Opinion: Brazil’s Bolsonaro – How’s He Doing in 2019?

One poll taken after the inauguration shows around two-thirds of the Brazilian populace feeling optimistic for the future under Bolsonaro. The Curmudgeon does not share that optimism.

Opinion by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Immediately after his formal swearing-in as Brazil’s President, Jair Messias Bolsonaro  gave two speeches.  The first was to the assembled Legislative branch and was full of the usual bla-bla-bla about unity and working together, creating a renewed Brazil, etc.

The second speech was made from a marble pulpit (called a “Parlatório”) jutting out from the Planalto Palace; here Bolsonaro showed a distinct . . .

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