When it was announced, the official government program of presidential frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro drew puzzled looks from the electorate. Unlike those of his peers, Mr. Bolsonaro’s manifesto consists of a PowerPoint presentation, with 81 slides, each one with a sloppier design than the one which preceded it. The grammar is poor, it is littered with exclamation points, and the content is, in the end, incredibly shallow. It has the air of a high school project, and not a good one at that.
Instead of being on the campaign’s website, the government plan is hosted on the website of Carlos Bolsonaro, one of the candidate’s sons. The page also comes with the mysterious title “Project Phoenix”, a moniker that doesn’t appear anywhere in the document and has never been referenced since.
Perhaps the reason for the Bolsonaro program seeming so threadbare and improvised is that it is not their actual government plan. Brazilian online magazine Crusoé gained access to a 111-page document which is reportedly being used by Mr. Bolsonaro’s campaign as their true election program.