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Bolsonaro’s words come back to haunt him

Jair Bolsonaro tried to fabricate evidence of the threats of Venezuelan socialism in Brazil. He ended up facing accusations of being a pedophile, which have rattled his campaign

In a Friday rant, Mr. Bolsonaro said one of the 11 Supreme Court justices is "helping to bury Brazil." Photo: Gabriela Bilo/Folhapress
Jair Bolsonaro throwing a rant at the presidential palace. Photo: Gabriela Bilo/Folhapress

Moments before the first debate of Brazil’s presidential runoff stage last Sunday, President Jair Bolsonaro said in a press conference he had endured “the worst 24 hours” of his life. Thousands of people online were accusing him of being a pedophile.

It all began with an interview for a football-centered podcast on Friday, when Mr. Bolsonaro began talking about the dangers of socialism and the afflictions of Venezuelan immigrants living in Brazil. 

During a visit to a poor community in Brasília, he said, he ran into “cute girls, 14 and 15 years old.” Mr. Bolsonaro claimed “there was a vibe”...

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