The president Jair Bolsonaro continues to test the patience of the authorities he should respect.
After speaking absurdly at an event in Maringá this Wednesday, 11th, including new attacks against the electoral system and the speech that civilian weapons can be a reinforcement against a “threat [comunista]”, he received an answer worthy of Edson Fachin, president of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE).
During a visit to the TSE rooms where the security tests are carried out in the electronic voting machines this Thursday, 12, Fachin said that “it is the unarmed forces who are dealing with elections and, therefore, they concern the civilian population, who freely and consciously choose their representatives”.
The statement is clearly a response to Bolsonaro, who, in addition to defending that the Armed Forces accompany the electoral process, defends the arming of the population against the outcome of the elections. If he loses, of course.
“Only dictators fear the armed people. I want every good citizen to have a firearm to resist, if necessary, the temptation of a dictator on duty”, said the president.
Everything Bolsonaro has been saying about the polls is extremely serious, but yesterday’s statements are even more serious because, at the same time that he calls into question the security of the electoral process, the president still defends that the population is armed to fight against this crisis. “threat” he says exists.
This, along with the Defense Minister, the new active-duty general who shamed the Armed Forces.
Bolsonaro continues to attack the polls, the TSE, the Powers, the authorities and the Democratic Rule of Law. In saying that the people must be armed to fight a threat of “communization”, he is talking about the Brazilian left and the one who, so far, threatens his continuity in power: former president Lula, leader of the polls.
Like the real dictator, Bolsonaro defends weapons against his opponents and tries to justify himself by saying that his government values democracy. Knowing how to lose and accepting defeat is the main part of the democratic game that the president is forgetting to exercise. Even without the results of the October elections in hand.