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Calling Bolsonaro “the tropical Trump” lets Brazil’s bigots off the hook

The election of Jair Bolsonaro wasn't an inevitable act in populism's sweeping decade. There was an active choice for hatred

By Julia Blunck   December 2018

A supporter of the left-wing presidential candidate for the Workers Party (PT), Fernando Haddad, reacts after the far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro won Brazil's presidential election. Photo: PA

Brazil’s newly-elected president Jair Bolsonaro seems to be constantly viewed through the lenses of some other place. He is the “tropical Donald Trump”; a Latin American Rodrigo Duterte; an Orban-style right wing populist. All of these, however, obfuscate what is truly at Bolsonaro’s core. The new president is a Brazilian-made monster.

It is impossible to explain Bolsonaro without explaining the hypocritical way…

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