Just five months into his term, President Jair Bolsonaro’s relationship with Congress has reached a level of toxicity which is rarely seen in Brazilian politics. As a candidate, he promised not to negotiate with parties—equating any kind of compromise with the traditional political class to corruption, going as far as saying that this style of governance landed two former presidents in jail. In response, lawmakers have inflicted a series of defeats on the administration, as well as stalling the progress of the pension reform, and pushing forward a tax reform without even consulting the Economy Ministry.
Meanwhile, Mr. Bolsonaro’s approval ratings are tumbling. Less than five months into his term, more people believe he is doing a “bad or terrible” job in office than those who approve his actions as president.