In Brazilian Bolsonaro, everyone else is the fault of the virus
When Brazil becomes one of the most infected countries in the world, President Jair Bolsonaro will take responsibility for the coronavirus crisis and take responsibility for mayors, governors, the outgoing health minister and the media.
In contrast, he sees himself as a clear-eyed crusader willing to defend an unpopular idea – that shutting down a farm to control COVID-19 will ultimately cause more suffering than allowing the disease to develop. He said governors ’refusal to comply with the regulation authorizing the opening of gyms points to authoritarianism.
Asked if Brazil exceeds the death toll in China, he expressed impotence: “I don’t do miracles. What do you want me to do? ”Faced with a travel ban imposed on Brazil by the United States over the widespread COVID-19, one of his advisers called it cheese hysteria.
Since the outbreak began, the Brazilian leader has avoided recognizing the potential effects of his actions, especially because he has undermined local leaders ’recommendations to stay home. A rare exception occurred in mid-April when Bolsonaro appointed a new health minister tasked with ridding the economy of the coronavirus.
“Re-opening the trade is a risk that I run because if it (the virus) gets worse, it will fall on my lap,” he said.
Less than two weeks later, when the death toll in Brazil is past 5,000, he told reporters, “You’re not going to put that number on your lap, which is not mine.”
Almost a month later, the number of deaths nationwide has quadrupled to 21,666 and continues to accelerate.
The Brazilian Supreme Court has ruled that states and cities have jurisdiction to impose containment measures. So on May 7, Bolsonaro purposefully walked the capital’s Three Powers Plaza to the Supreme Court, a close-knit group of ministers and business leaders who needed to be towed and demanded that local restrictions be eased.
“Some states have gone too far in their restrictive measures and the consequences are knocking us,” he said. He added and added that tens of millions of Brazilians lost their income. He has repeatedly appointed some local leaders.
When governors refused Bolsonaro’s subsequent decree that gyms, hairdressers and beauty salons should be run as essential services, he accused them of undermining the rule of law and suggested that the move would lead to “undesirable authoritarianism in Brazil”.
On Saturday night, Bolsonaro entered the Brazilian capital to set an example, this time consuming a hot dog bought from a street vendor. The video posted on Facebook showed that fans are pinching self-portraits and calling them by their nickname – “Myth!” – while those in self-sufficient quarantine facing the flats slammed pots and pans in protest.
According to a May 17-18 poll of XP / Ipespe, 58% of those surveyed rated Bolsonaro’s pandemic response as bad or terrible, and only 21% rated it as good or excellent. The presidents have acted more than twice in both numbers. The error rate for the poll was 3.2 percentage points.
The largest nation in Latin America has identified 363,000 cases of COVID-19, more than any nation except the United States, and experts say this number is a significant understatement due to inadequate testing. The burden on underfunded hospitals in Brazil has pushed them to the brink of collapse in several states and prevents the treatment of some patients.
Miguel Lago, executive director of the Brazilian Institute for Health Policy Studies, which advises public health officials, devastation, and heartache develops in the absence of leadership. Two health ministers resigned during the pandemic, becoming Brazil’s only nation in the world to claim such discrimination, he said.
Brazil is “completely incapable of dealing with and responding to the crisis because it needs to respond to the crisis – with full leadership, clear messages, political stability and unity,” Lago said. – That’s not what this is about. Basically what we see is a complete lack of seriousness and competence. ”
The far-right leader has fired his first health minister, Luiz Henrique Mandete, for supporting the governor’s restrictions. In her outgoing speech, Mandetta referred to Bolsonaro, in which she later confirmed to Época magazine that she had referred to Albert Camus ’book“ The Plague ”. The novel about the sick city contains a passage that people who did not believe in the plague would die first because they did not take precautions.
Bolsonaro’s second minister, Nelson Teich, is approx. He resigned a month later after openly agreeing with Bolsonaro over chloroquine, his anti-malarial predecessor that U.S. President Donald Trump often refers to. During his 17-month tenure, Bolsonaro often expressed his open admiration for Trump and the United States.
Trump must release his government’s virus expert and expert successor, take part in pandemic demonstrations and extend chloroquine treatment to “approach the level of crisis competence” shown by Bolsonaro, Ian Bremmer, Eurasia Group Policy Adviser President. said Twitter this month.
After weeks of praising chlorquin and directing the military to speed up production, Bolsonaro admitted last week that there was no scientific evidence of its effectiveness, but claimed the nation was “at war” and better to fight and lose than not to fight. . The country still has only a temporary minister of health: a general who has no health experience before April.
In the capital, Bolsonaro supporters staged a small demonstration in front of the presidential palace on Sunday, as they have been holding for several weeks. Bolsonaro joined and raised his arm again.
He shared a video of the demonstration while the helicopter was flying, revealing a rarely busy plasma. Perhaps 1,000 people attended the 3 million cities. One tape says, “Closures kill more than the Chinese virus !!!”
On the same day, Trump banned foreigners from Brazil from entering the United States. Trump has already banned some travelers from China, Europe, the UK and Ireland, and to a lesser extent Iran. It did not lift the ban on travel from Russia, where the number of infections is the third highest in the world.
Bolsonaro’s special adviser on international affairs, Filipe Martins, tweeted that the ban was a natural consequence of Brazil’s large population. “There is nothing explicitly against Brazil. He ignores the hysteria of the press, ”he said. Bolsonaro shared Martins ’comment on social media, but hasn’t commented on himself yet.
On Monday morning, when he left the presidential residence, Bolsonaro refused to answer questions from reporters. One supporter grabbed his attention and begged him to launch a “huge propaganda” campaign to improve his negative image abroad.
“The global press is on the left,” Bolsonaro explained coolly, then reached out fully, pointing to reporters.
After Bolsonaro entered his car, his supporters turned to journalists and blew them up as “garbage” and “communists” with obscene movements and threats.