SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL - For this gringo, a long-time and happy resident in Brazil, a "quasi-Brasileiro" as my friends say, answering the question: “What the hell is going on in the U.S.?” becomes harder and harder. Even fans of Jair Bolsonaro ask how he could possibly wish to be called the "Brazilian Trump".

It’s a mystery, all right.

Until recently, Brazilians were big fans of my country or at least neutral. That doesn’t mean they liked everything we did, but on balance, their leanings were in the direction of respect and admiration.

They saw America . . .

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