Bolsonaro Calls Orbán His Brother, Uses Fascist Motto and Suggests Influence over Putin

On an impromptu trip to Hungary, the president visits icon of the European extreme right

In a quick speech during his impromptu trip to Hungary, President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) displayed all the credentials that place him as a member of the league of populist leaders on the spectrum of the global nationalist right. During a statement to the press, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, the country's strongman since 2010, called "my brother given the affinities" and celebrated "values ​​that we represent, which can be summarized in four words: God, homeland, family and freedom."

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban (R) and Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro hug after giving a joint press conference on February 17, 2022 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Attila KISBENEDEK / AFP) - AFP

It's not the first time he's used the motto, which has its roots in Italian fascism of the 1920s and 1930s. It was adopted by Brazilian fascists of the Integralist Action and by the longest-running European dictatorship of the 20th century, which António de Oliveira Salazar commanded from 1933 to 1974 in Portugal. Bolsonaro has not diplomatically called the country of nearly 10 million people Brazil's "little big brother."

The Brazilian once again insisted on a lie suggested by him and successfully shared on Bolsonarist social networks, with a fake video, that he influenced Vladimir Putin, the Russian president he had visited the day before in Moscow, to decide to take out parts of the troops surrounding Ukraine.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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