In recent months, media outlets in Brazil had praised President Jair Bolsonaro’s restraint. After celebrating an alliance with traditional pork-barrelling parties in Congress (a group known as the “Big Center“), Mr. Bolsonaro reined in his frequent diatribes, giving uncautious observers a sensation that he might have decided to act more “presidential.”
Readers of The Brazilian Report were not about to fall into that trap. We explained that Mr. Bolsonaro’s true self is not one that is prone to conciliation and that a return to his belligerent ways was only a matter of time.
That happened on Tuesday — in a big way.