Milanović wrote on his Facebook profile on Monday that “before he runs away to Brussels,” Plenković would have to render his accounts, with Plenković saying that the President was continuing his ranting and insults.
“These are threats in fact, accusations of political corruption, robbery, criminal conspiracy. I will say once again, he has entirely stepped out of the framework of normal conduct for a president,” Plenković told a press conference during a visit to Osijek-Baranja County.
That is not just his style or his being rude, as the leader of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Peđa Grbin tried to downplay, said Plenković who considers that Milanović has resorted to that because he was legally and politically badly defeated in the incorrect procedure which he, without any cause, began with the recommendation of the president of the Supreme Court.
Plenković said that the President’s spokesman Nikola Jelić was flustered and warned that he was attacking Hina reporters. Jelić publicly called out Hina reporter Sandra Bartolović on his Twitter account because of her sharp private comments regarding Milanović’s behaviour and said that Plenković had referred to anyone who did not think like him as being the “dregs of social networks.”
Milanović’s posts are the “dregs of social networks”
“That is frightening and striking. I will now explain that to his flustered spokesman who attacks Hina reporters when I said “dregs of social networks,” because I see that he and his partners in Bridge do not understand what that means. For me that is hate that is developing and damaging, poisoning society,” said Plenković.
“Milanović’s statements are the dregs of social networks. What he is writing is hate speech and I will be absolutely explicit – he has practically drawn a target on MP Pupovac, and Pupovac confirmed that this morning on the radio,” underscored Plenković.
He once again called out SDP’s candidate for Zagreb mayor Joško Klisović and Milanović’s chief-of-staff Orsat Miljenić to stop hiding and say if they agree with Milanović’s “drawing a target on the leader of the SDSS (Independent Democratic Serbian Party).”
“Do we all think that we need to wake up from what he is doing or will we just say ‘he’s like that.’ That cannot be. He can rant on as he likes but he will come across sharp responses from us all who have sound reason,” said Plenković.
Asked whether he was referring to hate speech in the legal sense, Plenković answered affirmatively. “What is this, what does this look like? We need to wake up. We have become a little too tolerant,” he said and called on reporters and editors to “watch and see who is saying what and make it clear who is who.”
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