The former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva He called the current head of state of Brazil a “psychopath” this Thursday, Jair Bolsonaro, whom he compared to the late Jim Jones, founder and leader of a sect in the US, for insisting on his denialist policy in the face of the severity of the pandemic.
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“Bolsonaro continues to treat the covid with neglect. Only a psychopath like Jim Jones would be able to repeat Bolsonaro’s follies in the confrontation with the pandemic, “said the leftist leader in a message on his Twitter account, whom all polls indicate as the favorite to win the presidential elections in October. next.
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American pastor Jim Jones was the founder and leader of the People’s Temple sect and the inducer of the collective suicide of 917 of his followers in 1978 in Guyana.
Lula launched the harsh attack on his possible rival in the presidential elections after Bolsonaro, leader of the Brazilian far-right denier and one of the most skeptical leaders about the seriousness of the pandemic, insisted on downplaying the health crisis.
In an interview he gave to a local media on Wednesday, the president said he did not understand “that enormous concern” with the covid, which has already killed more than 620,000 Brazilians, and affirmed that the omicron variant is “welcome” to Brazil.
The president, who has censored the use of a mask and social distancing measures and questions the efficacy of vaccines since the beginning of the health crisis, echoed studies that did not specify that indicate that the omicron “is welcome” because ” it may signal the end of the pandemic ”.
Despite the fact that neither Bolsonaro nor Lula have confirmed their candidacies, their dispute for the Presidency is given as a fact and has Brazil totally politically polarized.
According to all the polls, Lula is the favorite to win the elections because he has about 48% of the intention to vote, which is practically double that of Bolsonaro (23%).
In a statement with a clear electoral tone on Wednesday in a public ceremony, Bolsonaro affirmed that the possible victory of the former president in the presidential elections would mean “redirecting the criminal to the scene of the crime.”
The president constantly recalls the corruption trials for which Lula was convicted, that he was held for 580 days in jail and that prevented him from contesting the Presidency in 2018.
The socialist leader is entitled to contest the October presidential elections because the Supreme Court last year annulled the convictions against him for a conflict of judicial powers and ordered that his processes be restarted by a new judge in Brasilia.
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