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Jair Bolsonaro

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Jair Messias Bolsonaro (1955–) is a Brazilian right wing nut job conservative congressman and leading candidate for president of Brazil in the ongoing 2018 elections.[1] Bolsonaro is among the most right-wing politicians on the Brazilian political spectrum. He longs for the good old days of military dictatorship[2] and supports "Christian" and family values. A member of the right-wing grouping in the Brazilian Congress informally known as the Bullets, Beef and Bible Caucus,[3] he has been labeled the "tropical Trump".[4] His son Eduardo is also a congress member with similarly cuddly politics.

Bolsonaro is one of the main opponents of socialism in Brazil and the current archenemy of the country's corrupt Workers' Party.

Controversies[edit]

Jair Bolsonaro is well known for his polemical stands on several topics, such as minorities, LGBT population and crime. Besides being an admirer of the Brazilian military regime, in 1993 he openly supported Alberto Fujimori,[5] a former Peruvian president charged with several crimes ranging from corruption to supporting forced sterilization programs.[6] Later, in 1999, he openly supported the assassination of several people, including the then Brazilian president, Fernando Henrique Cardoso.[7] Several other declarations made him appear to be a homophobe, misogynist and racist to many.

Presidential proposals[edit]

Among his presidential proposals are closing unnecessary ministries (such as the Ministry of Finance, which keeps the government in control of the economy, and the Ministry of Defense, which keep the military subordinate to politics), supporting free markets and entrepreneurship, opposing biased political education in public schools, and relaxing Brazilian strict gun laws.[citation needed] He is strongly in favor of law-and-order policies and supports lowering the age of criminal responsibility and further increase the prison population of Brazil, already the 4th-largest in the world.[3]

Quotes[edit]

"In honor of Colonel Carlos Alberto Brilhante Ustra, the dread of Dilma Rousseff." - Jair Bolsonaro dedicated his vote to the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff to the deceased General Brilhante Ustra, a former general convicted of torture and kidnapping during the military dictatorship[8] who was in charge of DOI-CODI, a facility where she was held imprisoned as an anti-government guerrilla fighter. As several others, this statement was reprehended by several politicians and other society sectors. In response, left-wing deputy Jean Wyllys spat at Bolsonaro in the parliament chamber.[9]

He would "rather let his child die in an accident than be gay" according to a 2011 Playboy interview.[3]

Bolsonaro said twice to the Brazilian human rights minister, Maria do Rosário, "I will not rape you because you do not deserve it".[3]

"An adolescent can rape and kill 200 people and he is still not treated like a criminal in Brazil. Most minors know that if they are going to commit a robbery, it is better to kill the victim as there is less chance of being caught, and if they are, the punishment will be the same." - Bolsonaro advocates lowering the age of criminal responsibility.[3]

"I support a dictatorship. We will never resolve serious national problems with this irresponsible democracy." - Bolsonaro in 1993.[2]

He accused the openly gay, left-wing politician Jean Wyllys of "heterophobia" when Wyllys refused to sit next to him on a plane.[10]

"The lightest man of African descent there weighed 7 arrobas (unit used in Brazil mostly by cattle traders, corresponding roughly to 15 kg or 33 lbs). They don't do anything. I think that he is not usable even as a breeder. More than R$ 1 billion are spent yearly on them." [11]

"Have you ever seen a Japanese person begging? They are a race with self-respect!" [12]

"I have five children. Four are men. The last time I did it weakly and the result was a woman." [13]

"I do not know how the commanders are positioning themselves, but, should they ever reduce the effectiveness (of the Army), there are going to be fewer people to oppose the criminals of MST (Brazilian left-wing movement that supports reforms related to agrarian properties), Haitians, Senegalese, Bolivians and all the scum of the world that, now, the Syrians are coming too. The scum of the world is coming to Brazil as if we did not already have enough problems to solve" [14]

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