Jair Bolsonaro

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Jair Messias Bolsonaro
Party Social Liberal Party
Spouse(s) Ana Cristina Valle
Religion Catholic

Jair Messias Bolsonaro (Campinas, March 21, 1955) is a strongly conservative and anti-establishment[1] Brazilian congressman and retired army captain. He is running for President of Brazil.

Life and career

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.[2]

2018 presidential election

Bolsonaro is running for the Brazilian presidency in 2018.[3] 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,[4] the prohibition of same-sex "marriage" and abortion. He also ran on a strong anti-corruption program.[5][6][7]

During the 2018 election campaign, Bolsonaro survived an attempted assassination attempt, being stabbed.[8][9]

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.[10] His party performed very well in the congressional and gubernatorial elections held the same day.[11]


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, family, traditional and conservative values, has been falsely labeled by the Brazilian media as "Nazi",[12] "homophobic",[13] "racist",[14] "fascist",[15] "sexist"[16] and "white supremacist". The international mainstream media has also been extremely biased against Bolsonaro.[17] He has been compared to U.S. President Donald Trump and even has the nickname "Tropical Trump."[5][1][18]

Bolsonaro takes strongly pro-life positions.[19]

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.[6][20]

On foreign policy issues, Bolsonaro has voiced support for nationalist policies similar to those of President Trump.[21] Bolsonaro takes strongly pro-Israel positions, supporting moving Brazil's embassy to Jerusalem and closing the "Palestinian" embassy in Brazil.[22] He is a critic of China.[23]

Quotes from Jair Bolsonaro


  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. http://www.bbc.com/portuguese/noticias/2016/04/160417_momentos_marcantes_impeachment_ru
  3. Bolsonaro: "I will be the right-wing candidate for the presidency in 2018" - Estadão.
  4. Kew, Ben (October 2, 2018). Bolsonaro Campaign Urges Importing Second Amendment Rights to Brazil. Breitbart News. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  5. 5.0 5.1 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.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Federowski, Bruno; Mandl, Carolina (October 9, 2018). Brazil's far-right Bolsonaro: No coalition politics in cabinet picks. Reuters. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  7. 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.
  8. Puglie, Frederic (September 18, 2018). Assassination attempt only emboldens Brazil's Trump-like presidential front-runner. The Washington Times. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  9. Martel, Frances (September 6, 2018). Brazil: Conservative Presidential Frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro Stabbed on Video. Breitbart News. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  10. Multiple references: See also:
  11. Federowski, Bruno; Carolina Marcello, Maria (October 7, 2018). Bolsonaro transforms tiny Brazil party into congressional powerhouse. Reuters. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
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  12. The Bolsonaro wave and the awakening of neo-Nazism - CartaCapital
  13. Earth. "I'll sue the Bolsonaro" says Mott on pamphlets - Terramagazine.terra.com.br.
  14. Chief of Seppir consider statements such as "explicit racism" of Bolsonaro. - UOL (April 1, 2011). Visited on April 2, 2011.
  15. Mario Jakobskind (May 29, 2009). Torture Never Again! Joildo.net
  16. MNDH want full pressure against Bolsonaro - MNDH.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Risdon, James (October 19, 2018). Outspoken pro-life candidate leads in Brazil’s presidential election race. LifeSiteNews. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  20. 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.
  21. Boadle, Anthony (October 16, 2018). Brazil right-winger would follow Trump's lead on foreign policy. Reuters. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  22. 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.
  23. Kew, Ben (October 17, 2018). Brazilian Presidential Frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro: ‘China Is Buying Brazil’. Breitbart News. Retrieved October 17, 2018.