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Jair Bolsonaro | Brazil | “He’s an ally of Donald Trump who, apparently, acted like Trump”: How Bolsonaro’s presence in Miami complicates Biden? | the world

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That same Sunday, Biden, who bills himself as a defender of democracy, described the attack on him CongressBrazil’s presidential palace and Supreme Court on a day when Bolsonaro’s supporters failed to even launch a military intervention to oust leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who defeated Bolsonaro in October 2022 elections. January 1 this year.

I condemn the attack on democracy and the peaceful transition of power in Brazil. Brazil’s democratic institutions have our full support and must not undermine the will of the Brazilian people. I hope to continue working with Lula da Silva” Biden wrote on Twitter.

After his defeat, Bolsonaro devoted himself to questioning the election results and left Brazil two days before Lula Silva’s inauguration. On Monday, his wife said he had been hospitalized with “stomach discomfort” and it was confirmed yesterday Tuesday that he had returned to his Orlando residence, the home of former Brazilian martial arts champion Jose Aldo.

Bolsonaro arrives at his residence after being discharged from hospital. (Photo: Reuters)

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What happened on Sunday in Brazil caused great controversy in the United States due to the parallels made inside and outside the country by the capture of the Capitol in Washington on January 6, 2021, when supporters of former President Donald Trump took over in the United States. Congress defends his election fraud and tries to block Biden’s inauguration.

On that occasion, Trump incited his supporters by listing cases of election fraud in various states in the November 2020 elections — which could not be proven in court. Bolsonaro has been compared to the former Republican president on several occasions, leading to him being dubbed “Tropical Trump” by the press.

An uncomfortable guest

For this reason, even as Bolsonaro condemned the “looting” of public buildings on Twitter, many Democratic lawmakers have pushed Biden to go from words to action and expel Bolsonaro from the country.

Joaquin Castro, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told CNN that the former Brazilian president “used Trump’s script to incite domestic terrorists to try to take over the government.” “He is a dangerous man who should be sent back to Brazil.”

For her part, New York legislator Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez highlighted the parallels between what happened in Brazil and the attack on the US Capitol two years ago, saying “the United States must stop harboring Bolsonaro in Florida.”

Police officers patrol outside Bolsonaro's temporary residence during his US trip in Kissimmee, Florida.  (Photo: Bloomberg)

Police officers patrol outside Bolsonaro’s temporary residence during his US trip in Kissimmee, Florida. (Photo: Bloomberg)

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Hernán Molina, a US-based political analyst, points out that Bolsonaro’s presence in the US is an inconvenience for Biden, who has done everything possible to prioritize democracy since the start of his tenure. “Not only does Biden show his differences with his democracy-attacking predecessor, he also seeks to show the world that America continues to believe in liberal republican democracy.”, he tells El Comercio.

He adds that most Democratic congressmen see Bolsonaro as “a Trump ally who thinks like Trump and who apparently acts like Trump.”

It is not known whether Bolsonaro provoked directly or covertly, as Trump did. But the Democrats are not quiet because they see in Bolsonaro the things that the Republicans in Congress are doing, and obviously they have to come out and criticize this.”, he points out.

Can you get him out?

Amid the debate, US national security adviser Jack Sullivan said his country had “not received an official request” from Brazil about Bolsonaro, but that if it did, it would be treated “seriously”.

During their tenure, Donald Trump and Bolsonaro were allies.  (Photo: AP)

During their tenure, Donald Trump and Bolsonaro were allies. (Photo: AP)

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In any case, after being hospitalized, Bolsonaro told reporters that he plans to return to Brazil, originally scheduled for late January. “I came to spend some time with my family, but they were not quiet […] First this tragic episode in Brazil, then I was hospitalizedHe told CNN’s Portuguese affiliate in Brazil on Tuesday.

His automatic departure from the US would be good news for Biden. Molina thinks Bolsonaro’s ouster by a democratic government is highly unlikely, and the Brazilian is most likely to pack his bags and go on his own.

Now, the question is where would he go if not to Brazil, where most governments in the region have expressed their support for Lula, criticizing his administration. “I don’t know if any country in Europe wants to keep him there, he’s not in exile or a political refugee because he doesn’t have a pending case or an arrest warrant like other former presidents have. I imagine it would be difficult to get kicked out of the US, although a call to pack your bags and leave might be possibleMolina says.

Regarding the issue’s impact on public opinion, he opined that the irritation caused by Bolsonaro among American citizens is small compared to other problems in the country. “People are worried about the political divide, the divided government and now the bifurcated Congress. In general, not much attention is paid to what happens outside the United States or with an actor like Bolsonaro, who is a former president of a Latin American country.Or” he concludes.

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