Military Seeks to Quiet Criticisms of Mourão by Bolsonaro Followers

Despite Planalto effort, Carlos continues to attack the vice without repercussions from father

São Paulo and Brasília

Military personnel who work in the Planalto palace are coordinating a strategy to minimize the negative agenda generated against vice president Hamilton Mourão by the family of president Jair Bolsonaro. 

Mourão’s own behavior, consisting of constant contradictions against Bolsonaro, contributed to the current mistrust of him by Bolsonaro’s supporters. The president has also refused to condemn his son Carlos, the most vocal in his distrust of Mourão.  

Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourao gestures during the national flag raising ceremony in front of the Alvorada Palace before a Cabinet meeting in Brasilia, Brazil, on April 23, 2019. (Photo by Sergio LIMA / AFP) ORG XMIT: SLI - AFP

Many think that Mourão has erred—not for expressing his opinion—but for capturing the spotlight when he should have stepped back. 

Now Carlos Bolsonaro, son of the president and councilman of the PSC-RJ, is welting the vice with criticisms and this is reopening a crisis in the military nucleus of the government. 

Generals faulted Jair Bolsonaro for not including his son in the reprimand against the writer Olavo de Carvalho - the right-wing guru who calls himself ideological of Bolsonarism. Carlos Bolsonaro published a video in which Carvalho criticizes Mourão and the military. 

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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THAIS BILENKY , IGOR GIELOW , Talita Fernandes and GUSTAVO URIBE