Opinion: Brazil’s Shameless Politicians

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Last week and this have proven beyond any doubt that Brazilian politicians have no sense of shame whatsoever. Lula (who instituted and oversaw both the Mensalão and Petrolão scandals) said that if he’s convicted, being honest in Brazil just isn’t worth it.

A few days ago, the chair of the Senate Ethics committee said that Aécio Neves was a “victim” because he was recorded asking for R$2 million in graft.

Worse yet, President Temer said there’s no proof of any wrongdoing by him, just because . . .

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