Brazil’s women are biting back against a presidential frontrunner who seems cut from the same cloth as the President of the United States. In fact, he’s been called “Brazil’s Donald Trump.”
Let us count the ways that far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro shows his, um, appreciation for women.
One female congresswoman was “too ugly to merit raping,” he once declared. The pay gap between women and men is OK, he has said, because women get pregnant (and, presumably, don’t work as much?). And after fathering four sons, he described the birth of his daughter as a moment of “weakness.”
Well, with women in Brazil making up 52.3 percent of the electorate, Bolsonaro might live to eat his words.
The 63-year-old former military officer is being rejected by female voters at a rate of 50 percent, with the hashtag #NotHim trending — and widespread rallies planned against him at the end of the month ahead of the election on October 7, reports Bloomberg.
High-profile pop stars have also weighed in across social media, which could help move the needle away from him as a candidate. Brazilian pop star Anitta — who has 7.4 million Twitter followers — posted a video saying she wouldn’t vote for a misogynist and homophobic candidate. Also opposing his candidacy is the singer Dua Lipa, who tweeted a New York Times column denouncing Bolsonaro.
Some outlets have called Bolsonaro the “Trump of Brazil,” and he’s also frequently made heinous anti-LBGT remarks, equating homosexuality with pedophilia. Bolsonaro has become such a polarizing figure that he was stabbed at a campaign rally earlier this month.
Of course, as many countries have seen, having a vocal opposition doesn’t ensure victory during election day — but in the case of Brazil’s electoral rules, it might. There are 13 presidential candidates running this year (only one is a woman), and if no one candidate receives 50 percent in the first round vote, the two frontrunners move to a second round.
Additionally, voting is mandatory in Brazil for citizens between the ages of 18 to 70 — and, as mentioned, women make up more than half of the electorate. As Brazil weathers a recession and the population’s distrust of most people in government, it will be a remarkable test after the country sees what happens when another outspoken man is on the ballot.
Read the full story at Bloomberg.