In late October, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was said to have lost in a narrow defeat to Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, more commonly known as ‘Lula’.
The difference in votes was 1.8% after more than 118 million votes were tallied in an election where both sides were accused of attempting to suppress the vote of their opponent’s supporters. But similar to the November 8 elections in the US, Brazil encountered issues that caused Bolsonaro to say he would not concede. Large protests have ensued since, with Brazilians demanding fair elections in the face of socialist Lula taking the presidency.
On Tuesday, Bolsonaro appealed to the Court to disqualify votes from certain ballot boxes.
BREAKING: Bolsonaro appeals to court to disqualify votes from certain ballot boxes – CNN
— BNO News Live (@BNODesk) November 22, 2022
Bolsonaro’s coalition said its audit of the Oct. 30 second-round runoff found “signs of irreparable … malfunction” in some electronic voting machines.
“There were signs of serious failures that generate uncertainties and make it impossible to validate the results generated” in older models of the voting machines, Bolsonaro allies said in their complaint. As a result, they urged that the votes from those models should be “invalidated.”
One concerned Brazilian said that 250 thousand ballot boxes could not be considered as they all have the same number.
URGENT: President of the PL says that 250 thousand ballot boxes cannot be considered, as they all have the same number. TSE will be asked to annul 250 thousand ballots, with that, Bolsonaro will be re-elected. We want all those responsible to be arrested! @TuckerCarlson pic.twitter.com/lEmZAHKPXI
— Vitória Bolsonaro (@victoriasamaya2) November 21, 2022
Bolsonaro has been critical of the voting machines for several years.
The electoral court, Justice Alexandre de Moraes, replied that the machines were used in both rounds of the election and that the allegations would only be considered if the first round of the vote was also investigated. He then gave Bolsonaro’s party twenty-four hours to decide what to do.
Shortly after the elections, Brazilians who questioned the election were told YouTube would censor information they put out, announcing they would be “censoring any posts that raise doubts about the vote total.” Apparently, Brazilians are not allowed to question the election results, nor are Americans.
Tucker Carlson called YouTube out for their behavior. “The election is still ongoing,” Carlson pointed out, questioning YouTube’s new censorship announcement. “The incumbent has not conceded. How do you know the claims are, quote, false? Well, of course, you don’t. You are taking sides and using censorship to cement the results in place. This is propaganda. YouTube is interfering in a democratic election in a sovereign nation.”
An update on our Brazil coverage. https://t.co/vMFXnxYjIx
— Tucker Carlson Originals (@TuckerOriginals) November 4, 2022
“Biden’s CIA director pressured Jair Bolsanaro’s office… to accept the results of the election long before the election took place,” Carlson reported.
Carlson argued that, in a democracy, there is no obligation to “accept the results of an unfair election.”
“No one in Brazil is allowed to complain about it because big tech companies, which have been effectively arms of the Biden administration for two years, are censoring anyone who questions the election,” Carlson said. “This is massive suppression.”