In their letter, Democrats say that seeing US President Donald Trump praise Bolsnaro is "extremely problematic."
Five Democratic congressmen from the Progressive Caucus wrote a letter criticizing Jair Bolsonaro and Donald Trump, Estado de S. Paulo reported today in an article signed by Washington correspondent Beatriz Bulla. Criticism for Donald Trump focuses on the fact that he received the Brazilian President with a "red carpet" in the White House last Tuesday.
In their letter, Democrats say that seeing Trump praise Brazil's president is "extremely problematic." "Bolsonaro has a long history of homophobic, misogynist and racist remarks; he has praised torture and expressed his admiration for the military dictatorship in Brazil," the missive reads.
"At a time when right-wing extremism is on the rise around the world, the US needs to stand up for universal values such as tolerance and respect for human rights. Instead of extending the red carpet to Bolsonaro, the US should have asked the Brazilian president to respect the human rights of all Brazilian citizens and the country's commitments to environmental protection and indigenous rights, "the text states. Paulo.
The letter was signed by Mark Pocan, Pramila Jayapal, Ro Khanna, Ilhan Omar, and Raul M. Grijalva. The congressmen compare Bolsonaro to Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte because the former has advocated a "shoot-to-kill" policy for the Brazilian police. "His government now supports an initiative that should further weaken accountability in the case of police killings, which disproportionately affect young black people," the letter reads.
The so-called Progressive Democrats recall the assassination of councilwoman Marielle Franco and the resignation of former Federal MP Jean Wyllys, who had to flee the country following threats to his life. "There has been an increase in violence and threats against minority groups since Bolsonaro's victory," the congressmen say. "Bolsonaro and his sons seem to have relations with militias in Rio de Janeiro, including those who are responsible for the murder of prominent gay and black human rights activist Marielle Franco."