Thanks to ‘Alarmists,’ Brazil Bolsonaro-Proofed Its Presidential Election

Jair Bolsonaro actually accepting defeat after Brazil's elections
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro arrives to give his first public comments after losing the Oct. 30 presidential runoff election, Brasilia, Brazil, Nov. 1, 2022 (AP photo by Eraldo Peres).

Ahead of Brazil’s presidential election, many observers warned that Jair Bolsonaro was following Donald Trump’s playbook from 2020, sowing the seeds of doubt in the election process in order to claim it was rigged afterward. But instead, he accepted the loss. So were red-flag alarmists wrong to argue that Brazilian democracy was in danger?

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