Jair Bolsonaro has shown himself to hold fascist ideals that will take Brazil back decades, argues Benjamin Fogel of The Independent. His stance on jailing political opponents and desire to demolish the country’s left indicate worrying plans to undermine Brazil's democracy. Bolsonaro supports state violence, seeing it as necessary to achieve the government's goals. Human rights seem to mean little to him. His support grew due to a fake news campaign that painted the left as communist plotters that want to make Brazilian children transsexuals. Journalists and academics that have gone against him are already being silenced. He is bad for Brazil.
After many years of economic stagnation and corruption, Jair Bolsonaro is a man of the people who can put Brazil on the right track again, holds Deborah Srour-Politis of The Jerusalem Post. The government, under Lula, saw the elite become richer as the rest of the country slipped into poverty. Like Trump, he is a populist who the people embraced due to longstanding frustration. Bolsonaro has been heavily vilified by mainstream media, which is unfair. Painting him as a racist, sexist or admirer of the military dictatorship is not based on facts. He will re-organize the government, rout out corruption and crime and give Brazilians a reason to be proud again.