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How Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro Mirrors President Trump | NYT News

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

since 1991.

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.