Explaining Brazil #168: How to react to Bolsonaro?

Bolsonaro is threatening to disregard Supreme Court rulings from now on. So how should the political system react to a president who doesn't want to play by the rules?

President Jair Bolsonaro managed to draw large crowds for his protests against the Supreme Court. But they weren’t nearly as massive as the government had hoped. They showed that Jair Bolsonaro is strong enough to create political havoc at least until the 2022 election — but not strong enough to topple democracy. Something’s gotta give, but what?

Harsh reactions could prompt even more radical moves by the president. Meanwhile, for the rest of the political class, standing back and doing nothing could be just as dangerous.

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  • Gustavo Ribeiro is the editor-in-chief of The Brazilian Report.
  • Euan Marshall is the editor of The Brazilian Report.
  • Beatriz Rey is an NSF Agora Visiting Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and an APSA Congressional Fellow. Beatriz holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and is a columnist for The Brazilian Report.

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