Jair Bolsonaro has long made anti-communism a way of life in politics.
It was in the revival of this belief that he gathered enough votes to be elected a councilor in Rio, remain a deputy for 27 years on the Chamber floor, and reach the presidency in 2018.
It governs preaching this belief, plans to renew the faith of the believers and convert new believers in the campaign for re-election.
He presents himself as an exorcist on a crusade to prevent the “return” of communism, but he doesn’t feel comfortable in the president’s chair.
“I, hey, by God it’s in heaven, this chair of mine is a disgrace, you don’t have peace, man,” — told reporters Mauricio Lima and Policarpo Junior, from Look, who wanted to know if Lula is their preferred opponent.
Bolsonaro made this introduction about the sacrifice of sitting in the chair of President of the Republic, and amended with the revalidation of his purpose in the fight for reelection: “The only satisfaction I have, one of the few, is knowing that there is no communist sitting in that chair . Just this one.”
Earlier this week, at the UN rostrum, he recalled that “Brazil has a president who believes in God, respects the Constitution, values the family and owes loyalty to his people — and that is a lot, considering that we were on the brink of socialism.”
Bolsonaro dreams of preventing the return of the “communist” Lula to the Planalto Palace. And Lula fantasizes about making it impossible for the “fascist” Bolsonaro to continue in the center of power.
It’s how they recognize each other. It’s the comeback game they’ve been playing for three decades. In essence, they are labels, they both know, and history records.
Lula, for example, was never a communist, he even rejected them at the beginning of his union life in São Bernardo do Campo (SP). He ran for the first presidential election on November 15, 1989, a week after the fall of the Berlin Wall, an event that marked the culmination of communism.
Bolsonaro had received an indulgence in the process of expulsion from the Army and was completing ten months of his debut in politics, as a councilor in the Rio Chamber. Three years later, he was in his first term as federal deputy when the television news showed an unusual Christmas scene: the removal of the Soviet flag from the mast of the Kremlin, symbol of power in Russia.
Although dead and buried, communism remained politically profitable in Brazil, a historic terreiro of zombie ideologies. In the crusade against the non-existent, Bolsonaro was successively re-elected in the Chamber.
In real life, he even helped elect Lula. In 2002 he campaigned for the “communist” of today, against José Serra, the “communist” of the time.
“I publicly confess that I voted for Lula in the second round, because I would never vote for Fernando Henrique Cardoso’s candidate,” he said in the Chamber’s gallery on the morning of Thursday, December 5th. It was 9:20 am, recorded the shorthand writers in the plenary. “In the first shift, I worked for Ciro Gomes, who lost,” he continued. “In the second one, I chose the option I considered the best.”
He exuded confidence in his victorious candidate: “There will be a fierce crisis ahead, but we keep hoping for better days.”
He ended with a suggestion to “comrade Lula, since it is fashionable to talk like that” about the composition of the new government: “Consult the PT, PCdoB and other parties to make your choices.”
After 19 years, Bolsonaro still has all the past in front of him.