Is Bolsonaro Really the ‘Trump of the Tropics’?

Is Bolsonaro Really the ‘Trump of the Tropics’?

But Bolsonaro's authority will be increased by the ready-made coalition in the legislature; the three blocks of Beef, Bible, and Bullet (Bancadas do Boi, da Biblia e da Bala). ‘Beef', the parliamentary group representing aligned corporate interests, not only ranchers but loggers and miners, cheers his determination to open up the Amazon and destroy indigenous reservations. The ‘Bible' block, the Evangelical Parliamentary Front, shares his hostility to abortion, gender equality and homosexuality. While the ‘Bullet' block, comprised of former military men nostalgic for dictatorship, is delighted that one of their own has taken the presidential palace. This makes for an uneasy pact with the electorate. The middle classes are vastly relieved that PT is ousted; they have stopped packing up for Florida or Portugal, for now. But they know they have voted in a man whom they hope will not enact all of his election pledges.

 

 

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