Opinion

Brazil goes Back to the Future for October’s election

Without the credibility as an outsider, Jair Bolsonaro is taking lessons from Trump's 2020 defeat: speaking to his base and bashing the electoral system

bolsonaro Pro-democracy demonstration in Salvador, Bahia. Photo: Thales Antonio/Shutterstock
Pro-democracy demonstration in Salvador, Bahia. Photo: Thales Antonio/Shutterstock

Released in 1985, “Back to the Future” quickly became one of the classics of American cinema. In the film, Michael J. Fox’s Marty McFly is accidentally transported back to 1955 in Doc Brown’s iconic DeLorean time machine. In the past, Marty meets his mother, who quickly becomes infatuated with him. Realizing that this passion puts his own existence at risk, Marty is forced to play Cupid for his parents, so that he can return to the present day in peace.

For better or for worse, Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro doesn’t own a time-traveling DeLorean. But with October’s elections fast...

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