This is Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s newly elected president.
The far-right ruler has a reputation
for controversial statements, including his embrace
of the military dictatorship
that ruled Brazil for 20 years.
He’s been compared to President Trump
for his willingness to stir things up.
“I would bring back waterboarding,
and I’d bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.”
Bolsonaro took office in January after being in Congress
He’s been in the fringe far right
for most of his political career
and was known more for outrageous statements
than political achievements.
In one infamous episode in 2003,
he had an argument with a fellow congresswoman
who accused him of promoting violence.
Over the years, he’s had a long list of other divisive remarks.
In 2017, as he was toying
with a presidential run,
he managed to take aim at several groups
in one statement alone.
In 2018, Bolsonaro won the presidential elections
by vowing to crack down on crime.
Since taking office, he has made it easier to own guns,
has given police a green light to respond
more violently to suspects.
And he’s made calls to open up the Amazon
to more economic development.
Bolsonaro and Trump also share an interest
in China, which is Brazil’s major trading partner.
And that’s a problem for the Trump administration.
It’s trying to curb Chinese influence in the region.
But in Bolsonaro, Trump may find a fellow
world leader who’s just as outspoken as he is.