Back in October, the 58 million votes that propelled Jair Bolsonaro to the presidency had a clear wish, over several different platforms: his supporters demanded a rupture with the way politics has been done in the past. Taking on this idea of disruption, Mr. Bolsonaro has reorganized his cabinet, clashed with Brazilian realpolitik, and redefined the way the president uses social media—for better or for worse.
During his first 100 days in power, Mr. Bolsonaro had to deal with some unprecedented circumstances, such as a third surgery to recover from his stabbing in September 2018, and the most deadly environmental disaster in the country’s history. The unusual situation was coupled with an extended period of inertia in Congress, due to the Carnival holidays coming later this year, in March. This kept analysts and the population in “wait and see” mode over the government’s first months.