How Brazil’s left should respond to Bolsonaro

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SÃO PAULO — Brazilians have now democratically elected a far-right president who is obsessed with death and torture and brags about his love of firearms.

  • Rosana Pinheiro-Machado
  • The Washington Post

The flagship policies of president-elect Jair Bolsonaro, a former army captain, involve harsher penalties for criminal offenses and legalizing firearms.

“Good citizens,” he argues, must be able to defend themselves against “bandits,” a term he uses loosely.

He has called left-wing and liberal activists “red outlaws” who must be “banished from our homeland.”

He is unabashedly racist and misogynistic, telling a congresswoman, “I wouldn’t rape you because…

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