The former army captain trounced Fernando Haddad, a leftist former Sao Paulo mayor whose Workers’ Party became synonymous with graft, winning 55 percent of the vote to Haddad’s 45 percent with almost all votes counted. His supporters thronged public places throughout the fifth-largest nation, celebrating with flags, music and fireworks.
A little-known lawmaker for almost three decades, Bolsonaro, 63, drew public attention with tough talk. He promised to suppress the nation’s lawlessness by meeting violence with violence, insulted minorities and women, waxed nostalgic for Brazil’s dictatorship and expressed doubts about the electoral process itself. His unforgiving politics places him among nationalists such as Hungary’s Viktor Orban, Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines and Donald Trump in America, who called him shortly after his victory was declared.
Imagine you live in a country where gangs of feral children hunt anyone they can with assault rifles in the worst areas, the economy has been bad for years, it has one of the world's highest murder rates and law abiding people are growing afraid to just walk down the street normally. Then there's some western-style liberals who live in fortified areas, say you shouldn't be allowed to own a gun and that white privilege and manspreading are the real problems in society. They support a candidate who is literally running from his jail cell after being convicted of corruption. It's like America in 2016 multiplied to the point of ridiculousness but it's all real. I am not at all surprised that Bolsonaro won this handily, if anything I remain vaguely confused how there can be people far enough up enough their own asses that he would only win by a 10% margin. For all the shouts about shame that leftists like to project they don't seem to feel a lot of shame themselves.