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He’s called black activists “animals,” said he’d rather that his son die than bring home a male lover and told one political opponent he would never rape her because she was “too ugly.”

Jair Bolsonaro is also Brazil’s new president after capitalizing on fatigue with corruption and crime to ride a populist wave in last year’s election. Vowing to eliminate socialism and political correctness, Bolsonaro has often drawn comparisons to U.S. President Donald Trump.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at Brazil’s divisive new leader and the currents that swept him to power in Latin America’s largest country.

Joining the program:


Assistant producers: Gaelle Fournier, Connor O’Halloran, Megan Smaltz, Samantha Waigand

Supervising producer: Rosemary Belson
Visual editor: Grace Lett

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