Donald Trump is considering getting involved in the re-election effort of far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Out of gratitude for Bolsonaro being one of the only world leaders to stand by him as he promoted his “Stop the Steal” conspiracy theories around his own election loss, Trump is mulling making the trip to make his endorsement official.
Trump aide Jason Miller was recently detained in Brazil for ‘anti-Democratic activity’, perhaps doing a little recon for his boss ahead of making the trip himself.
Bolsonaro faces a massive uphill battle to be re-elected, as polls show he is decisively trailing former Workers’ Party president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. In addition to spreading his own election lies, Bolsonaro supporters have staged demonstrations that opponents say are coup attempts against the other branches of government to solidify their grip on power.
Brazil 🇧🇷 against Tyranny! The Supreme Court in Brazil is totally corrupted and it is time to get them out. BOLSONARO is being attacked in the same way the Leftists attack TRUMP US🇺🇸 Thanks to all My American Friends for all your Support on our cause.
— Regina Almeida (@AlmydaRegina) September 8, 2021
President Bolsonaro’s son Eduardo, who serves as a member of the Brazilian parliament and has been described in the U.S. press as the Donald Trump Jr. of Brazil, recently met with Trump, according to a post on the Brazilian lawmaker’s Instagram account, according to a new report in The Daily Beast. Last month, the younger Bolsonaro posted pictures of himself at Trump Tower standing next to the former president. Bolsonaro, whose infant daughter posed alongside the ex-president in an autographed MAGA ball cap, said he ‘took the opportunity to invite Trump to come to our country when he sees fit, “maybe in a CPAC-Brazil,” as the younger Bolsonaro defined it.
A real patriot just like me! Jair Bolsonaro is a great patriot just like Donald Trump! pic.twitter.com/FGBipQftXc
— Orange Dump J. Tramp Bot (@RDonald_J_Trump) September 10, 2021
According to the Daily Beast, Trump told confidants earlier this summer that he’s open to publicly endorsing Bolsonaro’s reelection, potentially at a mega-rally in Brazil where he and Bolsonaro could appear together side-by-side, to rail against what they each deem “undesired election outcomes”. Taking a chapter from the Trump Political Playbook, Bolsonaro has been preemptively spreading groundless claims of election ‘fraud,’ a strategy that directly echoes Trump’s failed coup after the 2020 election.
Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro: Far-Right, Neo-Fascist, and Exclusively Macho pic.twitter.com/lzcCRuzpey
— John Ferguson (@Fearguth) September 10, 2021