'Horror show': critics hope Bolsonaro's foul tirade could end rule

'Horror show': critics hope Bolsonaro's foul tirade could end rule

Jair Bolsonaro swore 34 times during a two-hour cabinet meeting some think could help bring his four-year term to a premature end. “If [the left] had taken power in 1964 we’d be fucked,” Brazil’s pro-dictatorship president proclaimed at one point. After a video of the session was made public – painting a wretched portrait of Bolsonaro’s far-right administration – some believe he now is – in the mid-term at least. “A horror show,” tweeted Marina Silva, a one-time presidential rival, after she – like much of Brazil – watched the expletive-ridden footage. “The whole of Brazil has now seen the sinister entrails running the country … This cannot go on.” The video – which is at the centre of a potentially presidency-ending investigation into claims Bolsonaro tried to meddle in the federal police – was divulged on Friday after a supreme court ruling. It shows a cabinet summit at the presidential palace on 22 April – and a carnival of cusswords and conspiracy. Bolsonaro emerges as Brazil’s curser-in-chief, uttering 34 swearwords, according to local reports. “These bastards are after our freedom – that’s why I want the people to arm themselves,” Bolsonaro declares at one point. “Oh just fuck right off. I was the one who chose this bloody team,” Bolsonaro later grumbles about a lack of media praise for his leadership. Elsewhere the rightwing populist rejects criticism over his flouting of social distancing guidelines. “A bad example my arse,” Bolsonaro snaps, before apparently confusing the word “hemorrhoid” with either “hegemony” or “hemorrhage”. On a fourth occasion – which could have ...
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