Minister Makes Sexist Statement on The Senate Pandemic Investigation

Wagner Rosário calls senator Simone Tebet 'uncontrolled' and later apologizes

The Tuesday testimony to the CPI of Covid by the minister of the Comptroller General of the Union, Wagner Rosário, was marked by provocations, insults, sexist remarks that almost ended in physical aggression.

Rosário, who is a retired Army captain, was included in the commission's list of those being investigated because senators were questioned for not stopping irregular contracts signed during the pandemic by the Jair Bolsonaro government.

The situation got out of control after the CGU minister called Senator Simone Tebet (MDB-MS) "uncontrolled," hearing in response from other parliamentarians that she was "a brat" and "sexist." The session was momentarily interrupted and ended definitively a few minutes later.

Later, Rosario said he apologized to Tebet and reiterated, on a social network, his apology "in case my words have offended you." "Sometimes, in the heat of a fight, we are unconsciously aggressive. I extend my apologies to any women who have been offended," he said.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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