“The Man on Horseback”: a Post-Pandemic Prophecy? (Opinion)

Bolsonaro’s equine tactic is not just horsing around; it is not a mere hobbyhorse: rather, it is a purposeful action, taken with malice aforethought.

RIBEIRÃO PRETO, BRAZIL – (Opinion) On Sunday, May 31st, saw Brazil’s President Bolsonaro engage in his weekly attempt to sabotage science, first by overcoptering a gathering in front of the Planalto Palace, and, after deplaning, shaking hands and chatting (maskless, of course) with his constant claque of sycophants.

What happened on Sunday, however, was different, because Bolsonaro added yet another embellishment to his putative persona as the defender of the truly righteous – he mounted a police horse, and led a cavalcade around the grounds, waving to those behind the temporary barriers.

Bolsonaro’s equine tactic is not just horsing . . .

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