On October 28, Jair Bolsonaro accomplished what most political pundits doubted, winning the presidential race by a landslide, earning 55 percent of the valid votes against the Workers’ Party’s Fernando Haddad. He’s been called many things, from radical, racist and misogynistic to anti-democratic and even a fascist. The truth is that Mr. Bolsonato seized, better than anyone, on the country’s crisis of representation to gather a massive following and become the new President of Brazil.
But who is the new president? Find out more about his life, politics, and the promises he made.
Born in 1955, Jair Bolsonaro was raised in the small city of Eldorado, in the state of São Paulo. He was 15 when Carlos Lamarca, a former military man who defected the Army to fight against the dictatorship, sought refuge in the region. He was one of the local boys who helped members of the Army look for Mr. Lamarca – who nevertheless ended up escaping. But the experience marked the young boy, who “after that started saying he would leave Eldorado to join the Army,” as his mother remembers.