocious beast known as the Territorial Control Plan, a multifaceted tactical strategy designed to vanquish the proliferation of gang violence once and for all. 

One of Bukele’s first public projects was the building of what’s being called a super prison that houses upwards of 40,000 prisoners. The prison has been showcased across the nation as a colossal deterrence against gang-related activity. Bukele also implemented a mandatory 40-year prison sentence for anyone involved in gang-related activity. Bukele’s massive crackdown on violent crime has resulted in the arrest of over 64,000 violent criminals. He has arrested virtually every one of those 60,000 gang members, and it’s changing El Salvador like never before. 

The homicide rate in El Salvador has plummeted. Before Bukele came to power, El Salvador averaged 108 murders per 100,000 inhabitants, one of the highest in the world. The murder rate today is now just 8 murders per 100,000. The murder rate has dropped by more than 90%! Not only has Bukele decimated gang-related activity, but he at the same time has positively nurtured the Salvadoran youth, allowing them ample opportunity to prosper and grow free from the confines of the horrors of gangs. 

Despite the success of Bukele’s first term, voices of dissent still pierced the air. Bukele has suffered Globalist Accusations of authoritarianism and tyranny particularly as Bukele squared off against what remained of El Salvador’s liberal legislative branch. Bukele ignored the leftwing media both in El Salvador and the United States. His administration’s unwavering commitment to the restoration of traditional El Salvador values coupled with audacious measures to purge the scourge of corruption and crime struck a resonant chord with the populace, forging an unbreakable bond of trust between leader and citizen. 

85% of Salvadorans reelected Bukele to the presidency. A beacon of hope amidst the tumult of Latin America, the Salvadoran miracle, while scorned by the Liberal Globalist Elite, serves as a clarion call to nations gripped by the throes of similar trials. Nayib Bukele’s unprecedented odyssey has not only rewritten the annals of Salvadoran history but has also ignited a blazing torch of inspiration for the entire region, heralding the dawn of a new era of possibility and promise of a secure future.


Copyright, 2024.

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