‘PiS makes me want to puke’ – Liberal opposition leader Tusk ramps up rhetoric right before national elections in Poland

By Grzegorz Adamczyk
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Poland’s opposition leader and former Prime Minister Donald Tusk took to the X platform on Tuesday to launch his latest attack on the ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party.

“They made money from the pandemic, sick children, land belonging to the Church, inflation and migrants. Legal and just, indeed. They make me want to puke,” he wrote. The “legal and just“ line alludes to the name of PiS as the Law and Justice party. 

Supporters of the ruling party were quick on the draw in response.

“Tusk abandoned Poland for Brussels, leaving his country to face a migrant crisis, poverty and Polish companies sold off to foreigners. Now, he returns to Poland to fight for German interests by spewing up poison. Revolting,” responded Polish Deputy Justice Minister Marcin Romanowski.

PiS MEP Bogdan Rzońca took a more amused approach to Tusk’s comments.

“Mr. Tusk, if you have gastric problems, visit a specialist. German cuisine gives indigestion, time to switch to Polish cooking,” he wrote.

Youth leader Oskar Szafarowicz responded that he remembered the condition Poland was in 10 years ago.

“It’s 2013, 800,000 hungry kids, over 3 million Poles living in extreme poverty, hourly rates for work at less than €1, increase in the age of retirement, increased VAT, shipyards closed down, army units liquidated, railway and bus services cut, and state assets sold off at knockdown prices. A vale of tears and broken hearts for the Polish people,” Szafarowicz wrote while listing the record of Tusk’s previous government.

Paweł Szrot, the chief aide to President Andrzej Duda, who is standing in the elections for Oct. 15, was dismissive about Tusk’s attacks.

“Desperation and frustration. Losing his nerve. It will get worse. If we were so obsessed about poll ratings, we would not be in the place we are in today,” he wrote. 

According to most polls, the ruling party has of late increased its lead over the opposition led by Donald Tusk. 

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