Conservative Event Solidifies Eduardo Bolsonaro as Successor to Father

Bolsonaro's was greeted as mitinho in a conference that he helped to import from the USA

Analysis

Fábio Zanini
São Paulo

The first Brazilian edition of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), America's main conservative convention, brought the expected repertoire of media criticism, allegations of alleged Marxist cultural dominance, and appeals for right-wing unity. The event also consolidated federal deputy Eduardo Bolsonaro (PSL-SP), 35, as his father's political successor.

As the event's master of ceremonies, Eduardo is largely responsible for importing the conference, which has been taking place since 1973 in the United States. It ended Saturday night with shouts of "mitinho" by the audience members.

Brazilian Deputy Eduardo Bolsonaro, son of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, holds a Brazilian national flag during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on October 11, 2019. (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP) - AFP

During the meeting, the deputy exemplified Bolsonarism, attacking his father's enemies and spreading conservative flags. But this was dispersed with charismatic moments.

Eduardo, nominated (still informally) Brazil's ambassador to the United States, shone alone, perhaps in the clan's purposeful strategy. Jair Bolsonaro's presence, which was confirmed, was canceled. The president preferred to go to the match between Palmeiras and Botafogo in Pacaembu.

​The huge line that formed to take selfies with the federal deputy was a sign that son "03" will likely be chosen as heir to the president's estate in 2026. Or 2022, if the president, for some reason, cannot run.

The second Brazilian edition of CPAC, in 2020, is guaranteed. The agreement document was signed on stage by Eduardo Bolsonaro and Matt Schlapp, president of the American Conservative Union, owner of the brand.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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