Trashy journos are ‘my friends’
Rio de Janeiro – Shortly after describing the media as “trash”, Brazilian far-right presidential front-runner Jair Bolsonaro turned around and called journalists “friends” and pledged to defend a free press, as he courts centrist voters ahead of a run-off election.
Bolsonaro rode a wave of anger over years of graft, rising violence and a weak economy to take a strong lead in Sunday’s firstround vote, winning 46% of votes. Many expect him to beat leftist Fernando Haddad, of the Workers Party, in the October 28 run-off.
But despite the 63-year-old’s strong showing at the ballot box, polls show Bolsonaro is disliked by large swathes of the electorate.
During his nearly three decades as a federal congressman, the former army captain alienated many voters with violent, misogynistic, and homophobic comments.
Those concerns have increased since last weekend’s election due to a growing list of attacks, allegedly by his supporters, against political opponents and by his antipathy toward the press, which he labeled “trash” in a Twitter post on Thursday. – Reuters