One of the most striking features of Jair Bolsonaro’s psyche is his inability to admit mistakes. For him, it’s always someone else’s fault. His biggest disaster was, without a doubt, the management of the pandemic. Although the virus has brought us surprises, all the information necessary to manage the crisis was within reach of a cell phone, with the seal of the WHO and some of the best medical-scientific institutions in the world. Still, the president managed to make an impressive series of mistakes.
Not only did he not make the effort to get vaccines, he did what he could to demoralize them. He claimed that people could turn into an alligator if they took them. Not only did he not work to reduce contamination rates, he encouraged crowds. Even against the poor woman in the mask he rebelled. The result materialized in the form of almost 700,000 deaths, contradicting his initial prediction that Sars-CoV-2 would be nothing more than a little flu. And he still mocked the sick and advertised drugs that didn’t work. In a surrealist tirade, he had the courage to say that he had not been wrong in any way regarding the pandemic.
For Bolsonaro, the blame for the disease and its consequences should be credited to the Chinese, the STF, governors, mayors and fate in general.
Despite the bad management, the pandemic came cheap for Bolsonaro. He was not impeached and even experienced spikes in popularity with the R$600 emergency aid.
Now, by the looks of it, inflation, for which Bolsonaro bears little blame (the senseless economic measures he took exacerbated the problem, although they did not create it), will cost him reelection. And the beautiful thing, when it comes to the “feel bad factor”, the economic malaise that contaminates politics, is that it cannot be appealed. This problem Bolsonaro will not be able to outsource.
I don’t believe in gods, but I appreciate your sense of irony.
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