(Above: Jair Bolsonaro right before the attack)
Just moments ago, I started seeing alerts on Gab that Jair Bolsonaro, the so-called “Trump of Brazil” was attacked by a knife-wielding assailant on the campaign trail. One of the central positions of Mr. Bolsonaro’s candidacy has been about security, and how the country has been overrun by crime; being an ex-military person himself, he regularly shows open and strong support for members of both the Brazilian military and police force, who are frequent targets by armed-to-the-teeth drug lords. He’s also a practicing Christian, unafraid and unashamed to talk about God on the trail. He is currently serving as a Congressman in Brazil’s federal House of Congress.
Bolsonaro was campaigning in Juiz De Fora, a city of about 500,000 people that is north of Rio De Janeiro by an hour or two by car. The city is located in Minas Gerais, a state that gave strong backing to both Lula and Dilma (members of the PT, the ruling communist-lite party) in previous presidential elections. It’s kind of like the Wisconsin of Brazil; one of their big products is cheese, but they are also home to some famous mines, including one of the oldest gold mines in the world (“Minas Gerais” means “General Mines,” in case you are curious). By all reports I’ve been hearing, Bolsonaro has been the favorite to win the Presidential election when Brazilians head to the polls next month, since Lula isn’t being allowed to run.
UPDATE (9PM) Initial reports stated that the attacker stabbed him in the stomach, but not “very deep;” then that changed to stabbed in the liver; then when the doctors got to the microphone, they were able to resolve the rumors by clarifying that was more the lung, intestines and a major vein that were punctured, causing severe hemorrhaging. After 5 hours on the operating table, the latest word has Bolsonaro listed in serious condition, under observation and antibiotics.
Mr. Bolsonaro was conscious afterwards and the attacker was arrested, after some in the crowd gave him a little beating. Here’s a Gab showing the attacker; here’s an update with more information on that attacker (off-site link in Portuguese), who is known as a “communism activist” and belonged to the political party known as PSOL, which is known in English as the “Socialism & Liberty Party” (quite the oxymoron if I ever saw one; sorry for the Wikipedia link). Per usual, the Left and communism worships violence and death, since their arguments and policies cannot sustain a prosperous and happy society in any event.
Here is a 6 second clip showing the attack. NSFW for violence or the weak-kneed:
O candidato à presidência Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) leva facada durante passeata em Juiz de Fora (MG) – 06/09/18
If there are any major updates to this story, I’ll be sure to add them here.