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The “anything goes” of the electoral campaign in Brazil: between Satan and cannibalism

The campaign between Jair Bolsonaro and Lula da Silva entered the final stretch with an unprecedented degree of aggression (Reuters)
The campaign between Jair Bolsonaro and Lula da Silva entered the final stretch with an unprecedented degree of aggression (Reuters)

The brazilian election campaign has become a war to the last vote in which anything goes, especially the trash. Yesterday, during a rally in Belo Horizontein the state of mines Geraisthe candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva danced with Boy Buarque to the rhythm of the music “The Workers’ Party (PT) will win”. After the dance he said that he would go to two televised debates -of the four to which he was invited- “next to a genocidal” referring to the president Jair Messiah Bolsonaro. And as in a saga of horror movies he again accused him of cannibalism.

However the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) had ordered on Saturday the PT to remove from his election campaign an excerpt from a 2016 video interview of Bolsonaro with the diary New York Times. Bolsonaro told the journalist that he did not participate in an indigenous cannibalism ritual on one of his visits to a community because he did not find any willing travel companions to accompany him. According to the reasoning of the TSE judge Paul of Tarsus Sanseverinothe video had been taken out of its context.

The original meaning of the message was changed to suggest that Bolsonaro could have consumed human flesh in any circumstance.“, wrote Sanseverino in failure. But LulaUndeterred, he continued with his j’accuse. “We have not invented anything”, he said at another rally in Campinasin the state of Saint Paul, “it is not Lula’s campaign that says this, it is Bolsonaro himself who said it to an American journalist.” The president was quick to respond. In an interview with a channel Youtube I call Lulaliar, corrupt, thief and without character”. “Lula has surpassed even Al Capone”, he added.

The show about the alleged cannibalism of Bolsonaro occurs a few days after the call devil scandal. A video in which the most famous influencer satanist of Brazil, Vicky Vanillaclaimed that satanists supported Lula flooded the web and the Bolsonarist social networks. The former president even decided to publish an electoral manifesto in which he flatly denied the issue. “Lula never made a pact or talked with the devil”, he wrote on his official Instagram page. The TSE He also intervened in this matter, forcing the removal of the satanist’s video.

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, this October 9 (Reuters)
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, this October 9 (Reuters)

If the campaign PT accused Bolsonaro of being a Mason, extrapolating a video of his visit to a lodge in the 2018 campaign, Bolsonaro remains undaunted in his lulaflixa kind of Netflix anti-Lula where the main issues are the corruption of Lula and his party.

The two candidates also clashed over the issue of Northeast. In one of his live broadcasts Bolsonaro has associated the PT victory in this region of Brazil in the first round with illiteracy, unleashing the wrath of Lulawho asked “to those who have a drop of northeastern blood” that they do not vote for Bolsonaro.

There were no shortage of moments in this electoral campaign towards the second round that deserve a place in the manual of the trash. From the electoral poster in which a mongrel dog named Candy he says he votes for Bolsonaro so they don’t eat it like in Venezuelaeven the video of a child asking the child Jesus that instead of giving him a toy get him Lula be elected president because when he was “gave house, food, books and vaccine”.

But who is behind these campaigns that sometimes seem to forget voter intelligence as well as good taste? For him PT one of the main strategists is Sidônio Pereiradenounced last May by the Bahia Prosecutor’s Office for administrative error. According to the complaint, he embezzled 7.5 million reais (1.5 million dollars) from the public coffers of the state of Baywhere he oversaw campaigns for checks Wagner Y Rui Coastboth of PT. Only in electoral marketing, Lula would have spent 26.9 million reais (5.2 million dollars), according to the TSE.

President Jair Bolsonaro at the Alvorada Palace, in Brasilia, on October 9, 2022 (Reuters)
President Jair Bolsonaro at the Alvorada Palace, in Brasilia, on October 9, 2022 (Reuters)

Bolsonaro You have not declared your expenses. Among its main strategists are the Paulista publicist Doubt Limewith a background as communication advisor to the Game Liberal (PL) of BolsonaroY Sergio Limeinvestigated in 2020 for alleged undemocratic acts for providing digital communication services to Bolsonarista deputies accused of attacking the Federal Supreme Court (STF) on social networks. However, the son of Bolsonaro, Carlosoversees his father’s campaign strategy.

The electoral circus does not seem destined to end soon. Among other things, because in addition to the two candidates there are also influencers whose impact on their followers is important. Bolsonarist social networks, especially in Telegram according to an analysis of the Federal University of Bahia, viralized the unfounded theory of fraud in the first round. The pro-Lula, on the contrary, denounce the “hate offices” of the government of Bolsonaro capable of producingthe largest joint fake news” of the history of the country.

And they say they are fake news those that have affected the unexpected head-to-head between Lula Y Bolsonaro in the first round. This is the case, for example, of the influencer Philip Net16.4 million followers only in Instagram and a declared anti-Bolsonarist.

Brazilian Senator Simone Tebet, third in the presidential elections, declared on Wednesday her support for Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva for the October 30 runoff, when the leftist will face President Jair Bolsonaro (AFP)
Brazilian Senator Simone Tebet, third in the presidential elections, declared on Wednesday her support for Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva for the October 30 runoff, when the leftist will face President Jair Bolsonaro (AFP)

In the last few hours he has lit the fuse by writing in Twitter that “everything indicates that the false news about Marcola supporting Lula played a role in the elections on day 2 and it was not a small role”. Net refers to the news of a wiretap by the federal police in prison in which the leader of the most important criminal group in Brazilthe First Capital Command, Marcos Willians Herbas Camachoknown as Marcolastated that he preferred Lula a Bolsonaro despite considering the former a fraud. The president of the TSE censored the scoop of the site OR Antagonist because, in his opinion, it was not a declaration of political support for Marcola a Lula.

In recent days, the story of Celsus Danielthe mayor of PT of Saint Bernard do Countryside mysteriously murdered in 2002. Bolsonaro he had made this a workhorse in his last televised debate before the first round. And he keeps repeating it in this second phase of his electoral campaign. A few days ago an interview Mara Gabrilli on the brazilian station young bread had exploded in their social networks because Gabrilli revealed that Lulaaccording to her, had paid 12 million reais to a local businessman so as not to be accused of being behind the murder of Daniel. Gabrilli was a substitute for simone Tebethof Brazilian Democratic Movement (MDB). Tebethcandidate for the presidency, came in third place after Bolsonaro Y Lula who declared his support for the second round. Also the video of Gabrilli was withdrawn by order of TSE.

Lula For his part, he repeats like a mantra that the first thing he will do when he is president is break the 100-year seal imposed by the government of Bolsonaro. He refers especially to the decisions taken by the Comptroller General of the Union (CGU) and other bodies of the executive power that legitimized the secrecy of various information, such as the disciplinary proceedings opened against the then Minister of Health Eduardo Pazuello (PL-RJ), and the input and output registers of the Planalto Palace. Lula also attacked Bolsonaro for his government’s cuts in education, accusing him of diverting that money for the so-called secret budget, that is, a legal but shady mechanism to transfer funds from the executive to legislators.

In a country like Brazilwhere 33 million people live in a state of severe food insecurity, so far Lula has taken out 125.6 million reais, some 25 million dollars, to finance his electoral campaign while Bolsonaro 43.3 million reais, about 8 million dollars. Brazilians hope that in the coming weeks all that money will serve to transform the campaign, currently a “anything goes” full of trashin a useful tool to communicate to voters the programs of the two candidates.

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