Mexican-president elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has once again been accused of sexism.
The incoming president has now been criticized for planting a kiss on a female reporter’s cheek after he sidestepped a question from her during his recent visit to Baja California.
As Lopez Obrador is posed a question about the next year’s gubernatorial election in the northwestern state, the 64-year-old politician paused his steps and turned around and gave Lorena Garcia an unexpected kiss.
Mexican-president elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador hears a question from female reporter Lorena Garcia before he avoids answering it by planting a kiss on her cheek
Incoming Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has been accused of sexism again after he kissed a female reporter in Mexico instead of answering her question
Garcia, a veteran journalist with TV Azteca and El Mexicano newspaper, was disturbed by Lopez Obrador’s gesture as a means to skip her question as a sea of reporters looked on last Thursday.
‘This has never happened to me during my 19 years years as a print reporter in a profession like this,’ Garcia told Grupo Formula on Tuesday night.
‘There’s some discomfort on my part. I am not going to say I am furious. But there’s some discomfort on my behalf because at the end it’s an invasion of my working space.’
Lorena Garcia, a seasoned Mexican reporter, received a kiss on her cheek from president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who sidestepped her question about a future election
Mexico’s incoming president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is once again in trouble for giving Mexican female journalists awkward attention
Lorena Garcia is a journalist with 19 years of experience with Mexican media outlets, TV Azteca and El Mexicano, a Tijuana based newspaper
It’s not the first time Lopez Obrador finds himself under fire for his treatment of female press corps members.
Earlier in September, another female reporter, Noemi Gutierrez, approached Lopez Obrador seeking comment about an alliance formed between the Green Ecologist Party and the National Regeneration Party, which he founded and led until 2017.
Lopez Obrador, who will take over office December 1, danced around the question presented by the Capital Medio journalist.
‘I am not going to talk about that sweetheart,’ he said before referring to a surrounding group of female reporters as ‘darlings’ and ‘sweethearts’ once again.
Lopez Obrador responded to criticism by saying he was showing respect.
‘You are my darlings, my sweethearts, and I appreciate you a lot, I love you all,’ Lopez Obrador said a day after the September 5 firestorm.
‘I follow the philosophical principle of loving your neighbor: love and peace. How am I going to treat you? Well with a lot of affection. I am not an authoritarian. I am happy thanks to life.’