Donald Trump’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic was an abject failure. And thanks to his incompetence, more than 700,000 Americans have died to this virus. And despite the mass deaths, many followers of Trump still refuse to get vaccinated.
Amazingly, though, there are world leaders who have performed even worse. Jair Bolsonaro, the president of Brazil is one of them. And now a panel of Brazilian lawmakers wants Bolsonaro charged for crimes against humanity.
Brazilian academic Elize Massard da Fonseca and the University of Michigan’s Scott Greer explain:
“Bolsonaro used his constitutional powers to interfere in the Health Ministry’s administrative matters, such as clinical protocols, data disclosure and vaccine procurement. He vetoed legislation that would have both mandated the use of masks in religious sites and compensated health professionals permanently harmed by the pandemic, for example. And he obstructed state government efforts to promote social distancing and used his decree power to allow many businesses to remain open as ‘essential,’ including spas and gyms. Bolsonaro also aggressively promoted unproven medicines, notably hydroxychloroquine, to treat COVID-19 patients.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.