Opinion

A loss for Trump is a loss for Bolsonaro? Not so fast

Jair Bolsonaro is unlikely to be doomed in the case of a Trump loss in the U.S.

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Jair Bolsonaro and Donald Trump in the White House Rose Garden, in March 2019. Photo: Isac Nóbrega/PR

October was not a good month for conservative forces around the Americas. In Bolivia, one year after being pushed out in a right-wing military coup, the left-wing Movement for Socialism party was swept back into office by an electoral landslide. In Chile, a referendum to rewrite the country’s dictatorship-era constitution passed with an overwhelming 78 percent of the vote. And in the U.S., incumbent President Donald Trump is edging ever closer to a defeat at the polls, when the country decides its future on November 3.

But in Brazil, one of the largest countries in the...

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