Brazil’s Trump-like presidential candidate, Jail Bolsonaro, was attacked last week by a knife-wielding leftist doing what leftists usually do when they are losing. Bolsonaro was seriously injured by the would-be assassin, and at the time I speculated he might not be able to return to the campaign trail. Given that Bolsonaro is still having major surgeries, I think it’s increasingly likely his sons and vice presidential candidate will be doing the remaining campaigning for him:
Brazil’s far-right and poll-leading presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro underwent a successful emergency surgery late on Wednesday to repair adhesions in his intestinal walls, according to doctors treating him.
Bolsonaro widely leads polls for a first-round vote, but would lose to most rivals in an expected Oct. 28 runoff ballot, required if no candidate wins a majority.
The Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo where Bolsonaro is being treated said in a statement that the candidate’s abdomen became increasingly distended in recent hours and he was nauseated. A tomography indicated that an adhesion of the small intestinal walls had obstructed them. The surgery successfully repaired the obstruction.
Bolsonaro, 63, was in serious condition but had been moved Wednesday out of intensive care. Doctors have said that he would need additional surgery since he has a colostomy bag that needs to be removed and the intestine perforated by the stabbing repaired.
I really hope he wins. The left must not be allowed to win elections by killing or maiming their opponents. If it succeeds with Bolsonaro, it will be tried elsewhere.