Brazil’s Bolsonaro Stumbles Out of the Gate

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro arrives at the National Congress in Brasilia, Brazil, Feb. 20, 2019 (Photo by Dida Sampaio for Agencia Estado via AP Images).
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro arrives at the National Congress in Brasilia, Brazil, Feb. 20, 2019 (Photo by Dida Sampaio for Agencia Estado via AP Images).

When Rio de Janeiro’s legendary Carnival kicked off last Friday, there was a mood of unease among the flamboyant revelers. It was plainly visible behind the laughter and the music, in many of the costumes and chants targeting President Jair Bolsonaro and his administration, which is less than three months old. But while the crowds were expressing concerns about the new far-right government, their message was also a sign of how much Bolsonaro has stumbled out of the gate. Amid rumors, denied by the Brazilian government, that the military was planning to censor anti-Bolsonaro demonstrations and crack down on a […]

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