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Much-awaited video exposes gross mismanagement in Bolsonaro government

The much-anticipated footage of a Bolsonaro cabinet meeting has been made public. What can be made of this raw display of Bolsonarism?

The much-anticipated footage of a Bolsonaro cabinet meeting has been made public. What can be made of this raw display of Bolsonarism?
The polemic April 22 cabinet meeting. “I want the people to arm themselves!” Photo: Marcos Corrêa/PR

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...

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