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Judi Lynn

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Wed Nov 2, 2022, 12:33 AM Nov 2022

How Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders Helped Lula Win

A democratic America took the air out of the Brazilian far right.



The president-elect of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, makes a statement to the press in São Paulo, Brazil, on October 30, 2022, after the counting of votes.

In the runoff election for the presidency of Brazil on Sunday, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva narrowly defeated the far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro, by 51 to 49 percent. It’s an enormous victory and incredible comeback for Lula, his staff, and the thousands of ordinary Brazilians who worked themselves to the bone on the campaign.

But there is an international element as well. If Joe Biden had not won the U.S. election in 2020, it’s highly likely that Lula would not have been able to claim victory. Bolsonaro would have successfully rigged the vote, or simply attempted a putsch—and a second-term Donald Trump would have helped him do it. The danger of Bolsonaro and his movement remains, but they have suffered a major setback.

Here’s why. First, there is the recent context. Clearly inspired by Trump and the poisonous miasma of American right-wing media, Bolsonaro had for years spread conspiratorial insanity about Brazil’s electoral machinery (which in reality is famously efficient and reliable). This is becoming a classic political tactic of the extreme right around the world: spread disinformation about voting as preparation to discredit the election and seize power by force or fraud should you lose.

In July 2021, Biden’s pick for CIA director, William Burns—unusually, a career diplomat with decades of experience in the State Department—met with Bolsonaro face-to-face, along with his top staff, and told them to knock it off. Reuters reported: “Burns was making it clear that elections were not an issue that they should mess with,” and that this was widely understood to be a message carried from the White House.


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How Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders Helped Lula Win (Original Post) Judi Lynn Nov 2022 OP
Lula is not the beacon of hope for democracy we might think. Not saying Bolsonaro is better PortTack Nov 2022 #1


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1. Lula is not the beacon of hope for democracy we might think. Not saying Bolsonaro is better
Wed Nov 2, 2022, 02:48 AM
Nov 2022

Lula has already made public statements about Russian special operations in Ukraine saying that Ukraine, President Zelensky and the west shoulder much of the blame for the Russian invasion.

Putin called to congratulate Lula saying he can work with him.

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