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Lula and Jair Bolsonaro: the popular and the populist

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Bolsonaro and Lula: who is the real populist?

Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has been called a populist on many occasions. The use of this term comes from a number of reasons.

Firstly, Lula is a charismatic leader. It is not uncommon to see charismatic leaders dubbed as “populists,” even though populism is not connected to charisma. Secondly, Lula is a leader of the left. Similarly, leftists are often called populists, usually due to their economic policies, despite the fact that, once again, populism is not connected to leftism.

Thirdly, because of the social policies Lula adopted, particularly those of...

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