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Brazil: Left-Wing Candidate Lula da Silva Narrowly Defeats President Jair Bolsonaro in Presidential Election

Brazil: Left-Wing Candidate Lula da Silva Narrowly Defeats President Jair Bolsonaro in Presidential Election

Biden, Trudeau and Macron congratulate Lula, but Bolsonaro yet to Concede. 

Leftist candidate Lula da Silva has defeated incumbent Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in the presidential election, the final vote tally shows.

Lula “Da Silva received 50.9% of the vote and Bolsonaro 49.1%, according to the country’s election authority,” The Associated Press reported Monday morning.

This is a huge comeback for the left-wing politician. Lula, as Brazil’s president-elect is widely known, last served as the country’s president from 2003 to 2010.

Lula is the darling of the American left. Former U.S. President Barack Obama once hailed him as “the most popular president on Earth.” Lula has been one of the leading political backers of Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez and Cuba’s long-time Communist tyrant Fidel Castro.

Media reports suggest that with the margin of Lula’s victory less than a percentage point, Bolsonaro is yet to concede his defeat. It is worth noting that Lula was the mainstream media’s preferred candidate and had been leading in opinion polls by 6-7 points.

Reuters reported the election outcome:

Brazilian leftist leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva narrowly defeated President Jair Bolsonaro in a runoff election, but the far right incumbent did not concede defeat on Sunday night, raising concerns that he might contest the result.

The Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) declared Lula the next president, with 50.9% of votes against 49.1% for Bolsonaro. The 77-year-old Lula’s inauguration is scheduled for Jan. 1.

It was a stunning comeback for the leftist former president and a punishing blow to Bolsonaro, the first Brazilian incumbent to lose a presidential election.

“So far, Bolsonaro has not called me to recognize my victory, and I don’t know if he will call or if he will recognize my victory,” Lula told tens of thousands of jubilant supporters celebrating his win on Sao Paulo’s Paulista Ave. (…)

A source in the Bolsonaro campaign told Reuters the president would not make public remarks until Monday. The Bolsonaro campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

Bolsonaro, a former artillery officer and anti-Communist, was elected to the nation’s highest office in 2018 with broad backing from an alliance of right-wing and center-right parties. He was much despised by the Liberal Western leaders and the mainstream media. The media despairingly referred to him as the “Tropical Trump” for his strong Christian and conservative views.

Liberal Leaders, Mainstream Media Cheer Lula’s Win, Bolsonaro Ouster

Even before the official result could be announced, U.S. President Joe Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and French President Emmanuel Macron congratulated the left-wing candidate.

This swift and coordinated messaging may be a part of a strategy to upend any attempts by Bolsonaro to challenge the narrow election result.

“Less than an hour after #Brazilelections results, Biden, Trudeau and Macron have all congratulated Lula, with Biden saying vote ‘free, fair and credible.’” This could be seen as a “[C]oordinated international campaign to preempt any Bolsonaro” attempt to contest the outcome, a French news agency AFP’s Washington-based correspondent noted on Twitter.

“The speed of the international reaction reflected widespread fears that Bolsonaro, a former army captain who has spent years attacking Brazil’s democratic institutions, might refuse to accept defeat,” the left-wing UK daily Guardian confirmed.

The mainstream cheered Lula’s victory. “Brazil has ousted President Jair Bolsonaro, rebuking the far-right incumbent and electing Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva,” The New York Times rejoiced.

Predicting a political witch-hunt against the outgoing president, the NYT added. “Bolsonaro, in defeat, may now face charges.”

“Brazil’s president-elect Luis Inácio Lula da Silva is a powerhouse of the Latin American left,” The Washington Post declared.

“The victory for Lula, who served two terms as president from 2003 to 2010 — returns a leftist titan of the Global South to the world stage, where his progressive voice will stand in sharp contrast to that of right-wing — and now one-term — President Jair Bolsonaro,” the newspaper added.

“Lula’s victory … consolidates the new shift to the left in Latin America, after swings in Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Honduras, Chile and Colombia,” German state TV Deutsche Welle cheered.

Taking a partisan swipe at the outgoing president, Germany’s state-funded TV station declared: “The extreme right-wing ideas that in recent years have pushed into the mainstream need to go back into the hole they crawled out of.”

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“Even before the official result could be announced, U.S. President Joe Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and French President Emmanuel Macron congratulated the left-wing candidate.

This swift and coordinated messaging may be a part of a strategy to upend any attempts by Bolsonaro to challenge the narrow election result.

“Less than an hour after #Brazilelections results, Biden, Trudeau and Macron have all congratulated Lula, with Biden saying vote ‘free, fair and credible.’” This could be seen as a “Coordinated international campaign to preempt any Bolsonaro” attempt to contest the outcome, a French news agency AFP’s Washington-based correspondent noted on Twitter.”

Results are only challenged when conservative candidates win.

See: Italy.

““Lula’s victory … consolidates the new shift to the left in Latin America, after swings in Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Honduras, Chile and Colombia,” German state TV Deutsche Welle cheered.

Taking a partisan swipe at the outgoing president, Germany’s state-funded TV station declared: “The extreme right-wing ideas that in recent years have pushed into the mainstream need to go back into the hole they crawled out of.”

I bet those holes will seem might warm in a frozen, socialist German winter.

I confess to being perplexed. Haven’t Mexico, central American and south American countries learned from past history that Leftist governments predictably lead to impoverishment, corruption, economic devastation, oppression and general misery?

How many times does one have to get hit on the head with a hammer, before exclaiming, “Wow, that hurts!” ?

    Milhouse in reply to guyjones. | October 31, 2022 at 3:35 pm

    Bread and circuses. What Romney referred to as the 47%. People whose only hope of anything is a government handout, so they don’t care what destruction is caused around them. So long as the government is still able to give them their handout it doesn’t concern them. Only when things get really bad, irrecoverably bad, do they start to hurt too, and it generally doesn’t get that far.

I read somewhere that the lower elections favored the more Conservative party but the presidential election was a close one that went to Lula. Here’s my shocked face :0

The swamp did it in the US, so doing it in Brazil was easy.

Don’t be so sure a true red wave of votes will mean anything after swamp ballot handlers do their evil work in the US.

Our election are rigged, period. The deal was sealed under Odumbo and ACORN.

Kudos to you, Soros. But may you and your puppets rot in hell. Same with every GOPe rat.

I question the headline.

Brazil: Left-Wing Candidate Lula da Silva Narrowly Defeats President Jair Bolsonaro in Presidential Election

It concerns me that LI is becoming the US Pravda for our State Department.

    mailman in reply to MarkSmith. | October 31, 2022 at 4:27 pm

    Siri, show me someone who has no idea what LI is all about 😂😂😂

      MarkSmith in reply to mailman. | October 31, 2022 at 4:45 pm

      Congratulation you won the internet. BTW, I have been around here a long time…..it is changing.

        I couldn’t disagree more.

          That is the beauty of this blog, we can disagree. I see a pro globalist slant on Ukraine. I see a quick to repeat the Pravda of the State Departments positions. With the corruption in our FBI and State Department (and CDC,HHS, etc) I don’t think it move the dial toward a more honest government that our founders wanted. I use to call my self a neo-con. I believed like Reagan in the threat of Communism. What I discovered is an elite group of rich people have been controlling the world in ways that this country was meant to break free.

          I realize that much of our military expansion is not in the interest of the people here or in those countries. I now realize that Kissinger was not the great statesman that he was. I realize that what motivates the Bush’s and Cheney’s and McCains are not as honorable as I thought.

          I realize that the drug, arms and sex trafficking is supported and fueled by the elites. So I am watching closely when the US Pravda is in action. It runs deep through social media and mainstream media as indicated by the statement above:

          “Less than an hour after #Brazilelections results, Biden, Trudeau and Macron have all congratulated Lula, with Biden saying vote ‘free, fair and credible.’” This could be seen as a “[C]oordinated international campaign to preempt any Bolsonaro” attempt to contest the outcome, a French news agency AFP’s Washington-based correspondent noted on Twitter.

          Mark,
          You described how most of us here feel. What’s the disconnect?

          Vijeta Uniyal in reply to TheFineReport.com. | November 1, 2022 at 4:35 am

          Mark: I make no secret of my dislike of Putin and his invasion.

          But I hope you will judge my posts on Ukraine war on their own merit.

          I give ample coverage to Russian position and quote directly from their official statements.

          Vijeta, I appreciate the posting, I just think they are too slated with MSM. MSM is just as bad as Russian Pravda. I was a pro neo-con only to be dishearten by Bush II crappy execution of second Iraq war. Additionally, I thought we should have went further in the first Iraq war to get peace in the middle east. It is painfully obvious they did not for a reason, peace is not what they are looking for.

          https://consortiumnews.com/2022/07/01/ukraine-is-the-latest-neocon-disaster/

          The neocon movement emerged in the 1970s around a group of public intellectuals, several of whom were influenced by University of Chicago political scientist Leo Strauss and Yale University classicist Donald Kagan. Neocon leaders included Norman Podhoretz, Irving Kristol, Paul Wolfowitz, Robert Kagan (son of Donald), Frederick Kagan (son of Donald), Victoria Nuland (wife of Robert), Elliott Cohen, Elliott Abrams and Kimberley Allen Kagan (wife of Frederick).

          This in not a distraction for this thread. It is to make the case that alternative sources need to be exposed more than the standard MSM. That is what worked in the Zimmerman case which brought me here in the first place back in 2012. Wow, been coming here 10 years.

        Vijeta Uniyal in reply to MarkSmith. | November 1, 2022 at 12:43 pm

        Thanks the response, Mark. I really appreciate your feedback. I always welcome comments and critique over my posts.

        I too have evolved on many issues. Let’s keep the debate alive

      Vijeta Uniyal in reply to mailman. | November 1, 2022 at 4:26 am

      I am going by the reports by news agencies and outlets. I have no way of independently verifying the election result. Besides that, I have written what I think of Lula, and his premature embrace by Biden.

    henrybowman in reply to MarkSmith. | October 31, 2022 at 5:22 pm

    I genuinely wish I knew what your complaint was.

    scooterjay in reply to MarkSmith. | November 1, 2022 at 11:36 am

    I have noticed. The pseudo-shadow ban of invisible comments, removed comments and irrelevant subject matter concern me. I hope it doesn’t become Drudge or Hot Air.

      MarkSmith in reply to scooterjay. | November 1, 2022 at 1:51 pm

      Talk to management. Have not really noticed that. Make sure you clear your cache and refresh your browser. I probably should throw some more $$ their way. I throw nickles and dimes every once in a while when I have a gift card with a few extra bucks on them.

Brazil is going to get what it voted for, good and hard.

Bolsonaro has not admitted defeat

BRICS. Change in leadership for Brazil. Regional war against Russia. WEF is working on this and is making progress.

Fun fact: if Brazil had an electoral college like the US done by regions the final result would have been

Lula: 149 electoral votes
Bolsonaro: 389 electoral votes

(Ran across that earlier but forgot to note whom to attribute it to)

Ran across an interesting post but can’t recall exactly where I saw it so can’t attribute it.

General Netto, Bolsonaro’s VP, has not conceded. The delay is just for the military to get into place to suppress an attempted armed uprising. In Brazil we have real men ready to defend civilization, not the wimps who surrounded Trump. The only good Communist is a dead one.

Looks like midterm elections will be watching this closely.

HAPPENING NOW: Things are developing quickly in Brazil, and not in a good way after the election that was STOLEN from Bolsonaro.

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1587255260715835392.html