Until Wednesday, the populist Czech billionaire in the picture wore a hood with the inscription “SILNE CESKO” (Strong Czech Republic), which is reminiscent of “Make America Great Again” by Donald Trump. But on Thursday, Babis appeared in the picture without a hood, after violence at the Capitol that left four dead.
Formerly nicknamed “Czech Trump” because of his fortune, fourth in his country, according to the magazine ForbesOn Thursday, Mr. Babis called the attack on Capitol Hill “a unique attack on democracy.” Donald Trump “kept repeating that the election was rigged and fraudulent, he stabbed that atmosphere and it was wrong,” said Mr. Babis, a food, chemical and media mogul.
The Czech Prime Minister had also used the profile picture “SILNE CESKO” on his Facebook page, between May 2019, when he published it during the European election campaign, and September 2020. Profile pictures on both networks Social reports now show Babis wearing a face mask with a Czech flag , in an apparent attempt to give courage to compatriots struggling with lockdown due to an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases.
(The essential / AFP)