Jair Bolsonaro

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Jair Messias Bolsonaro
Jair Bolsonaro.jpg
38th President of Brazil
From: January 1, 2019 –
Vice President Hamilton Mourão
Predecessor Michel Temer
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
Information
Party Social Liberal Party
Spouse(s) Ana Cristina Valle
Religion Catholic
Military Service
Allegiance Brazil
Service/branch Army
Service Years 1971–1988
Rank Captain
Commands 8th Field Artillery Group
9th Parachute Artillery Group

Jair Messias Bolsonaro (born March 21, 1955) is the president-elect of Brazil. He is a strongly conservative and anti-establishment[1][2][3] former congressman and retired army captain.

Life and career

Bolsonaro was born in the municipality of Glicério in São Paulo. He is of Italian descent. Bolsonaro served in Brazil's military from 1971 to 1988, graduating from Agulhas Negras Military Academy in 1977. Afterward, he served in Rio de Janeiro's city council from 1989 to 1991, and in Brazil's congress starting in 1991.

Bolsonaro has changed parties several times in his career, something not unusual considering the large number of parties in Brazil, along with the fact that conservative parties in the country tend to be weak. He was a member of the Progressive Party. The most leftist members of that party usually classify it as a PSNN (Progressista Só No Nome - Progressive In Name Only, PLINO). In March 2016, he left PP to join Social Christian Party, and he later joined the Social Liberal Party. All of these parties are conservative or conservative-leaning despite their names.

During the voting of the Dilma Rousseff in the Congress, on April 17, 2016, Bolsonaro dedicated his vote to Brilhante Ustra, the only militair that was declared by the Justice as a "torturer", and who allegedly was the torturer of Rousseff in the 1970s. Jean Wyllys, after he voted, spat on Bolsanaro.[4]

2018 presidential election

Results of the 2nd round of the 2018 presidential election

Bolsonaro successfully ran for the Brazilian presidency in 2018.[5] He tried in 2014, but the leaders of his party decided to support the Marxist government of Dilma Rousseff. Among the presidential proposals, Bolsonaro called for closing unnecessary ministries (such as Ministry of Finance, which keeps the government in control of the economy, and the Defense Ministry, which creates military subordination to political), the reduction of state in all its spheres, the free market, homeschooling, the neutral point of view in schools, private health, pro-gun rights,[3][6] the prohibition of same-sex "marriage" and abortion. He also ran on a strong anti-corruption program.[3][7][8][9][10][11]

During the 2018 election campaign, Bolsonaro survived an attempted assassination attempt, being stabbed.[12]

Bolsonaro won 46% of the vote in the election's first round, significantly better than polls predicted and less than four percentage points to winning the election outright.[13] His party performed very well in the congressional and gubernatorial elections held the same day.[14] Bolsonaro's campaign had strong momentum going into the runoff,[15] and he received strong support from evangelical Christians.[16]

Bolsonaro won the election runoff with about 55% of the vote, marking a major shift in Brazilian politics.[2][17] He was congratulated by U.S. President Donald Trump[18] and Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini,[19] among others. According to Brazilian professor Dawisson Belém Lopes, Brazil had elected "the most right wing leader of any democracy in the world."[20]

President of Brazil

Among his other actions in preparation for assuming office, Bolsonaro nominated a pro-Trump nationalist to be his foreign minister.[21]

Views

In its eighth consecutive term, Jair Bolsonaro is one of the most admired personalities and at the same time one of the most hated in Brazil. Bolsonaro is the most conservative and right-wing politician on the Brazilian political spectrum, and for defending Christian,[22] family,[23] traditional and conservative values, has been falsely labeled by the Brazilian media as "Nazi",[24] "homophobic",[25] "racist",[26] "fascist",[27] "sexist"[28] and "white supremacist". The international mainstream media has also been extremely biased against Bolsonaro.[29] He has been compared to U.S. President Donald Trump and even has the nickname "Tropical Trump."[7][1][30]

Bolsonaro takes strongly pro-life positions.[23][31][22] He supports strong law and order policies on crime.[32] He has a good relationship with Brazil's military.[33]

When he was first elected for the first time, Bolsonaro had a more friendly stance toward economic interventionism. Over the years, however, Bolsonaro has come to strongly support limited government, a free market without bureaucracy, and privatization.[8][34][35][3]

On foreign policy issues, Bolsonaro has voiced support for nationalist policies similar to those of President Trump.[3][36][37] Bolsonaro takes strongly pro-Israel positions,[23][22] supporting moving Brazil's embassy to Jerusalem, something he affirmed he would do after his election,[38][39] and closing the "Palestinian" embassy in Brazil.[40][41] He is seen as a critic of China,[42] Venezuela,[43] and Cuba.[44] However, after his election, he stated that he welcomed increased Chinese investment and trade.[45] Bolsonaro is critical of the globalist Mercosur trade agreement.[46]

Bolsonaro is a critic of the left-wing mainstream media.[47]

While originally pledging to leave the globalist Paris climate agreement, Bolsonaro later retracted that conservative promise.[48]

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Newman, Alex (September 3, 2018). “Tropical Trump” Bolsonaro May Be Brazil's Next President. The New American. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Newman, Alex (October 29, 2018). Globalists Freak as “Tropical Trump” Bolsonaro Wins in Brazil. The New American. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Kew, Ben (October 29, 2018). Who is Jair Bolsonaro? Five Conservative Policies Brazil’s President-Elect Champions. Breitbart News. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  4. http://www.bbc.com/portuguese/noticias/2016/04/160417_momentos_marcantes_impeachment_ru
  5. Bolsonaro: "I will be the right-wing candidate for the presidency in 2018" - Estadão.
  6. Kew, Ben (October 2, 2018). Bolsonaro Campaign Urges Importing Second Amendment Rights to Brazil. Breitbart News. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Meredith, Sam (October 9, 2018). Who is the 'Trump of the Tropics?': All you need to know about Brazil's presidential frontrunner. CNBC. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Federowski, Bruno; Mandl, Carolina (October 9, 2018). Brazil's far-right Bolsonaro: No coalition politics in cabinet picks. Reuters. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  9. Martel, Frances (April 6, 2018). Martel: with Lula Arrest Imminent, Brazil’s Conservatives Need Jair Bolsonaro to Get Serious. Breitbart News. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  10. Kew, Ben (October 26, 2018). Brazil’s Bolsonaro Makes Final Anti-Corruption Push: ‘Our Country Isn’t a Criminal Gang’. Breitbart News. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  11. Boadle, Anthony; Stargardter, Gabriel (October 28, 2018). Far-right Bolsonaro rides anti-corruption rage to Brazil presidency. Reuters. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
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  15. Puglie, Frederic (October 21, 2018). 'Brazil's Trump' on track for presidential victory. The Washington Times. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
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  19. Friedman, Victoria (October 29, 2018). Like Minds: Italy’s Populist Salvini Congratulates President-Elect Bolsonaro of Brazil. Breitbart News. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  20. Tegel, Simeon (October 31, 2018). Will Bolsonaro's victory in Brazil usher right-wing ripple effects in Latin America? NBC News. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
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  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Bohon, Dave (November 5, 2018). Brazil’s New President: Christian, Pro-Life, Pro-Israel. The New American. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Chapman, Michael W. (November 1, 2018). Brazil's New President is Pro-Life, Pro-Family, and Strong Supporter of Israel. CNS News. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  24. The Bolsonaro wave and the awakening of neo-Nazism - CartaCapital
  25. Earth. "I'll sue the Bolsonaro" says Mott on pamphlets - Terramagazine.terra.com.br.
  26. Chief of Seppir consider statements such as "explicit racism" of Bolsonaro. - UOL (April 1, 2011). Visited on April 2, 2011.
  27. Mario Jakobskind (May 29, 2009). Torture Never Again! Joildo.net
  28. MNDH want full pressure against Bolsonaro - MNDH.
  29. Jasper, William F. (October 10, 2018). Fake News Media in a Froth as “Trump of the Tropics” Bolsonaro Seems Headed to Be Brazil’s President. The New American. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
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  30. Dilorenzo, Sarah; Prengaman, Peter (October 9, 2018). AP Explains: How Brazil's Bolsonaro used Trump tactics. Fox News (from the Associated Press). Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  31. Risdon, James (October 19, 2018). Outspoken pro-life candidate leads in Brazil’s presidential election race. LifeSiteNews. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  32. Carolina Carcello (October 21, 2018). Brazil's Bolsonaro says he intends to use armed forces to fight violence. Reuters. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  33. Pearson, Samantha; Magalhaes, Luciana (October 29, 2018). Brazil’s New President Set to Give Military More Clout. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  34. Prengaman, Peter (October 8, 2018). A look at the campaign proposals made by Brazil's Bolsonaro. Fox News (from the Associated Press). Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  35. Ayres, Marcela (October 24, 2018). After converting Bolsonaro, free-market guru must convince Brazil. Reuters. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  36. Boadle, Anthony (October 16, 2018). Brazil right-winger would follow Trump's lead on foreign policy. Reuters. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  37. Schipani, Andres; Rathbone, John Paul (October 30, 2018). Jair Bolsonaro poised to upend Brazil’s foreign policy. Financial Times. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  38. Samuels, Brett (November 1, 2018). Brazil's Bolsonaro confirms plan to move Israel embassy to Jerusalem. The Hill. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  39. Shaw, Adam (November 2, 2018). Brazil president-elect Jair Bolsonaro intends to move Israel embassy to Jerusalem. Fox News. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  40. Dilorenzo, Sarah; Savarese, Mauricio; Prengaman, Peter (October 8, 2018). Brazil’s far-right, pro-Israel candidate falls just short of election stunner. The Times of Israel (from the Associated Press). Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  41. Keinon, Herb (October 29, 2018). Netanyahu Congratulates New Populist, Pro-Israel Brazilian President. The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
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  44. Brazil's Bolsonaro threatens to cut diplomatic ties with Cuba. Reuters. November 2, 2018. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  45. Brazil's Bolsonaro welcomes Chinese investment, trade. Reuters. November 5, 2018. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  46. Adghirni, Samy; Gamarski, Rachel (October 17, 2018). After Nafta Rewrite, Brazil’s Bolsonaro Eyes Mercosur Changes. Bloomberg. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  47. Boadle, Anthony; Slattery, Gram (November 4, 2018). Brazil's next president declares war on 'fake news' media. Reuters. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  48. Viga Gaier, Rodrigo (October 25, 2018). Brazil's Bolsonaro scraps pledge to quit Paris climate deal. Reuters. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
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