Opinion: Bolsonaro’s Campaign Speech at UN Shows His Determination to Run for Re-election

At the UN, he gave a full-throated campaign speech carefully designed to encourage his principal supporters—agribusiness, neoliberal economists, the military, and of course evangelicals.

RIBEIRÃO PRETO, BRAZIL – As noted in a prior column, Jair Bolsonaro’s 2018 campaign platform stated that he would NOT be a candidate for re-election if he won. Recent events have shown he does not intend to honor that pledge.

If there were still any lingering doubts about Bolsonaro’s intentions, he dispelled them, albeit sub silentio, by his speech at the opening of the UN General Assembly.

The speech was decidedly undiplomatic, as he rained ire and fire upon his prospective campaign enemies: (a) Latin American “socialism”; (b) foreigners threatening Brazil’s sovereignty over the . . .

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