Trump heralds Bolsonaro victory in Brazil

His left-wing rival immediately vowed to mount a vigorous opposition, while rights groups warned against a rollback of civil liberties.

His schedule includes meetings with deeply unpopular outgoing President Michel Temer, as well as the chief justice of the Supreme Court and the army chief of staff. There were numerous reports of politically motivated violence, especially directed at gay people.

The hashtag EleNaoEMeuPresidente ("HeIsNotMyPresident" in Portuguese) was a top trending topic on Twitter in Brazil on Monday morning.

Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro has won a sweeping victory in Brazil's presidential election. Those remarks echoed far-right leaders in countries such as Germany, France and Italy who voiced their support for Bolsonaro. There is much evidence his candidacy was aided by a massive, probably illegal, disinformation campaign against his opponents.

Jair Bolsonaro, far-right lawmaker and presidential candidate of the Social Liberal Party (PSL), poses with his wife Michelle as they arrive to cast their votes, at a polling centre in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil October 28, 2018.

Bolsonaro has frequently disparaged women, gays and blacks, praised torture and killings by police, and has said he would name military men to his Cabinet.

His win is a voter rejection of the leftist administrations that have governed Brazil for most of the last 15 years.

With some 99 percent of the ballots counted, Bolsonaro, dubbed "Tropical Trump" for his populist rhetoric, is ahead with 55.1 percent of the vote. China, the country that Bolsonaro has accused of trying to "buy" Brazil, has said it would continue to "deepen mutually beneficial cooperation and promote common development of both countries to benefit the two peoples". For many Brazilians exhausted by stories of politicians plundering public coffers and living lavish lifestyles, the image of a stern and austere father figure ready to bring order to the house was refreshing. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World. "Our country deserves the best". Instead, support coalesced around Bolsonaro, who both is and isn't an outsider: He has served for almost three decades in Congress, but he has often been at the margins of that institution and he painted himself as just the strong man Brazil needed to dismantle a failing system.


"We agreed that Brazil and the United States will work closely together on Trade, Military and everything else!" "Excellent call, wished him congrats!"

Like Trump, Bolsonaro has suggested he might pull Brazil out of the Paris agreement on climate change and has promised to cut environmental regulations.

Political analysts and activists reacted to the news in grim tones.

The Latin American giant's election came on the heels of its worst-ever recession, a staggering multi-billion-dollar corruption scandal and a year of record-setting violent crime.

Neto said he was troubled by Bolsonaro's comments a week ago that "red" leftists would be run out of Brazil.

Haddad struggled to build momentum with his promises of a return to the boom times by investing in health and education and reducing poverty. Gomes had hoped to be the standard bearer of the left but was outmaneuvered by jailed PT leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is serving a 12-year prison sentence for corruption and anointed Haddad as his stand-in.

"Bolsonaro represents a rupture in democracy, a threat to democracy, because he has authoritarian thoughts".

  • Valerie Cook