Brazil's President: How Bolsonaro his illness politically cannibalizes

Jair Bolsonaro back makes two steps. Then he pulls off his mask and smiles into the cameras. "Look, I'm fine," he says to the journalists. A few minutes earl

Brazil's President: How Bolsonaro his illness politically cannibalizes

Jair Bolsonaro back makes two steps. Then he pulls off his mask and smiles into the cameras. "Look, I'm fine," he says to the journalists. A few minutes earlier, he had revealed to them up close and that his Corona-Test positive, but his fever is already gone back. The journalists can't hide the discomfort behind the mask. The scenes on Monday at noon in front of the presidential Palace is no change in the perception of the Brazilian President to recognize. On The Contrary. Bolsonaro seems to use his infection to the Virus present in the sample as the "Grippchen", as he referred to it at the beginning of the pandemic.

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of Course there is Dead, so the life was, had said Bolsonaro at the time. But him as a former athlete, the Virus can't hurt. To fit the provocative Nonchalance that he did on Wednesday as the first official act vetoed a package of aid, which provides for the supply of indigenous and Afro-Brazilian communities with drinking water, disinfectants and medical care.

In the Belief of his invulnerability Bolsonaro has taken the precautions are never taken seriously. Often he looked without a mask in direct contact with the people. In the past few days – probably already infected – was Bolsonaro on the road a lot. This has consequences: Many Ministers, a group of top entrepreneurs, the American Ambassador in Brazil, and dozens of officials and supporters need to draw a Corona Test.

Bolsonaro believe, to be soon again in full possession of his powers. In doing so, he relies on the "miracle drug" hydroxychloroquine. Several times he said during a press conference on Monday that he'll take the Malaria medication. Bolsonaros infection and is ideal for "advertising" for the drug he is promoting constantly, even though its effect is not proven. The statement of the President only if he remains in good health, to which, at the Moment, there is much evidence.

Updated Date: 10 July 2020, 05:20

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