A few days ago, I asked a friend of ours, José Atento, who is a speaker of Portuguese, and a watcher of the political situation in Brazil and Portugal, to write up something to help us all understand what happened in the election, and who is this “Tropical Trump” who was stabbed, but won anyway. The letter below is his answer:
(Bold is mine)
Hi Vlad. Here is a summary of the situation in Brazil after today’s election. The situation is very complex and dynamic and the summary does not cover all details. Only a broad vision is provided.
The general elections in Brazil took place today (Sunday) and it is fair to say that it has been a tremendous victory for center-to-right parties, which will be majority in the two houses of Congress, and elected most state governors. The socialist Worker’s Party (PT), which have won all elections since 2002 has been relegated to a secondary plane, along with the other leftwing parties associated with it. The coveted and powerful position of president of the republic (remember, Brazil is a presidential system) has not been decided and it will require a second set of vote in three weeks.
Overall, the majority of the population is saying no to socialism.
Concerning the presidential election, Jair Bolsonaro, from the conservative Christian Social Party (PSC), has obtained 47% of the valid votes, whereas Fernando Haddad, from the Worker’s Party (PT), got 28%. Fernando Haddad tried to take advantage of the popularity that former president Luiz “Lula” da Silva still has. However, Lula is not as popular now. He is in jail, accused of bribery, condemned for 9 years behind bars. Lula faces many other judicial processes, and is accused of embezzlement.
Besides, Lula and his team controlled the largest corruption scheme in Brazil’s history, with several other PT officials and parliamentarians either in jail or facing justice. Other important elements of the private sector are also in jail, some of them owners of the largest engineering companies in Brazil. They would go overseas to friendly countries, such as Cuba and Venezuela, and build harbours, subway systems bridges, and a portion of the money would be donated back to PT to finance electoral campaigns. Add to that the disastrous government of PT’s Dilma Roussef. It left the country in recession, with high unemployment and rampant crime.
The attempts to impose gender ideology in the primary and secondary school systems angered the parents in this overwhelmingly Christian country.
Jair Bolsonaro, on the other hand, has been fighting the left, which has controlled Brazil and dragged the country to the gutter. His motto “Brazil above everything, God above all” and his vigorous opposition to socialism and communism has ignited a population tired of the socialist failures of the Worker’s Party government. He wants to open the economy, fight crime and respect the family. He is a nationalist who defends Brazil for the Brazilians. He remains the favourite to win the second round of presidential election.
One should keep in mind that Bolsonaro was stabbed by a left-wing sympathizer early during the campaign and had to undergo two surgeries. He is still convalescing and the only contact with his supporters started last week via short video clips, which cannot be longer than 15 minutes due to medical recommendation.
Today’s election was plagued with the accusation that 16,000 ballot boxes have been tampered with, favoring Haddad. We have to remember that Brazil uses a paperless electronic ballot box, which does not allow recount. Surprise, surprise, it is the same system used in Venezuela. This is cause of worry for the second round and PSC has even notified the Organization of the American States
One important thing for us is that Bolsonaro, if elected, will have majority in the Congress. His future minister of foreign affairs was one of the most tough critics of the Law of Immigration (a subject discussed on VladTepes ), which basically opened Brazil borders in a way that only Justin Trudeau would dream of and fits very well under the UN’s Global Compact for Immigration.
We hope that under Bolsonaro Brazil will modify this law and refuse to be part of the UN’s attempt to destroy our sovereignty. I believe that Eastern European countries have already expressed their intention to leave the agreement.
Brazil has a big problem with drug trafficking exacerbated by the operation of Hezbollah, in the triple border with Paraguay and Argentina and in Venezuela. Bolsonaro promises to be tough on crime.
Bolsonaro is also pro-Israel and very critical to the hate campaign that the Palestinian Authority and Hamas perform to indoctrinate their own people. He promises to move Brazil’s embassy to Jerusalem.
It is not surprising to see Bolsonaro under attack by the globalist media. A series of articles published by the likes of BBC, Foreign Policy, El País have blasted him to the point of calling him a deplorable (sexist, racist, xenophobe, homophobe, misogynist, etc.). Most of the media in Brazil is also against Bolsonaro but the more they beat him, the more he grows. Bolsonaro is the anti-establishment candidate, and, if elected, will be a proud member of the “deplorables international”, ranking shoulder-to-shoulder with the Easter European leaders and with the current US administration.
In the image, Bolsonaro puts his hands on the injury, moments after being stabbed by a left-wing radical