Opinion

The Brazilian President and the dictatorship

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Brazil’s sitting President Jair Bolsonaro built his political trajectory based on two complementary strategies. On one hand, he cultivated a faithful base of voters among members of the Armed Forces and law enforcement—thanks in part to his fierce defense of their corporatist interests. On the other, he became notable for his penchant for hate speech, always taking it a notch higher than his peers in politics.

For decades, Mr. Bolsonaro got the media’s attention thanks to his outrageous remarks. Blacks were “not even fit for procreation.” A “cop who kills...

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