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Alexandre Frota: The ex-porn star set to split Jair Bolsonaro’s party

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Congressman Alexandre Frota

In October of 2018, in the wake of Brazil’s general elections, pundits on 24-hour news channel Globo News gathered to discuss the main takeaways from the vote. Anchor Cristiana Lôbo pointed out that “traditional politicians” had lost the election, with “pastors, majors, and commanders” taking their place.

Visually troubled, long-time political pundit Merval Pereira piped up. “A porn actor,” he interjected. “A porn actor was elected, too.” An awkward silence ensued in the studio.

The “porn actor” to which Mr. Pereira was referring to is Alexandre Frota, the 55-year-old first-time member of Congress who was elected at the polls last...

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