Why so low?

Why so low?In the past, the majority of those who dissented against Prime Minister [and presidential candidate] Recep Tayyip ErdoIan were a group of people who loudly cried, andquotReactionaryism is coming back!andquot the minute they saw a bearded man or a woman who covered her head with a scarf. These people used to rely on the military [against conservative Muslims].

They used to arrogantly say, andquotEven if you receive the popular vote, you [ErdoIan] cannot come to powerandquot The only slogan they used to constantly repeat was, andquotHeadscarves will not pass!andquot Whenever they saw religious activity they used to take action immediately. This was what ErdoIan fought against.

He rose up in rage. This gave ErdoIan a unique political tool that helped him appear righteous and victimized in every case.

He did not need to bash, mock or point out the ethnic identities of his rivals. However, this old andquottoolandquot no longer exists.

He doesnand#39t have anything to say to [other presidential candidates] Ekmeleddin IhsanoIlu and Selahattin DemirtaI in terms of their elitism or their pressure on conservatives. That is why ErdoIan is now hitting below the belt.

(AHMET HAKAN, HuRRIYET.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman