Bolsonaro Reacts to Pandemic Investigation, Makes Homophobic Mention against Senator

President criticized project presented by Omar Aziz to make prescription drug crime without proof

After yet another testimony unfavorable to federal management in the fight against coronavirus in Brazil, President Jair Bolsonarorea addressed Covid's CPI this Thursday (27th) with cursing, ironies, and provocations to members of the commission.

Bolsonaro is in São Gabriel da Cachoeira (AM) and started editing his weekly live saying that indigenous people used a root tea to prevent deaths caused by Covid. As the treatment has no scientific proof, the president compared the initiative to the consumption of hydroxychloroquine, used in the region for malaria, which is provided for in the package leaflet.

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro listens to national anthem next to an indigenous person at the Yanomami tribe reservation bordering Venezuela in Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas state, Brazil, May 27, 2021. Marcos Correa/Handout - REUTERS

"Could our dear Senate CPI, which has Senator Omar Aziz as president there, I know that you cannot summon, because the Indians do not fall under this issue, they are protected by law, but they could invite you to listen to them and take, who knows, the carapanaúba, saracura and jambu tea there in the balaios ", said Bolsonaro.

When speaking of the vice president of the CPI, Senator Randolfe Rodrigues (Rede-AP), Bolsonaro made a comment considered homophobic and referred to the female parliamentarian.

"Now, there is a bouncer on the committee who wanted to call me. It's a joke, right? Hey, bouncy, you're kidding. Don't you have something to do, bouncing?", Said the president, referring to a request made by Randolfe to that Bolsonaro should be summoned to testify at the CPI. The request was not voted on by the committee.

Bolsonaro complained that the CPI insists on knowing who advises him and requested that pastor Silas Malafaia, leader of the Assembly of God Victory in Christ, be summoned. "Why don't you call Malafaia? Are you afraid of Malafaia? He's one of the people I talk to the most."

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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