How a homophobic, misogynist, racist ‘thing’ could be Brazil’s next president | Eliane Brum

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Jair Bolsonaro is the monstrous product of the country’s silence about the crimes committed by its former dictatorship

Many people in Brazil cannot bring themselves to utter the name of the rightwing extremist expected to win the first round of voting in the country’s presidential election on Sunday. On social networks, the former army officer Jair Bolsonaro is often referred to simply as “the thing”.

To understand why Bolsonaro evokes such dread, consider some of the things he has said in the last few years:

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