Brazil elected a more-or-less conventional conservative with populist inflection to the presidency yesterday by a solid margin (55%/45%). There are a few interesting elements:
- His base of support includes young voters (16–24; 16 year-olds can vote in Brazil).
- He’s an immigration skeptic, favoring more restrictions.
- He favors gun rights.
- He opposes affirmative action/racial quotas.
- He favors privatization of state-owned enterprises.
- He is characterized as “far-right” by the media, including Fox.* Of course, the usual suspects also characterized him as an extremist.
Add this to the ascendancy of somewhat similar parties in Europe (e.g., AfD) and it’s starting to look like a movement of global extent. President Trump has already congratulated the president-elect.
*The title of this item, Brazil elects far-right president, worrying rights groups, was subsequently revised but is still visible in the URL:
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