Appointed by a recent Datafolha survey as voter intention leaders for the 2022 elections, the president of the Republic, Jair Bolsonaro (no party), and former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) granted simultaneous interviews to different radio stations, both of which broadcast live on their social networks this morning.
In a harbinger of what could turn out to be an eventual dispute in 2022, there were attacks from side to side, bringing an electoral climate to the morning of Tuesday (20) that stirred supporters more than a year before the presidential election.
Lula announced yesterday on social networks that he would grant an interview at 8 am to Rádio Jovem Pan do Sergipe. For about an hour, the former president spoke about issues under debate such as the possibility of semi-presidentialism, commented on the economic situation in Brazil and made direct criticisms of the current president.
Now Bolsonaro is saying that if he is defeated in the elections he won’t hand over the banner? Bolsonaro, stop being chucro. Stop being stupid. Nobody wants to get the track from you. You can let the people swear in the elected president in 2022. And it won’t be you.
Lula, former president of the Republic
Bolsonaro, on the other hand, opened live on his Facebook a few minutes later to broadcast live the interview he gave to Rádio Itatiaia, from Minas Gerais, at Palácio da Alvorada. The 2022 dispute was not the central point of the conversation, but, as a recurrent one in his last manifestations, the president attacked Lula.
Look, Datafolha says that Lula has 46% and I have 25%. In the second round he beats 60% of me. Now I walk all over Brazil without a problem. He can’t buy a drink at the tavern that’s going to be booed.
Jair Bolsonaro, President of the Republic
Datafolha’s latest poll, published on July 9, showed Lula ahead of the poll stimulated with 46%, compared to 25% by Bolsonaro and 8% by Ciro Gomes (PDT). In the second round, the PT has a 58% advantage over 31% over the current president.
Lula repeats speech about candidacy
Right at the opening of the interview, Lula repeated the speech that he has not yet defined whether he will run for president in 2022, but he said that the “situation of Brazil” favors a decision for candidacy.
“It is precisely because of the difficult situation that the country is going through that perhaps I can define myself as a candidate in 2022. I am talking to a lot of people and at the right time I will make the decision whether it is possible to be a candidate or not,” he said.
The speech in the interview, however, followed the line of those who put themselves in the dispute. He said that the Bolsonaro government is causing a “dismantling” in Brazil, praised the work of the CPI and reinforced the banners of its possible candidacy, making a parallel about his government and the current one, mainly in relation to economic issues.