On Monday, retired Army General Augusto Heleno was invited by Band TV as a special guest for the station’s electoral broadcast. He was there to discuss his candidate’s proposals for the country, as well as the runoff stage campaign that started that very day. Gen. Heleno was Mr. Bolsonaro’s plan A for vice president, and the only reason he’s not on the ticket is that the general’s party decided to pull out at the last minute. Now, he serves as an advisor on matters of security and national defense.
When asked about what would be the new administration’s top priority – should Mr. Bolsonaro win the election – the general said: “[Violence] stopped being a public safety issue and became a national security issue. The entire country is undergoing a crisis. I’ve made several warnings: we can’t continue on the path to becoming a narco-state.”