The terrible tragedy involving the death of Bruno Pereira and Bishop Phillips forced the president Jair Bolsonaro take a step back in your campaign strategy.
The same Twitter used massively by him to seal and make jokes had to make room for a message of solidarity with the families of Bruno and Dom, something unimaginable. “Our condolences to the family and may God comfort the hearts of all,” the president wrote.
Bolsonaro had to give in, but it was not willingly. The international pressure on the government in the case was great and the president was forced to say something that was not ironic or mocking.
Before the confirmation of death, he even said that Bruno and Dom were on an adventure “that it is not recommended to do”. A complete absurdity.
Tragedy takes Bolsonaro’s Achilles heel: his insensitivity in the face of death, as happened in the pandemic, had to give way to a message of solidarity.
In addition, it is undeniable that Bolsonaro encouraged crime in the Amazon region by diminishing the importance of indigenous people and giving space to prospectors and traffickers.
The president’s stance has changed mainly because we are in an election year.
Bolsonaro has again invested in the lacrador character that worked in 2018. As a Folha report written by journalists Thaísa Oliveira and Marianna Holanda showed, the president gains engagement when he mocks statements by artists, such as Anitta, and when he makes fun of his political opponents.
The plan worked in 2018, but now Bolsonaro has a fundamental point against him: in his campaign four years ago, he was not the one who was in the presidency, that is, the country’s problems were not placed on his account. Now, after 3 years of a terrible government, he has to manage criticism while trying to use “sealing” to minimize his serious mistakes.