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Brazilian Manifestation of The Fascist International

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COMMENT: In numer­ous pro­grams, we have pre­sent­ed dis­cus­sion of what bril­liant researchers Kevin Coogan and Hen­rik Kruger have termed the Fas­cist Inter­na­tion­al or (as Kruger puts it) The Inter­na­tion­al Fascista.

The name is pre­cise­ly what it indi­cates: a pow­er­ful ide­o­log­i­cal and oper­a­tional con­sor­tium of fas­cists from around the world.

Incor­po­rat­ing vet­er­ans of the fas­cist pow­ers of World War II and CIA “black ops” ele­ments with death squad and spe­cial oper­a­tions vet­er­ans (pri­mar­i­ly from Europe and Latin Amer­i­ca), this milieu has exist­ed for gen­er­a­tions.

There are pow­er­ful Islamist ele­ments from what is known as the Earth Island or World Island and even an Israeli con­tin­gent.

A fas­ci­nat­ing man­i­fes­ta­tion of the fas­cist inter­na­tion­al has cropped up in Brazil, incor­po­rat­ing descen­dants of World War II Nazi min­is­ters, over­lap­ping both Euro­pean and Brazil­ian aris­toc­ra­cies.

With Don­ald Trump out of office (for the time being), his spear carriers–led by Steve Bannon–are anoint­ing Jair Bol­sa­naro of Brazil as the point ele­ment of a con­tem­po­rary fas­cist inter­na­tion­al.

Key Points of Dis­cus­sion and Analy­sis:

  • ” . . . . Ger­man MP Beat­rix von Storch, from the far-right Alter­na­tive for Ger­many (AfD) par­ty, was in Brazil last week to hold sev­er­al meet­ings with mem­bers of the Brazil­ian gov­ern­ment. . . .”
  • ” . . . . The pho­to sur­prised Brazil­ians, espe­cial­ly since von Storch is the grand­daugh­ter of Lutz Graf von Krosigk, finance min­is­ter in Adolf Hitler’s Nazi gov­ern­ment. The congresswoman’s par­ty, the AfD, is now the sub­ject of an inves­ti­ga­tion by the Ger­man secret ser­vices for its con­nec­tions to extrem­ist acts in the coun­try. . . .”
  • ” . . . . after the end of Don­ald Trump’s term in the Unit­ed States, the ultra-con­ser­v­a­tive offen­sive has bet all its chips on Bolsonaro’s Brazil. In Jan­u­ary 2021, senior Trump offi­cials sent mes­sages to oth­er coun­tries inform­ing that the projects that had been led by the White House would be tak­en over by Bol­sonaro from that moment on. . . .”
  • ” . . . . The Bol­sonaro gov­ern­ment is not alone in this move­ment to keep alive the agen­da of the extreme right in the world. How­ev­er, it has become a key ele­ment in strength­en­ing that group in Amer­i­ca. . . .”
  • ” . . . . Now, the objec­tive is its inter­na­tion­al­iza­tion. ‘There is a script and it’s scary,’ says a Euro­pean Union nego­tia­tor under anonymi­ty. The mod­el is based on the gov­ern­ments of Hun­gary and Poland that, over a decade, man­aged to dis­man­tle a lib­er­al democ­ra­cy and install a new ultra-con­ser­v­a­tive base. . . .”
  • ” . . . . Brazil sent at least six mis­sions to Hun­gary in 2019 . . . . A meet­ing was held between the then Brazil­ian Cul­ture Sec­re­tary, Rober­to Alvim, and a team from the Hun­gar­i­an Min­istry of Cul­ture. Alvim end­ed up leav­ing office after a con­tro­ver­sial video was released using Nazi ref­er­ences. . . .”

Anoth­er very impor­tant, large­ly eclipsed, ele­ment of the fas­cist inter­na­tion­al through the years is the role of the net­worked aris­toc­ra­cies of Europe and Latin Amer­i­ca. 

These aris­toc­ra­cies have com­prised a crit­i­cal ele­ment of fas­cist nations and polit­i­cal move­ments.

(An impor­tant pre­sen­ta­tion of this rela­tion­ship is avail­able in the book Falange–The Secret Axis Army in The Amer­i­c­as by Allan Chase.)

Twit­ter feed excerpts reveal the con­tem­po­rary nature of this dynam­ic, trans-Atlantic fascist/aristocrat rela­tion­ship:

Aris­to­crats see fas­cism as a route to retak­ing pow­er lost to the bour­geoisie. While in Brazil plan­ning her “Con­ser­v­a­tive Inter­na­tion­al”, AfD Par­lia­men­tar­i­an Beat­rix von Storch, grand­daugh­ter of Hitler’s finance min­is­ter, met with Bol­sonaro-back­ers in the Brazil­ian Monar­chy. pic.twitter.com/y51aLIF2VE— Bri­an­Mi­er (@BrianMteleSUR) August 27, 2021

AfD Par­lia­men­tar­i­an Von Storch’s birth name/title was, Her High­ness Duchess Beat­rix Amelie Ehren­gard Eili­ka von Old­en­burg. She is a dis­tant rel­a­tive of both Prince Charles and Bertrand de Orléans e Bra­gança, the head of the Brazil­ian roy­al fam­i­ly, who she met with last month. pic.twitter.com/XKpXlzdVAR— Bri­an­Mi­er (@BrianMteleSUR) August 28, 2021

In 2018, Congressman/Prince Luiz Philippe Maria José Miguel Gabriel Rafael Gon­za­ga de Orleans e Bra­gança became the first mem­ber of the Brazil­ian Roy­al Fam­i­ly to take polit­i­cal office since the fall of the Monar­chy. Jair Bol­sonaro lat­er said, “I should have cho­sen you as my VP. pic.twitter.com/VbsWptVkKE— Bri­an­Mi­er (@BrianMteleSUR) August 28, 2021

Lit­tle known fact: Although the Brazil­ian monar­chy was deposed in 1889, the roy­al fam­i­ly still receives a 2.5% tax, called a Laudêmio, levied on every real estate trans­ac­tion in the for­mer Impe­r­i­al Sum­mer head­quar­ters of Petrop­o­lis, RJ, which has a GDP of R$12 billion/year. pic.twitter.com/469xpHteCt— Bri­an­Mi­er (@BrianMteleSUR) August 28, 2021

Von Storch’s mater­nal grand­fa­ther, Count Johann Lud­wig Graf Schw­erin von Krosigk (sec­ond from right) was one of the few mem­bers of the Third Reich’s cab­i­net to serve con­tin­u­ous­ly from Hitler’s appoint­ment as Chan­cel­lor until his death. pic.twitter.com/qz3kl0KyM0— Bri­an­Mi­er (@BrianMteleSUR) August 28, 2021

As Hitler’s Finance Min­is­ter, von Krosigk and his min­istry per­se­cut­ed Jews, stole their prop­er­ty, and laun­dered their mon­ey. In 1949, he was con­vict­ed of war crimes and sen­tenced to 10 years in prison, but his sen­tence was com­mut­ed in 1951. Those Aris­to­crats have the best lawyers pic.twitter.com/PQu8NVOsbx— Bri­an­Mi­er (@BrianMteleSUR) August 28, 2021

(In AFA#1, we not­ed that von Krosigk mint­ed the term “Iron Cur­tain” dur­ing the clos­ing days of Hitler’s reign, with Win­ston Churchill res­ur­rect­ing and pub­li­ciz­ing it in his famous speech in Spring­field, Mis­souri.) 

The Brazil­ian Monar­chy tried to retake pow­er in a ref­er­en­dum in 1993. I was liv­ing in São Luís at the time and remem­ber think­ing, “what the hell?”. 13% of Brazil­ians – most­ly con­ser­v­a­tive Catholics – vot­ed for a return to Monar­chy. Obvi­ous­ly, many of them sup­port­ed Bol­sonaro too. pic.twitter.com/Kj7AH4U6FK— Bri­an­Mi­er (@BrianMteleSUR) August 28, 2021

Dur­ing the lead up to the 1964 coup, the CIA fund­ed anti-com­mu­nist march­es by a con­ser­v­a­tive Catholic group called “Tra­di­tion, Fam­i­ly and Prop­er­ty”. The meet­ing between the Brazil­ian roy­als and Von Storch took place in its cur­rent head­quar­ters, Insti­tu­to Plinio Cor­rêa de Oliveira pic.twitter.com/eWCBPDJ437— Bri­an­Mi­er (@BrianMteleSUR) August 28, 2021

Here is a Por­tuguese lan­guage source on lib­er­ta­tion the­ol­o­gy priest Frei Bet­to talk­ing about the CIA rela­tion­ship with TFP dur­ing the lead up to the 1964 coup: https://t.co/7QgKgUquhp— Bri­an­Mi­er (@BrianMteleSUR) August 28, 2021

So, recall­ing the rela­tion­ship between deposed roy­al fam­i­lies, Hitler, Mus­soli­ni, and the Brazil­ian mil­i­tary dic­ta­tor­ship, it’s note­wor­thy that a Ger­man duchess/AfD Deputy Direc­tor, just met with Bol­sonaro and the Monar­chy, and announced for­ma­tion of a Con­ser­v­a­tive Inter­na­tion­al. pic.twitter.com/IuLdlvxFvH— Bri­an­Mi­er (@BrianMteleSUR) August 28, 2021

“Bol­sonaro takes over from Trump as a cham­pi­on of the extreme right in the world | Inter­na­tion­al” by Eddie Corp; Digis­Mak; 08/01/2021

Ger­man MP Beat­rix von Storch, from the far-right Alter­na­tive for Ger­many (AfD) par­ty, was in Brazil last week to hold sev­er­al meet­ings with mem­bers of the Brazil­ian gov­ern­ment. On July 26, a pho­to of her was cir­cu­lat­ed next to Pres­i­dent Jair Bol­sonaro and her hus­band, Sven von Storch. The image was pub­lished on the deputy’s Insta­gram account, in which she thanked the Brazil­ian pres­i­dent for “the friend­ly wel­come.” “Impressed by her clear under­stand­ing of the prob­lems of Europe and the chal­lenges of the politi­cians of our time,” she wrote of Bol­sonaro. “At a time when the left is pro­mot­ing its ide­ol­o­gy through its inter­na­tion­al net­works and orga­ni­za­tions glob­al­ly, con­ser­v­a­tives must also estab­lish a clos­er and inter­na­tion­al net­work for our val­ues,” he added.

More infor­ma­tion

The pho­to sur­prised Brazil­ians, espe­cial­ly since von Storch is the grand­daugh­ter of Lutz Graf von Krosigk, finance min­is­ter in Adolf Hitler’s Nazi gov­ern­ment. The congresswoman’s par­ty, the AfD, is now the sub­ject of an inves­ti­ga­tion by the Ger­man secret ser­vices for its con­nec­tions to extrem­ist acts in the coun­try.

It is not the first demon­stra­tion of close­ness of Bolsonaro’s bases with inter­na­tion­al rad­i­cal groups. At the end of last year, the son of the pres­i­dent and deputy, Eduar­do Bol­sonaro (PSL-SP), made a live broad­cast with the leader of Vox, San­ti­a­go Abas­cal. A year ear­li­er, the deputy was in Hun­gary with the prime min­is­ter of the Fidesz par­ty, Vik­tor Orbán. AfD, Vox and Fidesz have demon­strat­ed their affini­ties on issues such as the search for rad­i­cal con­ser­v­a­tive pro­grams, xeno­pho­bia and hos­til­i­ty towards the left and the press.

Brazil has become fer­tile ground to expand those ideas, with a gov­ern­ment that still con­tributes an extra ele­ment: after the end of Don­ald Trump’s term in the Unit­ed States, the ultra-con­ser­v­a­tive offen­sive has bet all its chips on Bolsonaro’s Brazil. In Jan­u­ary 2021, senior Trump offi­cials sent mes­sages to oth­er coun­tries inform­ing that the projects that had been led by the White House would be tak­en over by Bol­sonaro from that moment on. The infor­ma­tion is part of an email sent to col­lab­o­ra­tors by Valerie Huber, the per­son cho­sen by the White House dur­ing the Trump admin­is­tra­tion to address women’s health issues. In a mes­sage on Jan­u­ary 20, 2021, Huber announces that Brazil has kind­ly offered to coor­di­nate this “his­toric coali­tion”. Under this pro­vi­sion, the Brazil­ian pres­i­dent is respon­si­ble for lead­ing the ultra-con­ser­v­a­tive inter­na­tion­al alliance cre­at­ed to influ­ence the deci­sions of the Unit­ed Nations, the World Health Orga­ni­za­tion and oth­er orga­ni­za­tions.

The coali­tion, made up of some 30 coun­tries, was called the Gene­va Dec­la­ra­tion and became a ref­er­ence for the most rad­i­cal wings of reli­gious move­ments. “Coun­tries that wish to adhere to the Dec­la­ra­tion can do so by con­tact­ing the Brazil­ian embassy in the Unit­ed States for more details,” Huber explained. The woman was the archi­tect of the coali­tion and, in recent months, has worked close­ly with Damares Alves, the Brazil­ian Min­is­ter for Women, Fam­i­ly and Human Rights, an ultra-con­ser­v­a­tive evan­gel­i­cal pas­tor.

The Bol­sonaro gov­ern­ment is not alone in this move­ment to keep alive the agen­da of the extreme right in the world. How­ev­er, it has become a key ele­ment in strength­en­ing that group in Amer­i­ca. In fact, Trump’s absence did not weak­en inter­na­tion­al coor­di­na­tion. In recent months and in the midst of the pan­dem­ic, mem­bers of the Brazil­ian Exec­u­tive have been promi­nent guests in closed-door meet­ings with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Amer­i­can Chris­t­ian NGOs, with anti-LGBT and anti-abor­tion pres­sure groups, as well as in meet­ings with polit­i­cal par­ties and groups.

For for­eign diplo­mats, what you see in Brazil’s actions is noth­ing more than a script already designed and applied in small­er coun­tries that have had ultra-con­ser­v­a­tive gov­ern­ments for years. Now, the objec­tive is its inter­na­tion­al­iza­tion. “There is a script and it’s scary,” says a Euro­pean Union nego­tia­tor under anonymi­ty. The mod­el is based on the gov­ern­ments of Hun­gary and Poland that, over a decade, man­aged to dis­man­tle a lib­er­al democ­ra­cy and install a new ultra-con­ser­v­a­tive base.

This alliance began to take shape in the ear­ly days of the Bol­sonaro gov­ern­ment. In an unprece­dent­ed way, Brazil sent at least six mis­sions to Hun­gary in 2019 with agen­das that includ­ed the promise of coor­di­na­tion in the fight against the per­se­cu­tion suf­fered by Chris­tians, the defense of the fam­i­ly and the need to pro­tect “sov­er­eign­ty”. A meet­ing was held between the then Brazil­ian Cul­ture Sec­re­tary, Rober­to Alvim, and a team from the Hun­gar­i­an Min­istry of Cul­ture. Alvim end­ed up leav­ing office after a con­tro­ver­sial video was released using Nazi ref­er­ences.

In addi­tion to the min­is­te­r­i­al meet­ings, there were also infor­mal meet­ings, closed-door con­fer­ences and an intense exchange between the mem­bers of the sec­ond ech­e­lon of the Brazil­ian and Hun­gar­i­an admin­is­tra­tions. There was even a vis­it from Eduar­do Bol­sonaro to Vik­tor Orbán. The fre­quen­cy of the encoun­ters is all the more strik­ing giv­en the fact that Brazil had not sent a mis­sion to Hun­gary since the 19th cen­tu­ry.

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  1. Here’s an inter­est­ing fol­lowup sto­ry to the reports of Ger­man duchess/AfD Deputy Direc­tor Beat­rix von Storch trav­el­ing to Brazil to announce the for­ma­tion of a Con­ser­v­a­tive Inter­na­tion­al with Brazil’s Jair Bol­sonaro:
    First, it turns out that the announce­ment of the new Con­ser­v­a­tive Inter­na­tion­al took place not long before the sec­ond “CPAC Brazil Con­fer­ence” con­fer­ence that just hap­pened last week­end. It was the sec­ond such CPAC Brasil con­fer­ence, the first tak­ing place in 2019. So an actu­al inter­na­tion­al con­ser­v­a­tive con­fer­ence took place in Brazil short­ly after the announce­ment of a Con­ser­v­a­tive Inter­na­tion­al there, rais­ing the ques­tion of whether or not Storch or oth­er Ger­man aris­to­crats attend­ed the con­fer­ence. Either way, it’s hard not to assume the two events are high­ly relat­ed. Espe­cial­ly in light of Jair Bol­sonaro’s son Eduar­do attend­ing the US CPAC con­fer­ence in August.

    And we get to a poten­tial­ly omi­nous twist in this sto­ry: For­mer Trump cam­paign offi­cial Jason Miller was inter­viewed by Brazil­ian author­i­ties for rough­ly three hours at a air­port in Brazil’s capi­tol. It does­n’t sound like Miller was for­mal­ly arrest­ed. Miller released the state­ment, “We were not accused of any wrong­do­ing, and told only that they ‘want­ed to talk,’. We informed them that we had noth­ing to say and were even­tu­al­ly released to fly back to the Unit­ed States.” So Miller was detained by Brazil­ian author­i­ties who ‘want­ed to talk’, told them he did­n’t want to talk, and was released. Adding to the intrigue are recent reports of Brazil­ian pros­e­cu­tors show­ing an inter­est in Eduar­do giv­en his plans to run for office in 2022 and ties to Steve Ban­non.

    It’s notable that Miller’s state­ment on the detain­ment was actu­al­ly released by GETTR, the new MAGA cen­sure-proof social media plat­form financed by Guo Wen­gui. Miller is the CEO of GETTR.

    What might these Brazil­ian author­i­ties have been inter­est­ed in talk­ing about? Well, that returns to the dis­turb­ing sto­ry of the oth­er US con­ser­v­a­tive con­fer­ence Eduar­do attend­ed last month: Mike Lin­del­l’s “Cyber-sym­po­sium”, where Lin­dell was going to show the world evi­dence the 2020 elec­tion was stolen from Don­ald Trump by Chi­nese hack­ers. As we saw, Eduar­do attend­ed with the goal of mak­ing the upcom­ing Brazil­ian elec­tions the next glob­al MAGA bat­tle­ground, with Steve Ban­non declar­ing that “Bol­sonaro will win unless it’s stolen by, guess what, the machines.” To the ground­work is already being laid by this inter­na­tion­al right-wing net­work to pre­emp­tive­ly declare the Brazil­ian elec­tion stolen.

    Flash for­ward to this week, and we find that Bol­sonaro’s gov­ern­ment held a “Stop the Steal” ral­ly that many feared would result in a Jan­u­ary 6‑style insur­rec­tion. That did­n’t hap­pen but the ral­ly was nonethe­less a giant warn­ing about the grow­ing dan­ger of exact­ly that out­come should Bol­sonaro lose. Don’t for­get that this “Stop the Steal” ral­ly is tak­ing place before the actu­al vote. That’s how strong­ly they’re sig­nal­ing this is the plan.

    So why is Bol­sonaro’s cam­paign already hold­ing “Stop the Steal” ral­lies before a sin­gle vote has been cast? Because polls show Bol­sonaro’s approval rat­ings hov­er­ing some­where in the low 20s. He’s lost every­one but the fas­cist core. But he’s still got that core and appar­ent­ly mak­ing the bet that he can cling to pow­er one way or anoth­er by har­ness­ing that 20 per­cent’s mil­i­tan­cy.

    That’s all part of the con­text of the CPAC Brazil con­fer­ence and the mys­te­ri­ous inter­view of Jason Miller. Brazil’s bureau­cra­cy appears to be prepar­ing to deal with the sce­nario of Bol­sonaro going full fas­cist at the same time Bol­sonaro’s team is prepar­ing to both steal the elec­tion and ward off gov­ern­ment inves­ti­ga­tors. That pow­der keg of a sit­u­a­tion is the cri­sis from which this new Fas­cist Inter­na­tion­al is emerg­ing.

    Ok, first, here’s a TPM piece on Jason Miller’s inter­view at the air­port. A mys­te­ri­ous three hour inter­view where Miller appar­ent­ly just told them he had noth­ing to share and that was it:

    Talk­ing Points Memo

    Brazil­ian Author­i­ties Ques­tion Jason Miller After CPAC Event In Brasil­ia

    By Josh Koven­sky
    Sep­tem­ber 7, 2021 1:00 p.m.

    Trump advis­er Jason Miller claims he was ques­tioned by author­i­ties Tues­day as he pre­pared to board a flight to leave Brazil’s capi­tol.

    Miller said that he has attend­ed the “CPAC Brasil Con­fer­ence” in Brasil­ia before author­i­ties ques­tioned him for three hours, accord­ing to a state­ment obtained by TPM. CPAC Brazil bills itself as “The biggest con­ser­v­a­tive event in the world in Brazil.”

    “We were not accused of any wrong­do­ing, and told only that they ‘want­ed to talk,’” the state­ment reads. “We informed them that we had noth­ing to say and were even­tu­al­ly released to fly back to the Unit­ed States.”

    It’s not clear which author­i­ties con­duct­ed the ques­tion­ing or what the sub­ject of the inves­ti­ga­tion was.

    GETTR, the right-wing social net­work which, per Miller, received fund­ing from Chi­nese Bil­lion­aire Guo Wengui’s fam­i­ly foun­da­tion, issued the state­ment on Miller’s behalf. The CPAC Brasil 2021 web­site lists GETTR and Par­ler, anoth­er right-wing social net­work, as spon­sors of the event.

    CPAC Brasil said on a web­site for the event that Miller was set to speak at the gath­er­ing, and list­ed oth­er MAGA nota­bles like Don­ald Trump Jr. and Rep. Mark E. Green (R‑TN) as attend­ing.

    Brazil­ian Pres­i­dent Jair Bol­sonaro, a close ally of for­mer Pres­i­dent Trump who was plan­ning to hold a Stop the Steal-style ral­ly on Tues­day, the country’s inde­pen­dence day, faces re-elec­tion in Octo­ber 2022. That’s report­ed­ly led to Bol­sonaro offi­cials seek­ing help from Trump­world in their effort to stay in pow­er.

    Bolsonaro’s son Eduar­do trav­eled to the Unit­ed States last month, where he met with Trump and received a signed MAGA hat from the for­mer pres­i­dent.

    ...

    Reports from Brazil­ian media have sug­gest­ed that pros­e­cu­tors in the coun­try have eyed the younger Bolsonaro’s plan­ning for the 2022 elec­tion in the coun­try, includ­ing his ties to for­mer Trump cam­paign chair Steve Ban­non.

    There’s noth­ing to sug­gest that the report­ed Bol­sonaro inves­ti­ga­tion is tied to Miller’s stay in Brasil­ia.

    ———-

    “Brazil­ian Author­i­ties Ques­tion Jason Miller After CPAC Event In Brasil­ia” by Josh Koven­sky; Talk­ing Points Memo; 09/07/2021

    ““We were not accused of any wrong­do­ing, and told only that they ‘want­ed to talk,’” the state­ment reads. “We informed them that we had noth­ing to say and were even­tu­al­ly released to fly back to the Unit­ed States.””

    They just “want­ed to talk”. For sev­er­al hours. And Miller told them he had noth­ing to talk about and that was it. Yeah, it’s omi­nous.

    Keep in mind Miller’s posi­tion as CEO of GETTR, one of the ‘cen­sor­ship proof’ social media plat­forms built in recent years tar­get­ing con­ser­v­a­tive audi­ences. And that means GETTR is almost cer­tain­ly a repos­i­to­ry of the worst kind of far right con­tent. Includ­ing talk of polit­i­cal vio­lence. In oth­er words, if Miller is the CEO of GETTR, that makes him the CEO of one of the plat­forms most like­ly to be used by the Brazil­ian far right for qui­et­ly orches­trat­ing some sort orga­nized polit­i­cal vio­lence. Was that part of what they want­ed to talk about with Miller? GETTR isn’t say­ing. But it’s hard to imag­ine these inves­ti­ga­tors weren’t well aware of the “Stop the Steal” ral­ly Bol­sonaro had planned for Tues­day, Sep­tem­ber 7, Brazil’s Inde­pen­dence Day:

    ...
    GETTR, the right-wing social net­work which, per Miller, received fund­ing from Chi­nese Bil­lion­aire Guo Wengui’s fam­i­ly foun­da­tion, issued the state­ment on Miller’s behalf. The CPAC Brasil 2021 web­site lists GETTR and Par­ler, anoth­er right-wing social net­work, as spon­sors of the event.

    ...

    Brazil­ian Pres­i­dent Jair Bol­sonaro, a close ally of for­mer Pres­i­dent Trump who was plan­ning to hold a Stop the Steal-style ral­ly on Tues­day, the country’s inde­pen­dence day, faces re-elec­tion in Octo­ber 2022. That’s report­ed­ly led to Bol­sonaro offi­cials seek­ing help from Trump­world in their effort to stay in pow­er.

    ...

    Reports from Brazil­ian media have sug­gest­ed that pros­e­cu­tors in the coun­try have eyed the younger Bolsonaro’s plan­ning for the 2022 elec­tion in the coun­try, includ­ing his ties to for­mer Trump cam­paign chair Steve Ban­non.
    ...

    And now here’s a Bloomberg report on Jair Bol­sonaro prep­ping his fol­low­ers for the Sept 7, “Stop the Steal” ral­ly planned for Brazil’s Inde­pen­dence Day. As the arti­cle notes, this came days after Bol­sonaro said the upcom­ing elec­tion will either result in his vic­to­ry, his arrest or his death. So the meta mes­sage to Bol­sonaro’s sup­port­ers going into the upcom­ing elec­tion is this will be a fight to the death:

    Bloomberg

    Brazil on Edge as Bol­sonaro Tells His Base to Take to the Streets

    With his pop­u­lar­i­ty wan­ing, the president’s attempt to politi­cize Inde­pen­dence Day is fan­ning fears of con­fronta­tion.

    By Daniel Car­val­ho and Simone Preissler Igle­sias
    Sep­tem­ber 6, 2021, 3:00 AM CDT

    Pres­i­dent Jair Bol­sonaro has urged Brazil­ians to come out in force on Tues­day to show their sup­port for his gov­ern­ment. It’s shap­ing up to be an all-or-noth­ing gauge of his chances of re-elec­tion that has Brazil brac­ing for poten­tial clash­es.

    Brazil’s bank­ing and indus­try groups have issued calls for calm, as Supreme Court Jus­tice Ricar­do Lewandows­ki wrote a news­pa­per arti­cle point­ing out that any action against the con­sti­tu­tion­al order by armed groups, civil­ian or mil­i­tary, con­sti­tutes a crime. The Sen­ate pres­i­dent can­celed his atten­dance at an event in Aus­tria to mon­i­tor the demon­stra­tions.

    Bol­sonaro sees Sept. 7 — Brazil’s Inde­pen­dence Day — as an oppor­tu­ni­ty to ral­ly his base and demon­strate that he retains the back­ing of large num­bers of vot­ers, accord­ing to four peo­ple who have access to the pres­i­dent and his sons. It’s a chance to show that he’s not alone in tack­ling the country’s great­est chal­lenges, the peo­ple said.

    One of Bolsonaro’s fam­i­ly aides says the president’s goal is to pre­vent the fur­ther ero­sion of his base. Even as his approval rat­ing hit a low of 20%, the Bol­sonaro fam­i­ly believes he still has the core sup­port that would allow him to make it through to a runoff against Luiz Ina­cio Lula da Sil­va, the for­mer pres­i­dent who leads the polls for the 2022 bal­lot.

    “Sept. 7 will be a mile­stone in the renew­al of hope in Brazil because Bol­sonaro is loved, fol­lowed and sup­port­ed by the pop­u­la­tion,” Labor Min­is­ter Onyx Loren­zoni, one of the cab­i­net mem­bers clos­est to the pres­i­dent, said in an inter­view. “There is no pres­i­dent in the world nowa­days more pop­u­lar than him.”

    Bol­sonaro may be “unbreak­able,” as Loren­zoni assert­ed, but his gam­ble could still back­fire: a low turnout would be an embar­rass­ment for the pres­i­dent at a time when his trou­bles have been mul­ti­ply­ing. Infla­tion is soar­ing, sup­port from the busi­ness and agribusi­ness lob­bies is flag­ging, a water cri­sis has raised Brazil­ians’ ener­gy bills, gas prices are through the roof, and a probe into his errat­ic han­dling of the pan­dem­ic con­tin­ues to uncov­er nuggets of scan­dal.

    Against such a tur­bu­lent back­ground, Bol­sonaro has used insin­u­a­tions of demo­c­ra­t­ic dis­rup­tion to inflame his loy­al­ists and attack the country’s insti­tu­tions, espe­cial­ly the Supreme Court. Insin­u­a­tions of doubt over the impar­tial­i­ty of the elec­toral sys­tem by which he won office have become one of the ral­ly­ing points for Tuesday’s demon­stra­tions.

    These efforts have height­ened the appre­hen­sion of local polit­i­cal author­i­ties across the coun­try, who fear that Latin America’s largest econ­o­my could become a stage for vio­lent con­fronta­tion.

    The president’s ambiva­lent rhetoric has done noth­ing to dis­pel such con­cerns. Last week he said that the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion will either result in his vic­to­ry, his arrest or his death.

    “No one need fear on Sept. 7,” he said Thurs­day dur­ing a speech at the pres­i­den­tial palace, adding that force can­not be used to whip up aggres­sion. Then on Fri­day, he said that the mes­sage of those on the streets will serve as an “an ulti­ma­tum” to two Supreme Court jus­tices whom he has sin­gled out for crit­i­cism.

    “Under­stand that you two are on the wrong path,” he said, with­out nam­ing the jus­tices. If some­one wants to play out­side the Con­sti­tu­tion, he added, “we will show that we can play too.”

    ...

    Law­mak­ers, jus­tices and even mem­bers of his cab­i­net say they will be watch­ing Bol­sonaro to see how far he is will­ing to go to esca­late the polit­i­cal cri­sis in the coun­try, with Tuesday’s protests an impor­tant indi­ca­tor of sen­ti­ment.

    “Demon­stra­tions are a spasm of a des­per­ate, unpop­u­lar, incom­pe­tent and cor­nered gov­ern­ment,” said Alessan­dro Molon, the oppo­si­tion leader in the low­er house. While refer­ring to Bolsonaro’s call to take to the streets as “one more step of an author­i­tar­i­an esca­la­tion,” he said that unlike in 1964 when the mil­i­tary took con­trol, “today there is no sup­port for a coup d’etat in Brazil.”

    Bol­sonaro will host a pared-down cer­e­mo­ny first thing in Brasil­ia in front of the presidency’s offi­cial res­i­dence. The tra­di­tion­al mil­i­tary parade has been sus­pend­ed due to the pan­dem­ic.

    The pres­i­dent has said that he will then par­tic­i­pate in a demon­stra­tion in the cap­i­tal. Local gov­ern­ment said it expect­ed 16 sep­a­rate groups in the city cen­ter — 13 in favor of the pres­i­dent and 3 against — increas­ing the risk of con­fronta­tion. Some 5,000 police offi­cers will be present.

    Lat­er in the day, Bol­sonaro will go to Sao Paulo, Brazil’s biggest city, for anoth­er protest.

    The Supreme Court “remains atten­tive and vig­i­lant on Sept. 7 in favor of Brazil’s democ­ra­cy,” Chief Jus­tice Luiz Fux said in a speech last week.

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    “Brazil on Edge as Bol­sonaro Tells His Base to Take to the Streets” by Daniel Car­val­ho and Simone Preissler Igle­sias; Bloomberg; 09/06/2021

    “Bol­sonaro sees Sept. 7 — Brazil’s Inde­pen­dence Day — as an oppor­tu­ni­ty to ral­ly his base and demon­strate that he retains the back­ing of large num­bers of vot­ers, accord­ing to four peo­ple who have access to the pres­i­dent and his sons. It’s a chance to show that he’s not alone in tack­ling the country’s great­est chal­lenges, the peo­ple said.”

    A demon­stra­tion of strength. That’s how Jair Bol­sonaro was fram­ing the plan­ning Inde­pen­dence Day ral­lies. A giant sign of strength in the face of polls show­ing him fetch­ing around 20 per­cent of the elec­torate’s sup­port. Lever­ag­ing the inten­si­ty of that 20 per­cent is Bol­sonaro’s strat­e­gy. A strat­e­gy that can’t real­ly work through nor­mal elec­toral dynam­ics. Hence the pre­emp­tive claims of vot­er fraud. In the face of a like­ly elec­toral loss, Bol­sonaro is prep­ping his base to with through oth­er means. Any means nec­es­sary:

    ...
    One of Bolsonaro’s fam­i­ly aides says the president’s goal is to pre­vent the fur­ther ero­sion of his base. Even as his approval rat­ing hit a low of 20%, the Bol­sonaro fam­i­ly believes he still has the core sup­port that would allow him to make it through to a runoff against Luiz Ina­cio Lula da Sil­va, the for­mer pres­i­dent who leads the polls for the 2022 bal­lot.

    ...

    Against such a tur­bu­lent back­ground, Bol­sonaro has used insin­u­a­tions of demo­c­ra­t­ic dis­rup­tion to inflame his loy­al­ists and attack the country’s insti­tu­tions, espe­cial­ly the Supreme Court. Insin­u­a­tions of doubt over the impar­tial­i­ty of the elec­toral sys­tem by which he won office have become one of the ral­ly­ing points for Tuesday’s demon­stra­tions.

    ...

    The president’s ambiva­lent rhetoric has done noth­ing to dis­pel such con­cerns. Last week he said that the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion will either result in his vic­to­ry, his arrest or his death.

    “No one need fear on Sept. 7,” he said Thurs­day dur­ing a speech at the pres­i­den­tial palace, adding that force can­not be used to whip up aggres­sion. Then on Fri­day, he said that the mes­sage of those on the streets will serve as an “an ulti­ma­tum” to two Supreme Court jus­tices whom he has sin­gled out for crit­i­cism.

    “Under­stand that you two are on the wrong path,” he said, with­out nam­ing the jus­tices. If some­one wants to play out­side the Con­sti­tu­tion, he added, “we will show that we can play too.”
    ...

    He may not have the sup­port of 80 per­cent of the Brazil­ian elec­torate. But he’s got a very fer­vent 20 per­cent back­ing him up. Along with Steve Ban­non, MAGA land, Ger­man monar­chists, and the Fas­cist Inter­na­tion­al. So while it may not be look­ing great for Bol­sonaro in the polls, when you count all the fas­cists around the world inter­est­ed in this elec­tion, he’s real­ly does have quite a bit of sup­port. The kind of sup­port that can more than make up for a lack of sup­port from the actu­al vot­ers.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | September 10, 2021, 2:13 pm

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