Istanbul, Oct 29 () - An ongoing tussle between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the co-chair of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has reached Washington after the former suggested that a company that once managed U.S. President Barack Obama’s presidential election campaign has now been hired by the HDP to run its campaign for the Nov. 1 snap elections.
“In these elections, the campaign management of a certain party is run by the team that managed Mr. Obama’s campaign” Erdoğan responded when asked about assumptions that a bomb attack which killed four people at an HDP rally in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır on June 5, two days before the parliamentary elections, had actually increased the HDP’s votes by two percent.
“This team had meetings with leading figures [of this party] in Istanbul. And at those meetings, they also gathered with certain media groups” Erdoğan said late Oct. 28 during a live interview with Kanal 24 news channel.
Later in the night, HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş quoted a tweet of a journalist, which summarized what Erdoğan said during the interview concerning the HDP’s campaign.
Demirtaş then tweeted @BarackObama, “Look, it seems that there is something like this, you have never been telling me, the ‘zalım.’”
The Turkish word “zalım or zalim” (stony-hearted or cruel) is commonly used in folk songs and colloquially when somebody wants to voice bitter feelings toward a friendly person.