He’s been dubbed the “Brazilian Trump.” And like the U.S. president, Jair Bolsonaro’s candidacy wasn’t taken seriously by everyone at first.
But with a tough stance on crime and corruption, he won support despite controversial views on democracy and minorities. And when the votes were counted, Bolsonaro came close to winning the presidential election in the first round.
CGTN’s Lucrecia Franco reports from Sao Paulo, Brazil.
- Joel Fonseca is an economist and philosopher.
- Bernardo Santoro is the president and director of Instituto Liberal.
- Thiago de Aragao is the director of strategy for Arko Advice.
- Paulo Sotero is the director of the Brazil Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
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