How Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro Mirrors President Trump | NYT News

How Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro Mirrors President Trump | NYT News


This is Jair Bolsonaro,
Brazil’s newly elected president. The far-right ruler
has a reputation for controversial statements,
including his embrace of the military dictatorship that ruled Brazil for 20 years. He’s been compared
to President Trump for his willingness
to stir things up. “I would bring
back waterboarding, and I’d bring back a hell of a
lot worse than waterboarding.” Bolsonaro took office in January
after being in Congress since 1991. He’s been in the
fringe far right for most of his
political career and was known more for
outrageous statements than political achievements. In one infamous
episode in 2003, he had an argument with a
fellow congresswoman who accused him
of promoting violence. Over the years, he’s had a long list
of other divisive remarks. In 2017, as he was toying with a presidential run, he managed to take
aim at several groups in one statement alone. In 2018, Bolsonaro won
the presidential elections by vowing to crack down on crime. Since taking office, he has
made it easier to own guns, has given police a
green light to respond more violently to suspects. And he’s made calls
to open up the Amazon to more economic development. Bolsonaro and Trump
also share an interest in China, which is Brazil’s
major trading partner. And that’s a problem for
the Trump administration. It’s trying to curb Chinese
influence in the region. But in Bolsonaro,
Trump may find a fellow world leader who’s just
as outspoken as he is.

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