President Jair Bolsonaro managed to draw large crowds for his protests against the Supreme Court. But they weren’t nearly as massive as the government had hoped.
They showed that Jair Bolsonaro is strong enough to create political havoc at least until the 2022 election — but not strong enough to topple democracy. Something’s gotta give, but what?
Harsh reactions could prompt even more radical moves by the president. Meanwhile, for the rest of the political class, standing back and doing nothing could be just as dangerous.