Bolsonaro backs Brazil down of the Supreme Court showdown, for now

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro seemed a step back from the ledge on On Thursday evening, he released a conciliatory statement, two days after he promised to ignore the Supreme Court rulings and declare that only God can protect him. office.

Stands of play: Bolsonaro addressed rallies of about 100,000 supporters in Brasilia and Sao Paulo on Tuesday, Brazil’s Independence Day. They were intended as a show of force, with slide and examine its approval ratings against he stacks up.

  • “A lot of people were ready to commit violence for Bolsonaro,” said Gustavo Ribeiro, the editor-in-chef of the Brazilian report, who covered the rallies. He spoke met Brazilians who had hoped to storm the Supreme Court building in an uprising in the style of January 6.
  • Bolsonaro’s feud with the court started in 2019 with a research on social media troll armies and several subsequent probes targeted Bolsonaro and his associates.
  • After Bolsonaro started launching attacks earlier this year year on the electoral system – to threaten met rejecting elections die were not kept with paper ballots — the Supreme Court opened further investigations that may prevent him from in would qualify for run, Ribeiro tells Axios. “Then it changed in an MMA fight.”

The latest: bolsonaro said: in the explanation die he had spoken in “the heat of the moment” and had no intention of attack on the Supreme Court. Currency of Brazil Rose after it appeared that Bolsonaro would not deepen the crisis.

  • “[I] would guess the explicitly impeachable nature of Bolsonaro’s Threat This Week To Disobey Supreme Court Rulings, & [the growing] support in Congress and political elite in favor of deposition, contributed to this decisionAmerica’s Quarterly Editor Brian Winter tweeted.

What to watch: Ribeiro says that Bolsonaro has committed multiple impeachment offenses but “has kind” of snooker the political establishment.”

  • “Are you doing nothing and? just let him move the goalposts further and further? Or are you going for the full- scale up confrontation and then you increase the risks exponentially of an abrupt break?”
  • “It’s a lose-lose situation now,” he says says.

Even if Bolsonaro is willing to take step back, his supporters may not.

  • Bolsonaro met on thursday evening with the leaders of pro-Bolsonaro trucker protests die highways in have blocked the whole country, Reuters reports:.
  • Bolsonaro was initially reluctant to deny the blockades, despite the economic implications, but eventually did in an audio message last night.
  • Some of the truck drivers didn’t believe the message really came from Bolsonaro. And one of the leaders who met with Bolsonaro told Reuters he hadn’t told them to stop.

In the meantime on Monday, Bolsonaro has issued a temporary ban social media companies of removing most content without court order — the first time like policy has been tried on a national level, according to the NYT.

  • The social media giants have not said of they will comply, and the move can be blocked in the courts.
  • The backstory: YouTube has removed multiple of Bolsonaro’s Videos for including wrong information over COVID-19. He and his supporters have also spreading messages warning that the 2022 elections will be rigged.

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