For an entire week, Brazilians were on the edge of their seats, waiting for the release of footage of an April 22 cabinet meeting. According to former Operation Car Wash judge and ex-Justice Minister Sergio Moro, the video would expose that President Jair Bolsonaro wanted to illegally meddle with the Federal Police. Supreme Court Justice Celso de Mello — who ordered the video be made public — was reportedly “incredulous” with its contents. Now that the video is out, what can we make of it?
The explicit display of Bolsonarism on video is damning, but not necessarily in regard to the investigation into the president. Mr. Bolsonaro’s quotes related to meddling in the Federal Police were already public knowledge, and they will be commented on later. However, there were other segments that did not sit well with defenders of democracy,