Opinion: Bolsonaro, Trump and the Centrão – a Curmudgeonly Conspiracy Theory

The Centrão parties in Brazil, viewed as a whole, arguably correspond roughly to the Republican party in the US Congress: overwhelmingly, they are weathy white males; ideologically, they range from center-right to far-right; and demographically, they come more from the vast quasi-rural center of the country rather than populous state capitals.

RIBEIRÃO PRETO, SP - (Opinion) In a recent column, we posited that the resurgent “Centrão” bloc in Brazil’s Congress has supplanted the “300 Picaretas” of yesteryear, resuming their role as the President’s chief source of support, in exchange for patronage, power and profits.

Bolsonaro’s purpose, not unlike that of his acknowledged idol Trump, is twofold: (1) avoid impeachment and (2) win re-election. Bolsonaro, who is cleverer than most people give him credit . . .

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