Bolsonaro, “Trump of the Tropics,” wins Brazil presidential race

Bolsonaro, “Trump of the Tropics,” wins Brazil presidential race, by Jake Spring.

Far -right Jair Bolsonaro won Brazil’s presidential election on Sunday, riding a wave of frustration over corruption and crime that brought a dramatic swing to the right in the world’s fourth-largest democracy.

With 94 percent of ballots counted, Bolsonaro had 56 percent of the votes in the run-off election against left-wing hopeful Fernando Haddad of the Workers Party (PT), who had 44 percent, according to the electoral authority TSE.

“We cannot continue flirting with communism … We are going to change the destiny of Brazil,” Bolsonaro said in an acceptance address in which he vowed to carry out his campaign promises to stamp out corruption after years of leftist rule.

The former army captain’s rise has been propelled by rejection of the leftist PT that ran Brazil for 13 of the last 15 years and was ousted two years ago in the midst of a deep recession and political graft scandal. …

Many Brazilians are concerned that Bolsonaro, an admirer of Brazil’s 1964-1985 military dictatorship and a defender of its use of torture on leftist opponents, will trample on human rights, curtail civil liberties and muzzle freedom of speech.

The media are calling him “far right,” presumably earning the “far” because they especially dislike him. When have you ever heard a leftist president called “far left”? Even Castro, Stalin, Mao, Mugabe and Bernie Sanders didn’t earn a “far”. Really, what does it take to be “far left” in the eyes of today’s media?