Statements made by President Jair Bolsonaro and foreign minister Ernesto Araújo about the invasion of the U.S.Congress will likely negatively affect the relationship between the Brazilian government and president-elect Joe Biden.
American and Brazilian government insiders who talked to Folha said that the Brazilians' reaction to the Capitol invasion has reinforced the image that Democrats have of Bolsonaro: an extreme-right wing radical, unpredictable, loyal to Donald Trump and capable of making decisions contrary to his own country's interests.
In the long run, the Brazilian government's reaction to the American crisis can potentially damage both the dialogue between the two governments and their strategic partnerships, especially if Bolsonaro insists on antagonizing Biden and continues to present himself as the "Trump of the Tropics."
After the scenes of violence in Washington last Wednesday (6), when a crowd inflated by Trump invaded the Capitol and suspended a session to certify a victory for the Democrat, Bolsonaro said that he is "linked to Trump" and that there were "lots of fraud claims" in the American elections. He also stated that "we will have a worse problem than the United States" if Brazil does not implement paper ballots for the 2022 elections.
Translated by Kiratiana Freelon