On Friday, Brazilian President Bolsonaro spoke to a vast group of Brazilians who gathered to show support. The speech came after a month of quiet following the troubling elections this fall. At the end of October, Brazil held elections in what was portrayed as a hotly contested race between popular conservative President Bolsonaro and Lula Da Silva a man with a criminal record of corruption and an avowed socialist.
The Biden Administration has said Brazilians should not question their elections, the same message Americans have been given following the 2020 election and the 2022 midterm election. Brazil’s election saw similar problems to U.S. elections; uncounted ballots, and machines that are not trusted and did not function correctly. The Biden’s State Department even put out a statement saying that Brazils election restored faith in elections. Tucker asked why the Biden administration is meddling in Brazil’s elections. U.S. CIA chief William Burns traveled to Brazil last year and warned officials that Bolsonaro could not question the upcoming election results, giving rational free-thinkers a healthy skepticism of what’s happening behind the scenes. Being told something is not up for questioning would draw the opposite response especially with the number of people who are already skeptical of the U.S. government and their foreign involvement in Brazil’s elections.
Biden send a message to brasilians BEFORE election. That we had to accept that Lulu win. BEFORE we vote in Bolsonaro.
— Duda (@Duda07142096) December 5, 2022
Brazilians have flocked to the streets by the millions to protest the elections, which they have claimed were unfair. Bolsonaro has not conceded, has attempted to fight in the left-leaning court, and has been begged by Brazilians to use the military.
On Friday, Bolsonaro spoke to a crowd that had gathered. He spoke with confidence and inspired hope saying, “We will Win.”
Here is the transcript:
I am here to listen to the people. My loyalty belongs to the people of Brazil.
The people are once again waving their flag proudly and have hope for their country’s future. Now, we must unite.
Brazil does not need more laws – the laws which we have must be respected.
I am the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. The Armed Forces are the last bastion against communism. They are loyal to the Brazilian people. Their duty is to defend our freedom.
We are facing difficult and painful decisions. If it goes wrong, it is because we, as leaders, have failed. So do not criticize without being absolutely sure of what is happening.
Everyone knows what happened over the last four years and what the Supreme Electoral Court has said. What is happening in our country is absurd. It would be easy to install a dictatorship in Brazil.
So do not ask what I can do for you, but what you can do for your country. It is you, the people, who will decide my future and what the Armed Forces will do.
I can only be happy if you are. I will do what I can. But I can’t authorize anything by myself. This isn’t a decision for only one person alone.
Forty days of silence pained me in my soul. I’ve never seen people take to the streets, demanding that a president stay. Usually, they want him to leave. I’ve never seen anything like this!
Nothing is lost yet. I believe that victory will come within the law and the Constitution.
I will give my life for my country! Let’s dedicate ourselves, unite and seek a way out. Let us each do what we can to save our country! Onward to victory!
Protesting is a democratic right! You are the citizens of this country! No more being treated the way they have been treating you!
Everything will work out – Nothing is lost! We will win!
Power comes from the people! Everything in its time!
Bolsonaro em: O Rei do Gado. pic.twitter.com/4qdl6SJUyc
— GugaNoblat (@GugaNoblat) December 9, 2022