Election 2022: United States warns Bolsonaro government about election threats
Robert Menendez, 68, son of Cuban immigrants and a senator from New Jersey (USA), is recognized as a “hard liner” against authoritarian leaders in Washington.
Joe Biden has chaired the influential U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee for nearly a decade since the departure of John Kerry, the current climate negotiator.
Yesterday, Menendez led a hearing on Elizabeth Bagley, a former adviser to Kerry in the Obama administration, nominating Biden to be ambassador to Brazil. It was straightforward:
– I ask you a question about President Bolsonaro’s attempt to undermine the credibility of Brazil’s electoral system. If you are sure [pelo Senado, como embaixadora]What steps will you take to ensure and support the integrity and outcome of the election in Brazil?
– Balsonaro A lot has been said, but basically Brazil was a democracy, “he replied. “They have democratic institutions, they have a democratic electoral system, they have an independent judiciary, they have an independent legislature, they have freedom of expression and assembly. So there are all the democratic institutions necessary for a free and fair election. I have observed several selections [no exterior], And I know it won’t be an easy time because of his many comments. But there is a real institutional basis behind all these comments and I think what we are going to do is show our confidence and our expectation that they will have a free and fair election and we are doing that at every level.
Menendez commented: “When a country’s leader tries to weaken – as we feel here in the United States – the legitimacy and legitimacy of the election, it undermines the country’s democratic process. So I hope at the end of the day we are not afraid to challenge.
This dialogue contains, perhaps, the best translation of Zaire Bolsonaro’s image in Congress and in the US government.
It also summarizes the expectations of Washington’s political elite on the reaction of the Brazilian establishment, the Biden administration, and the Democratic Party, to possible attempts to riot the electoral process.
There are many warnings, transmitted directly or in the coded language of diplomacy, even through unusual channels, such as instructions from intelligence agencies, the CIA or the Commerce Department.
Don Graves, Deputy Secretary of Commerce, echoed the message in Brasilia yesterday, introducing businessmen to the political game: “The business community also believes that Brazil will have free and fair elections and that relations will remain as strong as ever.”
Concerns about the stability of democracy have become a relevant issue in Brazil-US relations. Ironically, because of a government that calls itself liberal, whose leader is running for re-election by the Liberal Party and has the parliamentary support of self-proclaimed center-right parties, has been concentrated in a distorted mass centered in Congress.
Bolsonaro’s flirtation with institutional turmoil, ultimately driven by “us, the armed forces and allies” – as he reiterated – has occupied a good part of the agenda of American officials sent to Brasilia over the past ten months, focusing on information in Rio, Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre. Services at Horizonte and Recife.
When the chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee publicly expressed the expectation that “we will not be afraid to challenge,” if Bolsonaro’s declared unrest occurs, he echoes the position of the Democratic Caucus in the House.
Seven months ago, 63 deputies signed a letter to the Biden administration advising them to suspend or cancel the Bolsonaro-Trump pact, which raised the possibility of Brazil’s armed forces entering the American technical emporium at war.
They rightly say: “We need to make sure that we do not build an army that could break with the democratic process tomorrow.”
58 years ago, Washington was moving in the opposite direction.
Shortly after noon on Tuesday, March 31, the Commander-in-Chief of the Atlantic Fleet was instructed to deploy a task force, with the aircraft carrier at the front, “Santos, in the vicinity of Brazil”.
Published twelve years later by journalist Marcos Sa Correa, the plan was approved by Democratic President Lyndon Johnson to provide logical support for a military coup against Joao Goulart’s “communist” government. In the face of the success of the domestic coup for “democracy”, the fleet did not even have to go to the bottom of the Atlantic.
Now, the concern is with a right-wing government that fuels the anti-democratic movement.
Washington moved with another view.