RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - President Jair Bolsonaro has already referred to the northeasterners as "paraíbas", a pejorative term that does not suit the lips of civilized people, much less those who are responsible for governing them. He has also referred to the cash transfer programs, responsible for sustaining a considerable part of the northeastern economy for a long time, as "buying votes," a means of "taking money from those who produce and giving it to those who sit around."
But now, that's water under the bridge. Currently, Bolsonaro's main political capital is the growth of his popularity . . .