Opinion

Brazil’s political elite must accept Jair Bolsonaro is not for turning

Ever since Jair Bolsonaro's election in 2018, political elites have promised that the outspoken president would undergo a process of moderation. Nothing of the sort has happened, and institutions need to wake up and smell the coffee

President Jair Bolsonaro flanked by military commanders. Photo: Marcos Corrêa/PR
President Jair Bolsonaro flanked by military commanders. Photo: Marcos Corrêa/PR

Many politicians doubted President Jair Bolsonaro would follow through with his request to impeach Supreme Court Justices Alexandre de Moraes and Luís Roberto Barroso. But the head of state proved them wrong once again as he submitted a formal plea last week to suspend Mr. Moraes, correctly identified as Mr. Bolsonaro’s nemesis by The Brazilian Report editor-in-chief Gustavo Ribeiro. 

Since the beginning of Mr. Bolsonaro’s term, Brazil’s political elite has been reluctant to accept that the president will not moderate his behavior under any circumstances. This hesitation has created a dangerous path for Brazilian democracy vis-a-vis the 2022 election. 

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