President Jair Bolsonaro (without a party) said today (15) that “without an auditable vote” former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will win the 2022 elections “by fraud”. Once again, Bolsonaro participated in a crowded event without wearing a mask.
“If the biggest scoundrel in Brazilian history was removed from jail, if the scoundrel is given the right to run, what seems to me is that if we don’t have the auditable vote, this scoundrel, by fraud, wins the elections of the year that We cannot admit an electoral system that is liable to fraud “, said Bolsonaro.
Thousands of supporters of the president followed the speech, in front of the sound car, clusters and most of them without a mask to protect against the covid-19.
Datafolha poll released this week showed that Lula leads the electoral race of 2022. In a possible second round against Bolsonaro, the ex-president has 55% of the intention to vote, against 32% of the current chief executive.
Bolsonaro’s speech took place in a car that is part of a demonstration of support for the president, at the Esplanada dos Ministérios, in Brasília. On the vehicle, it says: “Whatever it takes, I authorize the president.”
Ministers without a mask
Ministers of the Bolsonaro government also made speeches in the sound car – like the president, none of them wore a protective mask against the covid-19. In a brief message, the Minister of Agriculture, Tereza Cristina, praised the importance of agribusiness. The Minister of Infrastructure, Tarcísio de Freitas, defended the government’s work in the development of highways and railways that benefit ruralists.
“Agribusiness is the greatest friend of the environment, that is the truth. Cities are the ones that pollute. Brazilian agribusiness is an example for the whole world,” said Ricardo Salles, Minister of the Environment.
The Minister of Tourism, Gilson Machado, played accordion, as he usually does in lives and even events with Bolsonaro, and also spoke words of support to the government. Defense Minister Walter Braga Netto was another present in the sound car.
Bolsonaro also again criticized governors and mayors who adopted measures of social isolation to fight the advance of the covid-19 pandemic.
“This pandemic was not really easy. But we managed to maintain the level of formal jobs. Already informal, almost 40 million [de empregos perdidos], who destroyed? There were some governors and mayors, with their policy, without any scientific proof, of ‘stay at home, the economy we will see later’ “, said the president.
“We regret the deaths by covid and all other deaths. But it is not by getting under the bed that we are going to face the problem,” Bolsonaro continued. So far, about 433,000 people have died from covid-19 in Brazil.