former US president donald trump called to vote for Jair Bolsonaro in the presidential ballotage on Sunday in Brazil and called his opponent a “lunatic” Luiz Inacio Lula da Silvawhom he nicknames “Lulu,” in a message this Friday on his Truth Social platform.
“On Sunday, VOTE for President JAIR BOLSONARO – HE WILL NEVER LET YOU DOWN!”he said about the Brazilian president, whom he describes as “a great and respected leader, who also happens to be a great guy with a big heart.”
“His opponent, ‘Lulu,’ is a radical leftist lunatic who will quickly destroy his country and all the tremendous progress that has been made under President Bolsonaro, including making Brazil a respected country again,” Trump added.
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Lula, 77, won the first round of the elections on October 2 with 48.4% of the vote, compared to 43.2% obtained by Bolsonaro, who aspires to a new four-year term. Since neither obtained more than 50%, both will meet on Sunday in a second round for which the former president is the favorite.
In the first round, of the 156.5 million Brazilians eligible to vote, some 32.7 million (20.9%) did not appear at the voting booths and the trend is for that number to increase in the ballotage.
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during the campaign Bolsonaro questioned -without evidence- the electronic voting system, which raised fears that he will not accept an eventual defeat and unrest such as the invasion of the Capitol in the United States will occur. In 2021, Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in Washington in a failed attempt to prevent Congress from confirming the Republican tycoon’s electoral loss to Democrat Joe Biden.
“Sunday is a great day for Brazil and for the world”, Trump said on Friday.
In September, the former Republican president already endorsed Bolsonaro, “the ‘Tropical Trump’ as it is affectionately called. “He has done a GREAT job for the wonderful people of Brazil,” she said then.
(With information from AFP)
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