But polls show most Salvadorans support Mr. Bukele, often not in spite of his strongman tactics — but because of them. Mr. Bukele, a backward-hat-wearing millennial promising change, was swept into office in 2019 by voters disgusted with the political establishment. Mr. Bukele “needs control over everyone because not everyone has his mind,” Mr. Morales said. Mr. Bukele has denied making a deal with gangs, and the charge has had no discernible impact on his enormous popularity. “All politicians are manipulatable.”The post El Salvador’s Strongman Is Set to Ride a Landslide Past Checks and Balances appeared first on New York Times.