View Full Version : Brazil's hard shift to the right with Jair Bolsonaro

10-23-2017, 04:19 PM

My favorite quip from Bolsonaro is when some female Congresswomen claimed that supporting Machismo means being an accomplice to rape. Bolsonaro replied that she had nothing to worry about since no man would even have the stomach to rape her.

Bolsonaro, who represents Rio de Janeiro in Brazil’s House of Representatives, has been steadily making racist, homophobic, and xenophobic claims since he entered politics in 1988 (https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jair_Bolsonaro#cite_note-28). “This idea of ‘oh poor little black person, oh poor little poor person, oh poor little woman, oh poor little indigenous person, everybody’s a poor little something!’” he told Vice News (https://news.vice.com/article/meet-brazils-donald-trump-hes-deliberately-outrageous-and-he-wants-to-be-president). “I don’t try and please everybody.” Yet he’s pleasing some (http://g1.globo.com/politica/noticia/lula-tem-30-bolsonaro-15-e-marina-14-aponta-pesquisa-datafolha-para-2018.ghtml). He’s a “popular phenomenon” in Brazilian politics, and has already been compared to Trump (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-01-17/brazilians-want-their-own-donald-trump) a handful of times (https://news.vice.com/article/meet-brazils-donald-trump-hes-deliberately-outrageous-and-he-wants-to-be-president).

Bolsonaro is running for president in the 2018 election. And given the seemingly never-ending revelations of corrupt dealings for almost every politician who could have run for president next year, Bolsonaro’s chances begin to look better and better.