A recent meeting between Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Beatrix von Storch of the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany) caused consternation among the bien-pensants in Germany — and even among some supporters of the AfD, according to the article below.
Mr. Bolsonaro receives the same treatment in the international media as Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and former US President Donald Trump. Anyone who gets his news by skimming MSM articles or glancing at the talking heads on TV comes away with the idea that all three leaders are dangerous would-be totalitarian demagogues, if not outright neo-Nazis.
Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Politically Incorrect:
Counter-argument: Why is Jair Bolsonaro so popular in Brazil?
In Brazil, the conservative President Jair Bolsonaro, who was elected with 55 percent of the vote in 2018, is still extremely popular. In Germany, thanks to unanimous media defamation, he is viewed negatively even by conservatives. Many PI-News readers also criticized the meeting between Bolsonaro and Beatrix von Storch. A reply from the Brazilian author Fernando de Castro.
Jair Bolsonaro was elected in 2018 after almost 20 years of rule by the corrupt left-wing, centralist parties to strengthen the rights of the unborn and gun owners, rebuild state infrastructure and at the same time allow for more private-sector business.
Since then he has repeatedly been the target of left-wing attacks aimed at sabotaging his plans. The Left tries to subvert his agenda with fake news campaigns and waves of lawsuits in court. The Supreme Court, made up of judges appointed by the Left, openly attacks the Bolsonaro government and fuels conflict.
Bolsonaro’s “Dangerous Corona Policy”
During the Corona pandemic, the Bolsonaro government wanted to protect the people without destroying the economy — the policy that in retrospect has proven to be the most effective worldwide, for example in Scandinavia. In April of 2020 the National Congress approved the emergency aid package, with which 40 million Brazilians were entitled to 100 dollars in financial aid, as much as ten years of so-called “family support” from the previous left government.
At the beginning of the pandemic, however, the left-wing Supreme Court blocked presidential authority and authorized regional governors and mayors to independently issue quarantines. Bolsonaro has always been against the lockdown because he understands the serious consequences it will have, especially for poor people. “Hunger kills more people than the virus,” said the President in 2020.
In practice, however, Bolsonaro only had three measures left:
1) Providing cities and municipalities with medication; 2) Send money; 3) Propose easing measures that governors and mayors did not have to follow.
The president provided $37 billion for Corona aid.
(Note: The German media then presented this disempowerment of the president as “Bolsonaro’s dangerous Corona policy”.)
The Corona Corruption of Bolsonaro’s Opponents
While Brazil suffered 510,000 corona deaths, several governors and mayors diverted the federal government’s Corona aid funds for other purposes and were investigated by the federal police.
The governor of Rio de Janeiro, Wilson Witzel (Christian Social), lost his mandate due to money laundering, passive corruption and the formation of a criminal organization. According to federal police, he embezzled Corona funds for hospital construction.