|38th President of Brazil|
|Assumed office |
1 January 2019
|Vice President||Hamilton Mourão|
|Preceded by||Michel Temer|
|Federal Deputy for Rio de Janeiro|
1 February 1991 – 1 January 2019
|Councillor of Rio de Janeiro|
1 January 1989 – 1 February 1991
Jair Messias Bolsonaro
21 March 1955
Glicério, São Paulo, Brazil
|Political party||PSL (2018–present)|
|Residence||Palácio da Alvorada|
|Education||Agulhas Negras Military Academy|
|Years of service||1973–1988|
|Commands||21st Field Artillery Group|
9th Field Artillery Group
8th Parachutist Field Artillery Group
Jair Messias Bolsonaro (Brazilian Portuguese: [ʒaˈiʁ meˈsi.ɐz bowsoˈnaɾu] or [ʒaˈiɾ]; born 21 March 1955) is a Brazilian politician and retired military officer, serving as the 38th President of Brazil since 1 January 2019. He served in the country's Chamber of Deputies, representing the state of Rio de Janeiro, between 1991 and 2018. He currently is a member of the conservative Social Liberal Party.
Bolsonaro was born in the small town of Glicério, in the northwest area of the state of São Paulo. He graduated from the Agulhas Negras Military Academy in 1977 and served in the Brazilian Army's field artillery and parachutist groups. He became known to the public in 1986, when he wrote an article for Veja magazine criticizing low wages for military officers, after which he was arrested and detained for fifteen days. One year later he was accused by the same magazine of planning to plant bombs in military units, which he denied. After a first degree conviction, he ended up acquitted by the Brazilian Supreme Military Court in 1988.
He joined the reserve army in 1988 with the rank of Captain and ran for the Rio de Janeiro City Council in that same year, being elected while a member of the Christian Democratic Party. Bolsonaro was elected in 1990 to the lower chamber of Congress and was subsequently re-elected six times. During his 27-year tenure as a congressman, he became known for his strong support of national conservatism. He is a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage and homosexuality, abortion, affirmative action, drug liberalization and secularism. In foreign policy, he has advocated closer relations to the United States and Israel. During the 2018 presidential campaign, he started to advocate for economic liberal and pro-market policies. A polarizing and controversial politician, his views and comments, which have been described as far-right and populist in nature, have drawn both praise and criticism in Brazil.
Bolsonaro announced his pre-candidacy for president in March 2016 as a member of the Social Christian Party. However, he left the party in 2018 and joined the Social Liberal Party, which launched his presidential campaign in August 2018 with retired general Hamilton Mourão as his running mate. He portrays himself as an outsider and a supporter of family values. He came in first place in the first round of the general election on 7 October 2018, with Workers' Party candidate Fernando Haddad coming in second place. The two candidates faced a run-off on 28 October 2018, and Bolsonaro was elected with 55.1% of the vote.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Military career
- 3 Political career
- 4 Political views
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Honours
- 7 Electoral history
- 8 Ancestry
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Bolsonaro was born on 21 March 1955 in the town of Glicério, in São Paulo, in the southeast region of Brazil, to Percy Geraldo Bolsonaro and Olinda Bonturi. His family is mostly of Italian descent, with some German ancestry. On his father's side, he is the great-grandson of Italians from Veneto and Calabria. Bolsonaro's paternal grandfather's family comes from Veneto, more precisely the city of Anguillara Veneta, in the province of Padua. His great-grandfather, Vittorio Bolzonaro (the surname was originally written with a Z), was born on 12 April 1878. Vittorio's parents immigrated to Brazil when he was ten, together with his little siblings, Giovanna and Tranquillo. His German ancestry came from his father's maternal grandfather, Carl "Carlos" Hintze, born in Hamburg around 1876, who immigrated to Brazil in 1883. His maternal grandparents were born in the Italian city of Lucca, in Tuscany, and went to live in Brazil in the 1890s.
Bolsonaro spent most of his childhood moving around São Paulo with his family, living in the cities of Ribeira, Jundiaí, and Sete Barras, before settling in the town of Eldorado, in the southern region of the state, in 1966, where he would grow up together with his five brothers.
In his final years in high school, Bolsonaro was admitted to the Escola Preparatória de Cadetes do Exército (the prep school of the Brazilian Army), where he entered in 1973. In 1974, he went to the Academia Militar das Agulhas Negras (Brazil's main military academy), graduating in 1977, as an Artillery officer. He served in the 9th Field Artillery Group, in Nioaque, Mato Grosso do Sul. Later he studied at the Army Physical Training School in Rio de Janeiro and served in the 21st Field Artillery Group and in the 8th Paratrooper Field Artillery Group, from the Paratrooper Brigade, both in the same city. His superior officers described him as "aggressive" and having an "excessive ambition to get financial and economical gain". The assessment referred to Bolsonaro's attempt to mine gold in Bahia state; according to him, the activity was only a "hobby and mental hygiene". In 1987, he studied in the Officers Improvement School, where he made the Artillery Advanced Course.
Bolsonaro's first rise to publicity came in 1986 when he gave an interview to the news magazine Veja. He complained about low salaries in the military and claimed that the High Command was firing officers due to budgetary cuts and not because they were displaying 'deviations of conduct', as the command was telling the press. Despite being reprimanded by his superiors, Bolsonaro received praise from fellow officers and wives of military men, becoming a household name for a lot of hardliners and right-wingers who were growing disenchanted with Brazil's new civilian democratic government.
In October 1987, Bolsonaro faced a new accusation. The same Veja magazine reported that, with an Army colleague, he had plans to plant bombs in military units in Rio de Janeiro. After Bolsonaro called the allegation "a fantasy", the magazine published, in its subsequent edition, sketches in which the plan was detailed. The drawings had been allegedly produced by Bolsonaro himself. Official records unearthed by the newspaper O Estado de S.Paulo in 2018 detailed the case. After an investigation by an administrative military organ named Justification Board, Bolsonaro was unanimously considered guilty. According to this board, Bolsonaro had a "serious personality deviation and a professional deformation," "lack of moral courage to leave the Army" and "lied throughout the process" when denying frequent contacts with the Veja magazine. The case was then analysed by the Supreme Military Court. The General in charge of reporting the case voted for his acquittal, arguing that Bolsonaro had already been penalised for the initial article in Veja, that there was no testimonial evidence of his plans to plant bombs and that there were "deep contradictions in the four graphological exams", two of which failed to conclude that Bolsonaro was indeed the author of the sketches. He ended up acquitted by the majority of the court (9 x 4 votes). In December 1988, just after this ruling, Bolsonaro left the Army to begin his political career. In total, he served in the military for fifteen years, reaching the rank of Captain.
Councillor of Rio de Janeiro (1989–1991)
In 1988, he entered politics by getting elected as city councillor in Rio de Janeiro by the Christian Democratic Party. He spent only two years in the Municipal Chamber of Rio de Janeiro. Bolsonaro was a quiet, discreet and conservative councilor, and showed little participation. His term as councilor was used mainly to give visibility to military causes, such as retirement.
Federal Deputy for Rio de Janeiro (1991–2018)
In the 1990 elections, he was elected a federal deputy from the same party. He served seven consecutive terms, from 1991 to 2018. He has been affiliated with several other Brazilian political parties over the years. In 2014, he was the congressman who gained the most votes in Rio de Janeiro, with 465,000 votes.
In his 27 years of service in the Brazilian National Congress, he put forward one constitutional amendment and at least 171 bills, passing two of them into law. According to Bolsonaro, who claims to be persecuted by the left-wing parties, most congressmen do not vote according to their agenda, but "by who the author of the bill is".
In January 2018, Bolsonaro abandoned the Social Christian Party and switched to the Social Liberal Party (PSL). Following Bolsonaro's arrival, the PSL adopted conservative and right-wing positions, and its social liberal group Livres announced their departure from the party.
Presidential campaign (2018)
On 22 July 2018, Bolsonaro was officially nominated by the Social Liberal Party (PSL) as its presidential candidate for the 2018 election. Bolsonaro was also endorsed by the Brazilian Labour Renewal Party. His coalition name was "Brazil above everything, God above everyone" (Brasil acima de tudo, Deus acima de todos). Though contested by two lawsuits, the Superior Electoral Court of Brazil deferred them and his candidacy was made official on 6 August. Bolsonaro announced in August that Antônio Hamilton Mourão, a retired army general, would be his running mate for the upcoming election.
According to political pundits, early in the campaign, Bolsonaro moderated his tone, taking a less aggressive and confrontational style. Economically, he started to support the idea of less government intervention in the economy (in contrast to what he had stated in the past, when he defended developmentalists policies). On the other hand, he maintained his tough stance on crime and his defense of "traditional family values". Bolsonaro also said he planned to cut taxes across the board, particularly on inheritances and businesses, in order to generate growth and tackle unemployment. He also promised more austerity measures and cuts in government spending, but had difficulty naming the areas where he would make these cuts. He also mentioned he would work to diminish the size and bureaucracy of the federal government by throwing out a wide variety of deregulation measures. Bolsonaro's promises to restore security amid record high crime and to stamp out the country's rampant political corruption won him huge popular support. In October, Bolsonaro announced he would name liberal economist Paulo Guedes to serve as his Finance minister.
On 9 August 2018, he attended the first presidential debate of the year, organized by the TV network Rede Bandeirantes. A week later, there was another debate at RedeTV!. On 28 August, he gave an interview to Jornal Nacional, Brazil's best rated prime time news program, at Rede Globo.
Jair Bolsonaro was the first candidate for the presidency that was able to raise over R$1 million in donations from the public during the 2018 campaign. In the first 59 days, he amassed an average of R$17,000 per day in donations.
After the Workers' Party candidate Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was arrested in April 2018, Bolsonaro became the front-runner, according to all major opinion polls, for that year's presidential election. A Datafolha poll from September, for instance, showed Bolsonaro as the leading candidate in the first round with 28% of vote intentions; however, run-off scenarios showed Bolsonaro losing to opponents Geraldo Alckmin, Fernando Haddad and Ciro Gomes and tying with Marina Silva. Another poll from Datafolha, conducted in the week leading up to election day, showed a considerable surge for Bolsonaro, who had 40% of vote intentions, or 36% when null or blank vote intentions are included. Fernando Haddad came in second with 25%, and Ciro Gomes in third with 15%.
The first round of the election occurred on 7 October 2018, with Bolsonaro finishing it in first place with 46% of the popular vote (or 49.2 million people). Since he failed to win overall 50% of valid votes needed to win outright, he faced the second most voted, Fernando Haddad from the Workers' Party, in the second round that was held on 28 October 2018.
After the first round, when his victory already looked certain, Bolsonaro gave a speech by videolink to thousands of supporters who gathered at the Paulista Avenue, in São Paulo. In the speech, he threatened to arrest, purge or kill "reds" and "petralhas" (a derogatory term for Worker's Party's members), and promised that members of the social movements MST and MTST would be treated as "terrorists". He said: “This time, the clean-up will be even greater. This group ["reds"], if they want to stay, will have to abide by our laws... These red outlaws will be banned from our homeland. Either they go overseas, or they go to jail... Petralhada, you all go to the edge of the beach. It will be a cleaning never seen in the history of Brazil" . The "edge of the beach", it was later confirmed by a Bolsonaro aide, was a reference to a Navy base at Restinga da Marambaia, in Rio de Janeiro State, where dissidents of the Brazilian military dictatorship were tortured and killed by the regime. The speech was widely condemned by rivals, journalists and politicians.
During the campaign, academics repeatedly raised concerns on the consequences of Bolsonaro's rise for the Brazilian democracy. Writing for the news magazine Foreign Policy, Federico Finchelstein, a historian at the New School for Social Research who specialises in fascism, said: "Bolsonaro’s vocabulary recalls the rhetoric behind Nazi policies of persecution and victimization. But does sounding like a Nazi make him a Nazi? Insomuch as he believes in holding elections, he is not there yet. However, things could change quickly if he gains power." Jason Stanley, a Yale's philosopher who has published widely on nazism, argued in an interview that Bolsonaro "uses more tactics associated to fascism than [the] American president Donald Trump". Harvard's Steven Levitsky stated that Bolsonaro "is clearly authoritarian", but not a fascist. Similar concerns were raised by analysts in Portugal and Brazil. Others, such as Marxist historian Perry Anderson, dismissed the "fascist" and "populist" labels altogether.
Another highly controversial aspect of the campaign was the alleged use of illegal digital communication strategies by some of Bolsonaro's most important financial supporters. According to an investigation by Folha de S.Paulo, one of Brazil's best selling newspapers, "Bolsonaro has been getting an illegal helping hand from a group of Brazilian entrepreneurs who are bankrolling a campaign to bombard WhatsApp users with fake news about [Fernando] Haddad." The suspicions led to a formal investigation by electoral authorities and the Federal Police; Bolsonaro and allies denied any wrongdoing.
Attack during campaign event
Bolsonaro was stabbed in the stomach on 6 September 2018 while campaigning and interacting with supporters in the city of Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais. At first, his son Flávio Bolsonaro stated that his father's wounds were only superficial and he was recovering in the hospital, but Flávio later stated that the wounds seemed worse than initially thought and his father most likely would not be able to start campaigning personally before the end of the first round. He tweeted about his father's condition, explaining that the perforation reached parts of the liver, lung, and intestine. He also stated that Bolsonaro had lost a large amount of blood, arriving at the hospital with severe hypotension (his blood pressure was 10/3, equivalent to 100/30 mmHg), but that he had since stabilized. The attack was condemned by most of the other candidates in the presidential race, from both sides of the political spectrum, and by then current Brazilian president Michel Temer. The day after the attack, Bolsonaro was transferred to the Albert Einstein Israelite Hospital, in São Paulo, after a request from his family. According to the doctors, he was in an "extremely stable" condition.
Police arrested and identified the attacker as Adélio Bispo de Oliveira, who, according to security agents, claimed he was on "a mission from God". He had been a member of the Socialism and Liberty Party between 2007 and 2014. His social media posts included political criticisms against both Bolsonaro and Temer. However, an initial investigation by the Federal Police concluded that Adélio had no help from political organizations and acted alone. A medical report produced for a second investigation about the murder attempt concluded that Adélio is mentally disturbed, having a "permanent paranoid delusional disorder" which, according to the Brazilian law, prevents him from being considered legally liable for his actions
On 29 September, a month after the attack, Bolsonaro was released from the hospital and returned to his home in Rio de Janeiro. However, his condition prevented him from returning to the campaign trail for the remainder of the first round of the presidential election.
In the same weekend he left the hospital, thousands of people took the streets in dozens of cities in Brazil to protest against Bolsonaro and his political stances, chanting "Ele não" ("Not him"). There were also rallies in support of the candidate in sixteen states.
Bolsonaro was sworn in as President of the Republic on 1 January 2019, succeeding Michel Temer. Bolsonaro began his cabinet formation before winning the presidency, having chosen economist Paulo Guedes as his Economy minister and astronaut Marcos Pontes as his Science and Technology minister. Bolsonaro initially said his cabinet would be composed of 15 members; this figure later rose to 22 when he announced his final minister, Ricardo Salles, in December. His predecessor, Michel Temer, had a cabinet of 29 members.
Bolsonaro's cabinet is composed of 16 ministers, two cabinet-level positions, and four presidency secretaries including Chief of Staff Onyx Lorenzoni. Bolsonaro's ministries include Operation Car Wash judge Sérgio Moro as Justice minister and congresswoman Tereza Cristina as Agriculture minister.
Bolsonaro has stripped the indigenous affairs agency FUNAI of the responsibility to identify and demarcate indigenous lands. He argued that those territories have very tiny isolated populations, who would be controlled by NPOs, and proposed to integrate them into the larger Brazilian society. Critics feared that such integration would lead the Brazilian natives to suffer cultural assimilation.
The second inauguration of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela took place some days after Bolsonaro's inauguration. The disputed results of the 2018 Venezuelan presidential election led to the 2019 Venezuelan presidential crisis, as the National Assembly rejected the results, considered Maduro an illegitimate ruler since his first term of office ended, and appointed Juan Guaidó as acting president. Bolsonaro did not attend Maduro's inauguration and recognized Guaidó as the legitimate ruler of Venezuela, alongside Mauricio Macri from Argentina and Donald Trump from the US, among others. He said that "We will continue doing everything possible to re-establish order, democracy and freedom there". After allegations of campaign-finance fraud, Bolsonaro fired Gustavo Bebianno, a top adviser and general secretary for the president. His party was accused of diverting public campaign funds to candidates that did not run for office.
Bolsonaro's political views have been described as nationalist and populist in nature, and himself as an advocate of far-right policies. His supporters, however, claim that his views are more aligned with traditional right-wing conservatism. His electorate is mainly formed by young people (usually between 16 and 24), the working middle to upper class (mainly in the southeast region of the country), conservatives in general, college graduates, some centrists and the Christian right. According to some polls, Bolsonaro's main support comes from the southeast, central-west and south regions of Brazil. His voters are usually male and white, with a noticeable gender gap, with Bolsonaro polling poorly among female voters (mustering only 18% support with this demographic). Just before the 2018 election, however, it was reported that female support for him had risen to 27%.
Bolsonaro is viewed as a pro-life, anti-establishment and pro-gun politician, voicing opposition to most forms of gun control legislation, arguing that law-abiding citizens have the right to self-defense, especially those living in rural areas. According to The Washington Post, "Homicides hit a record high of 63,880 last year [...] Bolsonaro's solution is zero tolerance. He has called for police to use more lethal force and wants to relax gun laws so that average citizens can defend themselves." Bolsonaro often rejects accusations made against him of misogyny and homophobia, and says he is not "far-right", but simply right-wing.
Jair Bolsonaro is known for his strong opposition to left-wing policies. Most notably, he has been a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage, environmental regulations, abortion, affirmative action (particularly racial quotas), immigration (particularly from Haiti, Africa and the Middle East, which he once called "the scum of humanity"), drug liberalization, land reforms, and secularism at the federal level, among other things. He has also made statements in defense of the Brazilian military regime (a dictatorship known for constant human rights violations). He argues that torture is a "legitimate practice" and says that he would try to pass new legislation regarding the introduction of life imprisonment to the Brazilian penal code. Bolsonaro supports the privatization of state-owned companies and advocates free market policies, although critics have stated that his policy-making record does not in fact show him to be a supporter of economic liberalism.
In a 2017 interview with journalist Claudio Dantas Sequeira from O Antagonista, Bolsonaro said that his views are directly aligned with centrist to right-wing United States citizens' views on gun ownership, abortion, gender politics and trade, despite the "left-leaning media frenzy" against him. He reiterated that he intends to reverse some disarmament laws, improve public security, and also improve trade ties with the United States, which he said were broken during Lula da Silva's and Dilma Rousseff's administrations.
Bolsonaro has, during his long political career, expressed views regarded as being far-right. He has made statements that some people considered insulting, homophobic, violence-inciting, misogynistic, sexist, racist or anti-refugee. Other controversial political stances expressed by Bolsonaro have been the defense of the death penalty (which is currently banned under the Constitution of Brazil of 1988) and of radical interventionism in Brazil by the military, along with an imposition of a Brazilian military government.
Journalist Glenn Greenwald called Bolsonaro "the most misogynistic, hateful elected official in the democratic world". News.com.au wondered whether Bolsonaro was "the world's most repulsive politician". British news magazine The Economist referred to him as a "radical", "religious nationalist", a "right-wing demagogue", and "apologist of dictators". Federico Finchelstein, scholar on fascism and populism, has considered Bolsonaro, as he would link violence to austerity and neoliberal economic ideas, to be the most similar leader to Augusto Pinochet to come out from the young South American democracies.
Bolsonaro is an open admirer of U.S. President Donald Trump. During Bolsonaro's campaign, some observers saw similarities between the Brazilian president-elect and the U.S. president's ideals, hardline attacks and a reputation for incendiary rhetoric, as well as social media presence. Because of this, Bolsonaro has been called the Brazilian equivalent of Trump or the "Trump of the Tropics".
Views on the Brazilian military dictatorship
Throughout his political career, Bolsonaro has made a number of admiring comments about the Brazilian military dictatorship which ruled the country from 1964 to 1985. He said in 1993, eight years after the return of democracy, that the military regime had "led to a more sustainable and prosperous Brazil". Bolsonaro has publicly referred to the military dictatorship as a "glorious" period in Brazil's history, and that under the military dictatorship, Brazil enjoyed "20 years of order and progress". In December 2008, Bolsonaro said that "the error of the dictatorship was that it tortured, but did not kill".
Bolsonaro has also repeatedly made admiring comments about a number of other Latin American dictatorships. He praised Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori as a role model for his use of military intervention via self-coup against the judiciary and legislature. In a 1998 interview with Veja magazine, Bolsonaro praised the Chilean dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, and said the Pinochet regime, which killed over 3,000 Chilean citizens, "should have killed more people". In 1999, Bolsonaro said that Hugo Chávez represented "hope for Latin America", comments that became a matter of controversy during the 2018 campaign, when Bolsonaro presented himself as a harsh critic of Chavismo. In 2019, already in power, Bolsonaro commended Paraguay autocrat Alfredo Stroessner as a "visionary" and "statesman", drawing immediate criticism, particularly due to multiple allegations of pedophilia against Stroessner.
Speaking before his vote in favor of President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment amid the massive corruption scandal, Bolsonaro paid homage to Colonel Brilhante Ustra, an agent of Brazil's military dictatorship, and announced on the floor of the Chamber of Deputies that he was dedicating his pro-impeachment vote to Ustra's memory. Ustra had headed the DOI-CODI torture unit where Rousseff was allegedly tortured during the military dictatorship. Left-wing deputy Jean Wyllys spat at him after his own statement during the same session. The congressman claimed to have suffered homophobic offenses from Jair Bolsonaro and his allies.
In a TV interview with Câmera Aberta in the 1990s, Bolsonaro said that if he ever became President, he would use this as an opportunity to shut down the National Congress and instigate a military coup himself. As of 2018[update], he appeared to have changed his mind, and said that if someone becomes the head of the country, it would be through voting.
In March 2019, Bolsonaro stated that the 1964 coup d'état that overthrew President João Goulart was not a coup, and that March 31, the day the coup was installed, should be "properly commemorated".
During the 2018 presidential campaign, Bolsonaro said he would make considerable changes to Brazil's foreign relations, saying that the "Itamaraty needs to be in service of the values that were always associated with the Brazilian people". He also said that the country should stop "praising dictators" and attacking democracies, such as the United States, Israel and Italy. In early 2018, he affirmed that his "trip to the five democratic countries the United States, Israel, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan showed who we will be and we would like to join good people". Bolsonaro has shown distrust towards China throughout the presidential campaign claiming they "[want to] buy Brazil,” although Brazil recorded a $20 billion USD trade surplus with China in 2018, and China is only the 13th largest source of foreign direct investment into Brazil. Bolsonaro said he wishes to continue to have business with the Chinese but he also said that Brazil should "make better [economic] deals" with other countries, with no "ideological agenda" behind it. His stance towards China has also been interpreted by some as an attempt to curry favor the Trump administration to garner concessions from the US. Bolsonaro said that his first international trip as president will be to Israel. Bolsonaro also said that the State of Palestine "is not a country, so there should be no embassy here", adding that "you don't negotiate with terrorists." The announcement was warmly received by the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, who welcomed Bolsonaro to Israel in March 2019 during the final weeks of a re-election campaign, but was met with condemnation from the Arab League, which warned Bolsonaro it could damage diplomatic ties.
Bolsonaro has also praised U.S. President Donald Trump and his foreign policy. Bolsonaro's son Eduardo has indicated that Brazil should distance itself from Iran, sever ties with Nicolás Maduro's government in Venezuela and relocate Brazil's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Bolsonaro is widely considered to be the most pro-American candidate in Brazil since the 1980s. PSL members have said that if elected, he will dramatically improve relations between the United States and Brazil. During an October 2017 campaign rally in Miami, he saluted the American flag and led chants of "USA! USA!" to a large crowd. U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton praised Bolsonaro as a 'like-minded' partner and said his victory was a "positive sign" for Latin America.
At the regional level, he praised the Argentine President Mauricio Macri for ending the 12-years rule of Néstor and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, which he saw as similar to Lula and Rousseff. Although he does not have plans of leaving the Mercosur, he criticized that it gave priority to ideological issues instead of economic ones. A staunch anti-communist, Bolsonaro has condemned Cuba's former leader Fidel Castro and the current regime in that island.
Bolsonaro praised British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, saying that he had learned from Churchill: "Patriotism, love for your fatherland, respect for your flag – something that has been lost over the last few years here in Brazil ... and governing through example, especially at that difficult moment of the Second World War." Bolsonaro said he's open to the possibility of hosting a U.S. military base in Brazil to counter Russian influence in the region.
With the intention of the U.S. President Donald Trump to make Brazil a NATO member in March 2019, Bolsonaro said: "the discussions with the United States will begin in the coming months".
Brazil has the world's largest tropical rainforest in the Amazon basin. According to The Washington Post, "Bolsonaro is a powerful supporter of agribusiness... and is likely to favor profits over preservation. ... Bolsonaro has chafed at foreign pressure to safeguard [the Amazon rainforest], and he served notice to international nonprofit groups such as the World Wildlife Fund that he will not tolerate their agendas in Brazil. He has also come out strongly against lands reserved for indigenous tribes. Bolsonaro advisers additionally say that he plans to expand nuclear and hydroelectric power into the Amazon."
Even before taking office, Bolsonaro backed out of Brazil's offer to host the 2019 UN Climate Change Conference. Ernesto Araújo, the new Minister of Foreign Affairs appointed by Bolsonaro, has called global warming a plot by "cultural Marxists" and has eliminated the Climate Change Division of the ministry. Two departments of the Ministry of the Environment dealing with climate change and mitigation and one dealing with deforestation have also been eliminated.
In April 2019, after facing public criticism, including from New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, the American Museum of Natural History decided to cancel an event in which Bolsonaro would be honoured. In a statement, the museum's directorate justified its decision saying: "With mutual respect for the work and goals of our individual organizations, we jointly agreed that the Museum is not the optimal location for the Brazilian-Am. Chamber of Commerce gala dinner. This traditional event will go forward at another location on the original date and time."
Christianity and secularism
Bolsonaro is a member of the Roman Catholic Church (while his wife and a son of his are Evangelical Christians). However, according to the The New Yorker reporter Jon Lee Anderson "he had himself baptized as an evangelical [Protestant] early in his campaign, by being ceremonially dunked in the Jordan River." He is reported to have attended a Baptist church for 10 years. In a 2017 speech, Bolsonaro stated, "God above everything. There is no such thing as a secular state. The state is Christian, and any minority that is against this has to change, if they can." He later evolved his position to maintaining the country a secular state during the first round of the Brazilian presidential elections: "We are going to make a government for everyone, regardless of religion. Even for atheists. We have almost 5% of atheists in Brazil, and they have the same needs that others have."
Views on women
In an interview with Zero Hora in 2015, Bolsonaro argued that men and women should not receive the same salaries, because women get pregnant, adding that he believes federal law mandating paid maternity leave harms work productivity. Bolsonaro has denied saying that women should receive less than men; he claims it was statistical data by IBGE.
In a public speech in April 2017, Bolsonaro said that he had five children, that the first four were male and that for the fifth he produced a daughter out of "a moment of weakness".
Bolsonaro provoked controversy for a series of remarks made to and about Federal Deputy and former Human Rights Minister Maria do Rosário. During a Congressional debate, Bolsonaro said that minors should be treated as adults if they commit heinous crimes such as murder or rape, to which Maria do Rosário responded by calling him a "rapist". Bolsonaro then stated that Congresswoman Rosário was "not worth raping; she is very ugly". The remarks drew considerable condemnation throughout Brazil. In the aftermath of these remarks, Bolsonaro was tried and convicted in a Federal court in September 2015 on counts of hedonic damages against Rosário. In June 2016, the Federal Supreme Court responded to a complaint filed by the Attorney General and decided to open two criminal actions against Bolsonaro. The Supreme Court ruled that he had potentially incited rape and defamed the honor of his fellow Deputy. He faced a penalty of up to 6 months of jail and a fine. Ultimately in August 2017, an appellate court upheld a lower court's verdict which found Bolsonaro guilty and sentenced him to pay a fine to Rosário of R$10,000 (roughly equivalent to US$2,500). This lawsuit was dismissed by the Supreme Federal Court as Bolsonaro was inaugurated as president in 2019 and acquired immunity from prosecution.
Views on homosexuality
In a June 2011 interview with Playboy, Bolsonaro said that "I would be incapable of loving a gay son", and added that he would prefer any gay son of his "to die in an accident". In the same interview, Bolsonaro went on to say that if a gay couple moved in next door to him, it would lower the market value of his house. In a July 2011 interview with the magazine Época, Bolsonaro said that he would "fight to prevent the distribution of the 'gay kit'" [a set of guidelines proposed by UNESCO to promote the rights of the LGBT community in primary schools] because "their intention is to promote homosexuality, which is an affront to the family structure, and if that makes me prejudiced, then I'm prejudiced and very proud of it". In the 2013 BBC documentary Out There, by British actor Stephen Fry, Bolsonaro said that "no father is ever proud of having a gay son," and that "we Brazilians do not like homosexuals."
In a 2011 interview with Jornal de Notícias, Bolsonaro linked homosexuality to pedophilia, claiming that "many of the children who are adopted by gay couples will be abused by these couples". He further argued that Brazil does not need legislation specifically targeting homophobia, because "most homosexuals are murdered by their respective pimps at hours when good citizens are already asleep". In a May 2002 interview with the Folha de S.Paulo, Bolsonaro told the newspaper, "If I see two men kissing in the street, I will beat them." He then publicly defended beating gay children by saying: "If your child starts to become like that, a little gay, you take a whip and you change their behavior."
In a video interview for Vice with openly lesbian actress Ellen Page, Page asked Bolsonaro if he thinks she should have been beaten as a child, in response to his public statements that gay children should be beaten. In response, Bolsonaro said to Page, "You are very nice. If I were a cadet in the military academy and saw you on the street, I would whistle at you. All right? You are very pretty." Bolsonaro added, "Over time, due to liberal habits, drugs, with women also working, the number of homosexuals has really increased."
On 9 November 2017, the Court of Justice for the State of Rio de Janeiro sentenced Bolsonaro to pay a fine of R$150,000 for hate speech because of televised comments he made in 2011 to the CQC TV program, when Bolsonaro stated that "there is no risk" of his family producing a homosexual child because his children had a "good education". Judge Luciana Teixeira said that the deputy had abused his right of free expression to commit a wrongful act. "You cannot deliberately attack and humiliate, ignoring the principles of equality, just because you invoke freedom of expression," said the judge.
However, on 11 January 2016, when he began to present himself as a pre-candidate to the Presidency of Brazil, Bolsonaro began to moderate his discourse on gay people by publishing a video on his official YouTube channel:
I have nothing to do with anyone's behavior. If the man and the woman later decide to live with their partner, to form a couple, to live with a same-sex person, go and be happy. But we cannot admit that, by our omission in the Parliament, children become homosexuals in the future, or have such homosexual behavior in the future, by the influence of school. That is inadmissible.
Since then, Bolsonaro claims he has nothing against gays and that he only fights the "gay kit" in schools. On 4 October 2018, for example, Bolsonaro said:
Each person, after a certain age, owner of their acts, will take care of their life. For six-year-old children, it cannot be. A father does not want to come home and see his son playing with a doll by the influence of school. Homosexuals will be happy if I become president.
That same month, shortly before the first round of the Brazilian presidential elections, he said: "We are going to make a government for everybody. For gays, and there are gays who are fathers, who are mothers. It is a work for everyone". After being elected president, when asked by William Bonner in the Jornal Nacional about what he would say to those who are more prejudiced and aggressive against gays, Bolsonaro replied: "The aggression against a fellow man has to be punished in the way of law. And if for a reason like this, you have to have your penalty aggravated."
Views on political violence
On multiple occasions, Bolsonaro has publicly endorsed physical violence as a legitimate and necessary form of political action. In 1999, when he was 44-year-old and a representative in the Brazilian Congress, Bolsonaro said during a TV interview that the only way of "changing" Brazil was "killing 30 thousand people, beginning with FHC [ Fernando Henrique Cardoso, the then President of Brazil]." During the 2018 campaign, he stated during a rally in Acre that the local "petralhas" (a derogatory term for members of the Workers' Party) would be "shot"; according to his aides, the statement was a "joke". One week before the second round, Bolsonaro said during a speech that in his administration "petralhas" and "reds" (i.e. leftists) would be arrested, purged or taken to the "corner of the beach", a term that was later revealed to mean a Navy base where dissidents of the Brazilian military dictatorship were murdered.
In 1999, talking about Chico Lopes, a former president of the Brazilian Central Bank who invoked his right to remain silent during a Congress hearing, Bolsonaro declared himself in favour of torture in this sort of situation. Asked about this phrase years later, Bolsonaro said: "Ask the father of a kidnapped child what he would like him to do to discover [where the kid is]. You have to take brutal measures, which some consider torture".
Birth control for the poor
Bolsonaro provoked considerable controversy for public remarks made in July 2008, where he proposed to provide poor people with birth control methods, who he suggested might be too uneducated to understand family planning education. Bolsonaro said:
I wish Brazil had a family planning program. It's not even worthy to talk about education when most of these [poor] people are not prepared to receive education, therefore won't educate themselves. Only a rigid birth control can save us from chaos. An educated man and woman will hardly desire an extra child with the sole purpose of engaging in a social welfare assistance program [as it is nowadays]. We need to adopt a rigid birth control policy. We can't make demagogic speeches any longer, proposing bills and means of government to support these poor people that are increasingly proliferating throughout the country. [...] People who aren't prepared to have children, shouldn't have them. This is what I stand for and I'm not worried about getting votes in the future. It's past time to discuss about a policy to contain this demographic explosion, otherwise we'll keep voting in this Chamber only matters such as Bolsa Família, loans for the poor, gas vouchers etc. Methods [of birth control] have to be provided for those who, unfortunately, are ignorant and have no means to control their offspring. Because we [as upper middle class] are able to control ours. Poor people don't control [theirs].
As a Congressman, Bolsonaro put forward three bills trying to remove "virtually all" legal restrictions to surgical sterilisation via the public health system, including the reduction of "the minimum age of sterilization to 21 years". None of the bills were voted.
Bolsonaro is married to his third wife and has five children. His first wife was Rogéria Nantes Braga (with whom he has three sons: Flávio, Carlos and Eduardo). His second marriage was with Ana Cristina Valle (with whom he has one son, Renan). In 2007, he married his third and current wife Michelle de Paula Firmo Reinaldo (with whom he has a daughter, Laura). While working in Congress, Bolsonaro hired Michelle as a secretary and over the next two years she received unusual promotions and her salary more than tripled. He was forced to fire her after the Supreme Federal Court ruled that nepotism is illegal in the public administration. As of 2018[update], Bolsonaro and his wife lived in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro.
- Grand Master of the Order of the Southern Cross (1 January 2019)
- Grand Master and Grand Cross of the Order of Rio Branco (1 January 2019)
|Election||First round||Second round|
Chamber of Deputies
|Party||Votes||%||Position in Rio de Janeiro State||Result|
|Ancestors of Jair Bolsonaro|
- "Bolsonaro filia-se ao PSL, seu partido para a campanha" (in Portuguese). Exame. 7 March 2018. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
- Carvalho, Luiz Maklouf (1 April 2018). "O julgamento que tirou Bolsonaro do anonimato". O Estado de São Paulo (in Portuguese). Retrieved 8 October 2018.
- "Bolsonaro: após união gay, próximo passo é legalizar pedofilia". Noticias.terra.com.br. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
- LGBTQ Brazilians on edge after self-described 'homophobic' lawmaker elected president, NBC News
- "Bolsonaro, em Porto Alegre, confirma ser contra o aborto e a favor da redução da maioridade penal – Jornal O Sul". Osul.com.br. 21 August 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
- "Para ministra da Igualdade Racial, declarações de Bolsonaro são caso explícito de racismo". Política. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
- "Jair Bolsonaro: "Sou preconceituoso, com muito orgulho"". revistaepoca.globo.com. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
- Wierson, Arick (7 October 2018). "Will Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro Become Trump's New Best Friend?". The Observer. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
- Staff (6 October 2018). "Brazil's Workers' Party likens pro-Israel presidential front-runner to Hitler". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
- "Bolsonaro diz que é liberal e adota discurso que agrada investidores - 09/10/2017 - Poder". Folha de S.Paulo. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
- Brooke, James (25 July 1993). "Conversations/Jair Bolsonaro; A Soldier Turned Politician Wants To Give Brazil Back to Army Rule". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
- Editorial Board (8 October 2018). "Brazilian Swamp Drainer". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
- "O inquietante 'fenômeno Bolsonaro'". brasil.elpais.com (in Portuguese). 7 October 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
- "Brazil's congress starts to reform itself". The Economist. 14 October 2017.
- "Jair Bolsonaro é apresentado como pré-candidato à Presidência da República". Extra, Globo (in Portuguese). Retrieved 8 October 2018.
- Godoy, Marcelo (2 April 2017). "Um fantasma ronda o Planalto". O Estado de S. Paulo.
- "Ele não era de falar besteira', diz mãe de Jair Bolsonaro", revistacrescer.globo.com; accessed 28 April 2018.
- Ferraz, Lucas (25 October 2018). "Eleições 2018: berço do clã Bolsonaro, região do norte da Itália se agita com disputa no Brasil". BBC News Brasil (in Portuguese). Retrieved 27 October 2018.
- TADDONE, Daniel (23 October 2018). "Taddone revela genealogia de Bolsonaro: 13 dos 16 trisavôs do candidato são italianos da Toscana, do Vêneto e da Calábria". Revista Insieme.
- "In Veneto il paese del probabile presidente brasiliano Bolsonaro". Il Sole 24 ore (in Italian). 26 October 2018. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
- Bolsonaro, Flávio (2017). Jair Messias Bolsonaro - Mito ou Verdade. Altadena Editora. ISBN 9788594307002.
- "Bolsonaro era agressivo e tinha 'excessiva ambição', diz ficha militar". 1.folha.com.br. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
- "O salário está baixo" (PDF). Arqanalagoa.ufsacr.br. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
- "Capitão Bolsonaro, a história esquecida – Observatório da Imprensa – Você nunca mais vai ler jornal do mesmo jeito". 6 April 2011. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
- "O julgamento que tirou Bolsonaro do anonimato - Política". Estadão.
- "Como vereador, projeto de transporte gratuito para tropas - Política - Estadão". Estadão (in Portuguese). 26 November 2017.
- Bolsonaro, Flávio (2017). Jair Messias Bolsonaro - Mito ou Verdade. Rio de Janeiro: Altadena Editora. ISBN 9788594307002.
- "Bolsonaro (PP) é o deputado federal com maior número de votos no RJ - Notícias - UOL Eleições 2014". UOL Eleições 2014 (in Portuguese). Retrieved 29 October 2018.
- "Bolsonaro aprova dois projetos em 26 anos de Congresso" (in Portuguese). Page accessed on 7 June 2018.
- "Câmara aprova pela primeira vez emenda de Jair Bolsonaro". Page accessed on 1 August 2018.
- "Deputado Jair Bolsonaro deixa o PSC e se filia ao PSL" [Congressman Jair Bolsonaro leaves the PSC and joins the PSL] (in Portuguese). Pleno. 5 January 2018. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
- "Com chegada de Bolsonaro, Livres anuncia saída do PSL". Retrieved 7 December 2018.
- "Como o PSL tomou espaço da centro-direita na Câmara". Nexo Jornal. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
- "PSL oficializa candidatura de Jair Bolsonaro à Presidência, mas adia definição de vice". Retrieved 7 September 2018.
- "Conheça a origem do slogan de Bolsonaro". Gazeta do Povo (in Portuguese). Retrieved 1 November 2018.
- "Jair Bolsonaro hopes to be Brazil's Donald Trump". The Economist. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
- "TSE aprova por unanimidade candidatura de Bolsonaro à Presidência". G1 (in Portuguese). Retrieved 7 September 2018.
- "Bolsonaro anuncia general Hamilton Mourão como vice". G1. 5 August 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
- "Bolsonaro modera discurso econômico em aceno ao mercado". Isto É magazine (in Portuguese). Retrieved 7 September 2018.
- "Bolsonaro quer menos fiscal em empresas e nenhum imposto sobre herança". Valor Econômico (in Portuguese). Retrieved 7 September 2018.
- "Em encontro com empresários, Bolsonaro promete gestão austera e e corte de impostos". G1. 4 July 2018. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
- "How Women Could Win It for Bolsonaro". Foreign Policy. 26 October 2018.
- "Bolsonaro anuncia nomes de três ministros em eventual governo - Política". Estadão. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
- "Band faz primeiro debate com candidatos ao Planalto nesta quinta". Folha.uol.com.br (in Portuguese). Retrieved 7 September 2018.
- "Oito presidenciáveis discutem propostas de governo no segundo debate da campanha eleitoral de 2018". G1 (in Portuguese). Retrieved 7 September 2018.
- "Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) é entrevistado no Jornal Nacional". G1 (in Portuguese). Retrieved 7 September 2018.
- "Bolsonaro é 1º presidenciável a arrecadar mais de R$ 1 milhão em vaquinha". UOL Eleições (in Portuguese). Retrieved 7 September 2018.
- "Will Brazil's Next President be a Far-Right Nationalist?". Foreign Affairs. 12 July 2018. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
- Brooks, Brad (5 October 2018). "A Disciple of Brazil's Dictatorship Moves Closer to the Presidency". Reuters. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
- "Bolsonaro mantém liderança mas perde para adversários no 2º turno, diz pesquisa". Estado de São Paulo. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
- "Datafolha para presidente, votos válidos: Bolsonaro, 40%; Haddad, 25%; Ciro, 15%; Alckmin, 8%". G1. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
- "Jair Bolsonaro: Far-right candidate wins first round of Brazil election". BBC. 8 October 2018. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
- ""Esses marginais vermelhos serão banidos de nossa pátria", diz..." Br.reuters.com. 22 October 2018.
- correspondent, Tom Phillips Latin America (22 October 2018). "Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro threatens purge of leftwing 'outlaws'". Theguardian.com.
- "Bolsonaro fez referência a área de desova de mortos pela ditadura". Folha de S.Paulo. 29 December 2018.
- Alves, Cíntia (22 October 2018). "Fascismo e ditadura: as reações à ameaça de Bolsonaro aos adversários políticos e à Folha". Jornalggn.com.
- "Após Justiça demonstrar fraqueza, Bolsonaro avisa que banirá opositores". blogdosakamoto.blogosfera.uol.com.br.
- Mendes, Conrado Hübner (29 October 2018). "Nunca mais, nunca menos". Época.
- "Bolsonaro inaugura o presidencialismo de assombração, diz Renato Lessa". Folha de S.Paulo. 5 January 2019.
- "Brazil's far-right candidate takes big lead in presidential election". The Washington Post. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
- Janeiro, Tom Phillips Dom Phillips in Rio de (29 October 2018). "Jair Bolsonaro declared Brazil's next president". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
- Londoño, Ernesto; Darlington, Shasta (28 October 2018). "Jair Bolsonaro Wins Brazil's Presidency, in a Shift to the Far Right". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
- "Jair Bolsonaro sworn in as president of Brazil". Herald Sun. 2 January 2019. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
- Finchelstein, Federico. "Jair Bolsonaro's Model Isn't Berlusconi. It's Goebbels". Foreignpolicy.com.
- "Bolsonaro Uses Same Fascist Tactics As Trump, Says Yale Professor". Folha de S.Paulo. 4 October 2018.
- Ferraz, Ricardo (19 October 2018). "Por que este professor de Harvard acredita que a democracia brasileira está em risco". Bbc.com.
- Tavares, João Miguel. "Bolsonaro: um fascista é um fascista". PÚBLICO.
- "Não use a palavra 'fascismo' em vão". Nexo Jornal.
- Anderson, Perry (7 February 2019). "Bolsonaro's Brazil". pp. 11–22 – via London Review of Books.
- correspondent, Tom Phillips Latin America (18 October 2018). "Bolsonaro business backers accused of illegal Whatsapp fake news campaign". Theguardian.com. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 November 2018. Retrieved 9 March 2019.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- Londoño, Ernesto (6 September 2018). "Brazil Presidential Candidate Jair Bolsonaro Is Stabbed at Campaign Rally". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
- Phillips, Dom (6 September 2018). "Jair Bolsonaro: Brazil's far-right presidential hopeful stabbed at campaign rally". the Guardian. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
- "Brazilian presidential front-runner is stabbed while campaigning". The Washington Post. 6 September 2018.
- "Stabbed Brazil politician 'lost 40% blood'". BBC News. 8 September 2018. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
- Flávio, Bolsonaro (6 September 2018). "Flávio Bolsonaro 177 Senador_RJ Verified account". Twitter. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
- Savarese, Mauricio; Prengaman, Peter (6 September 2018). "Brazilian candidate Jair Bolsonaro stabbed during event". ABC News. Archived from the original on 6 September 2018. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
- "Bolsonaro leva facada em MG: veja repercussão". G1.com (in Portuguese). 6 September 2018. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
- "Jair Bolsonaro é internado no Hospital Albert Einstein, em SP". G1 (in Portuguese). Retrieved 7 September 2018.
- "Brazilian presidential candidate stabbed at campaign rally". NBC News. 6 September 2018. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
- "Quem é o autor do ataque a Bolsonaro". El País Brasil (in Portuguese). Retrieved 7 September 2018.
- "PF conclui que agressor de Jair Bolsonaro agiu sozinho". G1.
- "Laudo aponta que agressor de Bolsonaro tem doença mental". G1.
- "Bolsonaro recebe alta e deixa hospital em São Paulo". G1 (in Portuguese). Retrieved 30 September 2018.
- "Thousands protest leading far-right presidential candidate in Brazil". Global News. 29 September 2018. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
- "Manifestações a favor de Bolsonaro ocorrem em 16 estados". G1. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
- "Will Bolsonaro's victory in Brazil usher right-wing ripple effects in Latin America?". NBC News. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
- "Bolsonaro anuncia astronauta Marcos Pontes como ministro da Ciência e Tecnologia". G1. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
- "Saiba quem são os 22 ministros da Esplanada de Bolsonaro". Poder360. 10 December 2018. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
- "Brazil top judge becomes justice minister". Bbc.com. 1 November 2018. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
- "Bolsonaro escolhe deputada Tereza Cristina para chefiar Ministério da Agricultura - Política". Estadão. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
- "Brazil's new president makes it harder to define indigenous lands". Global News. 2 January 2019.
- "Bloomberg - Are you a robot?". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
- Anthony Boadle (16 January 2019). "Brazil, Argentina step up pressure on Venezuela's Maduro". Reuters. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
- "Brazil's Bolsonaro pledges action to 'restore democracy' in Venezuela". Reuters. 17 January 2019. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
- Paulo Trevisani; Jeffrey T. Lewis (18 February 2019). "Brazil's Bolsonaro Fires Key Adviser Amid Accusations of Campaign-Finance Fraud". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
- Boadle, Anthony (27 September 2017). "Far-right presidential hopeful aims to be Brazil's Trump". London, England. Reuters. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
- Leal, Pedro Henrique (24 April 2017). "Bolsonaro and the Brazilian far right". opendemocracy.net. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
- Watson, Katy (2 April 2018). "Brazil's rising tide of young conservatives seeks change". BBC News. London, England: BBC. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
- "Renda, estudo e região separam eleitores de Lula e Bolsonaro". O Globo. 3 May 2017.
- "Nichos realçam contrastes de eleitores de Lula e Bolsonaro". Folha de São Paulo. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
- "Ibope mostra queda de 8 pontos de Bolsonaro na região Sul". R7. 25 September 2018. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
- "A Brazilian Far-Right Populist and the Women Who Like Him". The Atlantic. 4 October 2018. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
- "Outspoken pro-life candidate leads in Brazil's presidential election race". Retrieved 27 October 2018.
- Phillips, Tom (19 April 2018). "Trump of the tropics: the 'dangerous' candidate leading Brazil's presidential race". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
- "Who is Jair Bolsonaro, the man likely to be Brazil's next president?". The Washington Post. 28 October 2018.
- Rezende, Constança (14 March 2018). "Bolsonaro quer campo de refugiados em Roraima". O Estado de S. Paulo. São Paulo, Brazil: Grupo Estado. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
- Atkins, Ed (29 October 2018). "Jair Bolsonaro's Brazil Is a Disaster for the Amazon and Global Climate Change". Motherboard. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
- "Bolsonaro vê imigrantes como "ameaça" e chama refugiados de "a escória do mundo" - Jornal Opção". 18 September 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
- "Em Mato Grosso, Bolsonaro defende radicalização dos produtores contra MST". Retrieved 7 September 2018.
- "Jair Bolsonaro: Pro-Torture, Anti-Gay and Brazil's Future President?". Americasquarterly.org. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
- "Jair Bolsonaro defende golpe militar de 1964 em recepção a Yoani Sánchez". 20 February 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
- Phillips, Dom (14 January 2018). "Brazil's far-right presidential contender gets soft drink named after him". the Guardian. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
- "Terra – ISTO GENTE – Entrevista: Jair Bolsonaro". 31 May 2013. Archived from the original on 31 May 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
- "Bolsonaro diz que é liberal e adota discurso que agrada investidores". 1.folha.uol.com.br.
- Alves, Cíntia (13 November 2017). "Em 7 mandatos, Bolsonaro não foi um deputado liberal nem totalmente anti-PT".
- "ENTREVISTA | Bolsonaro revela a O Antagonista seus planos para a Presidência". YouTube.
- Watts, Jonathan (5 May 2016). "With Rousseff on the ropes, Brazil's far right sees an opening". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
- "Unlikely and unlikable, Jair Bolsonaro could lead Brazil". DW.com.
- Globo (11 March 2016). "Ellen Page confronta Jair Bolsonaro em cena de documentário". Globo.com.
- Mark Weisbrot. "Brazil's Donald Trump?". US News.
- "Acts of Faith. A Trump-like politician in Brazil could snag the support of a powerful religious group: evangelicals". The Washington Post.
- TheGuardian (18 September 2015). "Brazilian congressman ordered to pay compensation over rape remark". The Guardian.
- Gavin Fernando. "Is this the world's most repulsive politician?". News.com.au.
- Simon Romero (7 May 2016). "Conservative's Star Rises in Brazil as Polarizing Views Tap Into Discontent". The New York Times.
- Londoño, Ernesto; Darlington, Shasta (20 January 2018). "Leftist Lion and Far-Right Provocateur Vie for Brazil Presidency". The New York Times.
- "The Most Misogynistic, Hateful Elected Official in the Democratic World: Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro – The Intercept". The Intercept. 11 December 2014.
- "Jair Bolsonaro hopes to be Brazil's Donald Trump". The Economist. 9 November 2017. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
- Finchelstein, Federico (14 October 2018). "Brasil: todas las opciones son malas". Clarín.
- Foreign Staff (29 October 2018). "Why Brazil's president-elect Jair Bolsonaro really is the 'Trump of the Tropics'". The Telegraph.
- "Bolsonaro chama ditadura militar brasileira de "intervenção democrática"". R7.com (in Portuguese). 31 March 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
- "Defensor da Ditadura, Jair Bolsonaro reforça frase polêmica: "o erro foi torturar e não matar" - Pânico - Jovem Pan FM São Paulo 100.9". Jovem Pan FM (in Portuguese). 8 July 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
- "As frases polêmicas de Jair Bolsonaro". Congresso em Foco (in Portuguese). 5 August 2017. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
- "Entrevista de Bolsonaro ao 'Estado' com elogios a Chávez mobiliza militância - Política". Estadão.
- Carneri, Santi (27 February 2019). "Bolsonaro elogia ditador paraguaio Alfredo Stroessner em público". EL PAÍS.
- "7 fatos sobre o ditador — e pedófilo reiterado — elogiado por Bolsonaro". Época. 27 February 2019.
- "A lightning rod for attacks by Brazil's right wing". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
- Watts, Jonathan (18 April 2016). "Dilma Rousseff: Brazilian congress votes to impeach president". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
- "Folha de S.Paulo – Internacional – En – Brazil – Congressman Bolsonaro Defended New Military Coup in the 1990s – 04/06/2018". 1.folha.uol.com.br. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
- Kingstone, Steve (1 April 2004). "Brazil remembers 1964 coup d'etat". BBC News. Retrieved 8 May 2007.
- "Bolsonaro determinou que Defesa faça as 'comemorações devidas' do golpe de 64, diz porta-voz". G1.
- "Bolsonaro determina "comemorações devidas" do 31 de março". Terra.
- Campos, Ana Cristina (26 October 2018). "Veja as propostas de Bolsonaro e Haddad para a política externa". Agência Brasil. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
- "Presidential candidates present a drastic turn in foreign policy Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) promises to break Brazil's traditional diplomatic positions while Fernando Haddad". Retrieved 27 October 2018.
- "Os compromissos de Bolsonaro em Taiwan". Jair Bolsonaro. 4 March 2018. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
- "Conversa com Brasileiros em Taiwan". Jair Bolsonaro. 5 March 2018. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
- "巴西川普批中掠奪者 北京急了". Liberty Times. 26 October 2018. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
- "巴西新總統親台反共 今年曾率團訪台灣". Epoch Times. 29 October 2018. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
- "Bolsonaro will regret baiting the Chinese tiger". Financial Times. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
- "Bolsonaro will regret baiting the Chinese dragon". Financial Times. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
- "Israel hails election of Brazil's controversial Bolsonaro, who plans visit soon". The Times of Israel. 29 October 2018.
- Ben Zion, Ilan (31 March 2019). "Netanyahu embraces Brazil's far-right Bolsonaro in Israel". Associated Presa. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
- "Arab League warns Brazil that Jerusalem embassy move could harm ties". Times of Israel. 11 December 2018. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
- "Brazil Should Shun Venezuela and Embrace Israel, Bolsonaro's Son Says". Bloomberg. 10 October 2018.
- Winter, Brian (9 October 2018). "What to Expect from Jair Bolsonaro". Americas Quarterly. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
- "Jair Bolsonaro: Brazil's far-right president-elect wants to move Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem". The Independent. 2 November 2018.
- Almendariz, Alberto (11 October 2018). "Bolsonaro: "Un abrazo a Macri, que terminó con la 'Dilma Kirchner'"" [Bolsonaro: "A hug for Macri, who ended the 'Dilma-Kirchner'"]. La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 October 2018.
- "Jair Bolsonaro denies he is a fascist and paints himself as a Brazilian Churchill". The Guardian. 30 October 2018.
- "Brazil's Bolsonaro names Trump fan top diplomat as Cuba relations sour". Reuters. 3 December 2018.
- "Brazil military uneasy with Bolsonaro's openness to U.S. base: source". Reuters. 5 January 2019.
- "Trump says strongly considering NATO membership for Brazil". Reuters. 19 March 2019.
- "Trump says looking at NATO membership for Brazil". Euronews. 19 March 2019.
- "'Diplomacia em primeiro lugar, até as últimas consequências', diz Bolsonaro sobre Venezuela". G1. 19 March 2019.
- "Em almoço fechado, Trump diz querer Brasil como membro pleno da Otan". Folha de S.Paulo. 20 March 2019.
- "Brazil's Bolsonaro nixes plans to host U.N. climate event". Reuters. 28 November 2018. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
- editor, Jonathan Watts Global environment (15 November 2018). "Brazil's new foreign minister believes climate change is a Marxist plot". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
- Escobar, Herton (22 January 2019). "Brazil's new president has scientists worried. Here's why". Science | AAAS. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
- "Museum cancels event honouring Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro". BBC. 16 April 2019. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
- "Bolsonaro says Brazil rainforest reserve may be opened to mining". Reuters. 12 April 2019.
- "Bolsonaro, a Catholic, Expanded His Base Among Evangelicals". Folha de S.Paulo (in Portuguese). 30 October 2018. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
- Jon Lee Anderson, "Southern Strategy," The New Yorker, April 1, 2019.
- Polimédio, Chayenne (24 January 2018). "The Rise of the Brazilian Evangelicals". The Atlantic. Washington DC: Emerson Collective. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
- Johny, Stanly (3 November 2018). "Who is Jair Bolsonaro?". The Hindu. The Hindu. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
- "Em última fala antes de votação, Bolsonaro faz aceno para ateus e gays". UOL. 6 October 2018. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
- Lima, Vanessa. "Jair Bolsonaro diz que mulher deve ganhar salário menor porque engravida". revistacrescer.globo.com (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2 June 2018.
- "Bolsonaro diz que cabe à justiça acabar com a diferença salarial entre homens e mulheres". Folha de S.Paulo (in Portuguese). 28 August 2018. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
- "Piada de Bolsonaro sobre sua filha gera revolta nas redes sociais". exame.abril.com.br (in Portuguese). 6 April 2017. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
- "É chegada a hora de dar um "Basta!" às boçalidades de Bolsonaro, hoje o mais importante aliado da esquerda boçal: ambos se alimentam e se merecem!". Reinaldo Azevedo – VEJA.com.br.
- "Para rebater deputada, Bolsonaro diz que não a 'estupraria'". Márcio Falcão e Gabriela Guerreiro – Folha de São Paulo.
- "Bolsonaro sobre ataque a deputada: "me acusou de estuprador"". André Naddeo – Terra.
- Paulo, AP in São (18 September 2015). "Brazilian congressman ordered to pay compensation over rape remark". the Guardian. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
- "Mônica Bergamo: Bolsonaro é condenado por dizer que Maria do Rosário 'não merece' estupro". Folha de S.Paulo (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2 June 2018.
- "Bolsonaro vira réu por falar que Maria do Rosário não merece ser estuprada". Política (in Portuguese). 21 June 2016. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
- "STJ determina que Bolsonaro indenize Maria do Rosário por danos morais". Folha de S.Paulo. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
- Gragnani, Juliana (30 October 2018). "Após posse presidencial, processos contra Bolsonaro no STF serão suspensos". BBC News Brasil. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
- "Bolsonaro: "prefiro filho morto em acidente a um homossexual"". Terra (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2 June 2018.
- novoiluminismo (17 October 2013). Entrevista – Jair Bolsonaro e Angélica Ivo [ORIGINAL]. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
- Fonseca, Pedro Henrique (21 June 2011). "Deputado Bolsonaro diz que Governo transforma gays numa classe privilegiada". Jornal de Notícias. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
- "Folha de S.Paulo – Câmara: Palmada muda filho "gayzinho", declara deputado federal – 26/11/2010". 1.folha.uol.com.br. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
- "WATCH: Ellen Page Confronts Brazil's Biggest Homophobe on 'Gaycation'". 12 March 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
- "Bolsonaro é condenado a pagar R$ 150 mil por declarações contra gays". Folha de S.Paulo. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
- "Homofobia?" (canal oficial). Jair Bolsonaro.
- "Bolsonaro se diz vítima de notícias falsas, mas recorre a 'fakes' sobre seu próprio passado". Folha de S. Paulo. 31 July 2018. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
- ""Homossexuais serão felizes se eu for presidente", diz Bolsonaro em entrevista". iG. 4 October 2018. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
- "Presidente eleito, Jair Bolsonaro é entrevistado no Jornal Nacional". Jornal Nacional. 29 October 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
- "Bolsonaro sincero quis matar FHC e sonegar impostos". Gazeta do Povo.
- "Campanha confirma vídeo em que Bolsonaro fala em 'fuzilar petralhada do Acre': 'Foi brincadeira'". O Globo. 3 September 2018.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 December 2018. Retrieved 9 March 2019.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- "Veja 11 frases polêmicas de Bolsonaro". Folha de S.Paulo. 6 October 2018.
- Online, O POVO. "Bolsonaro defendeu esterilização de pobres como forma de combater miséria e criminalidade". Opovo.com.br (in Portuguese). Retrieved 15 June 2018.
- "'Brazil's Donald Trump' critically injured in presidential campaign rally stabbing". The Independent. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
- "'Forced' sterilisation of Brazilian woman sparks uproar". Retrieved 16 September 2018.
- "Bolsonaro defendeu esterilização de pobres para combater miséria e crime". Folha de S.Paulo (in Portuguese). 11 June 2018. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
- "Bolsonaro defendeu esterilização de pobres para combater miséria e crime". Folha de S.Paulo. 11 June 2018.
- "A mulher dos bastidores: saiba quem é Michelle Bolsonaro, a nova primeira-dama" (in Portuguese). G1. 28 October 2018. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
- "ISTOÉ Gente Online". Terra.com.br.
- "A bela da fera". universa.uol.com.br. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
- "Bolsonaro empregou ex-mulher e parentes dela no Legislativo". O Globo. 3 December 2017. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
- "Bolsonaro posa com vizinhos no Rio antes de se mudar para Brasília". noticias.uol.com.br (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2 January 2019.
- "Most influential people 2019". time.com. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
- "Bolsonaro aparece na lista dos '100 mais influentes' da revista 'Time' em 2019" (in Portuguese). g1.globo.com. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
- "Confira a apuração da votação por estado". 2.camara.leg.br. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
- "Estatísticas das Eleições 2010". Tse.jus.br. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
- "Resultado da eleição 2006". Tse.jus.br. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
- "Resultado da eleição 2002". Tse.jus.br. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
- "Resultado da eleição de 1998". Tse.jus.br. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
- "Resultados das Eleições 1994 - Rio de Janeiro - deputado federal". Tse.jus.br. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
- Shalders - @Shaldim, André (7 December 2017). "Como o discurso de Bolsonaro mudou ao longo de 27 anos na Câmara?". BBC News Brasil.
| President of Brazil
1 January 2019 – present
|Order of precedence|
|First|| Brazilian order of precedence
1st in line
as President of Brazil
as Vice President of Brazil
|Party political offices|
| PSL nominee for President of Brazil