Countless labels have been used to describe President Jair Bolsonaro since he took office in January 2019, the majority of which have not been charitable to the far-right head of state. Accused of gross negligence in his government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, Mr. Bolsonaro is seeing his once steadfast popularity begin to slide. According to Flávio Dino, governor of northeastern state Maranhão and the leading figure in the opposition Communist Party of Brazil (PCdoB), no politician in the world has committed more crimes and issued more threats against the Constitution than Brazil’s president.
Calling Mr. Bolsonaro a “serial killer,” “unstable,” “inhuman,” and “sadistic,” Mr. Dino tells The Brazilian Report in an exclusive interview that there are more than enough reasons to impeach the president, but that the political mood is not yet conducive to removing the head of state.
“[Mr.] Bolsonaro is a serial killer. He violates the Constitution and the law in a reiterated fashion almost every day. It’s hard to think of a president or head of state in the history of this planet who has broken the rules, breached the Constitution, and committed as many crimes as Bolsonaro has,” stressed the Maranhão Governor.
While Mr. Dino’s criticism is not restricted to the coronavirus pandemic, he points out that Brazil has been fighting two enemies during the unprecedented health crisis: the virus itself, and President Bolsonaro’s denial of its severity.
“Bolsonaro thinks that the coronavirus doesn’t exist. He actually thinks that. This incident with the vaccine is a continuation of other episodes of negligence, with inputs, preventive measures, distancing, the use of masks. The vaccine is just another chapter in the book of Bolsonaro’s negligence.”
See the main highlights of the interview below:
This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.