Jair Bolsonaro’s son initially said his father was only lightly injured, but later admitted that the injuries he received in a knife attack by a crazed leftist Lula supporter were very bad:
Jair Bolsonaro, a leading Brazilian presidential candidate whose heated rhetoric has electrified some voters and angered others in a deeply polarized electorate, was stabbed during a campaign event Thursday and was undergoing surgery.
Officials and his son said the far-right candidate was in stable condition, though the son also said Bolsonaro suffered severe blood loss and arrived at the hospital “almost dead.”
Santiago said the attacker was identified as Adelio Bispo de Oliveira. He said the suspect was beaten badly by Bolsonaro supporters after the attack. The man was arrested in 2013 for another assault, police said.
Bolsonaro’s son, Flavio Bolsonaro, initially posted on Twitter that the injury was superficial and his father was fine. However, an hour later he posted another tweet saying the wound was “worse than we thought.”
Flavio said the puncture had hit parts of his father’s liver, lung and intestines and he lost a lot of blood.
He arrived at the hospital “almost dead,” Flavio wrote. “His condition now seems stabilized. Please pray.”
Other media articles on this topic carefully insinuate that the attack was deserved due to Bolsonaro’s “heated rhetoric.”
While it’s good Bolsonaro survived, the injuries he received sound very serious. If there is significant damage to his internal organs, Bolsonaro won’t be able to hit the campaign trail for the remainder of the election, which would be a significant disadvantage. Some observers expect a sympathy vote to result from the attack, which is also a plausible scenario. The first round of the elections takes place on October 7, so Bolsonaro’s time to recover and return to the campaign trail is unfortunately very limited.
Even with a “sympathy” vote, running a campaign from a hospital bed with a candidate unable to make public appearances will be a major challenge.
The attack is particularly outrageous because Brazil’s leftist former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (more commonly known is in jail and has been barred from running due to his involvement in gigantic corruption scandals. Rather than learn their lesson about blatant criminal behavior, the left in Brazil seems to have responded by upping the ante even more and attempting to kill the opposition.
It is now critical that Bolsonaro win the October elections, in part because the far left must not be allowed to steal elections by openly attacking or even murdering their political opposition. If this tactic succeeds in Brazil, you can bet the rest of the international left will take note and step up campaigns of intimidation and violence in their own countries.