Bolsonaro vows to 'remain active in Brazilian politics'
Bolsonaro vows to ‘remain active in Brazilian politics’ during reception of expats in Florida as he seeks a six-month visa to stay in the US
- Bolsonaro made the promise to 400 supporters gathered in Orlando
- Former president has been in US since December 30 following election defeat
Brazil’s former president Jair Bolsonaro intends ‘to remain active in Brazilian politics,’ he told a reception in Orlando, Florida.
The far-right leader made the promise last night to some 400 supporters gathered in the city by Yes Brazil USA, a conservative organization of Brazilian expatriates in the United States.
Bolsonaro was defeated in the last election by leftist Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, and left Brazil on December 30, two days before his rival’s inauguration.
He has been in the United States ever since, and is seeking a six-month visa, his lawyer said Monday.
Former President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro attends a news conference at Dezerland Park in Orlando, Florida, on January 31, 2023
Bolsonaro poses for a selfie during an event taking place in a restaurant at Dezerland amusement park in Orlando, Florida on January 31, 2023
Bolsonaro has repeatedly cast doubt on the integrity of the election.
On January 8 hundreds of his supporters stormed the seat of power in Brasilia, ransacking the presidential palace, the Congress and the Supreme Court.
On Tuesday, Bolsonaro again questioned his election loss.
‘Many people are still shaken by what happened in the elections (…) But we will face this moment and, God willing, we will win together,’ he said, calling himself ‘more popular than ever’.
However, he said he regretted ‘what some inconsistent people did’ on January 8.
Bolsonaro has come under scrutiny over the riot, with the new government ordering a probe of him.
It is just one of several probes targeting the former president, which at the least could strip him of his eligibility in future races.
Bolsonaro has largely kept a low profile since flying to Florida.
He has been staying near Disney World at the Orlando home of Brazilian former martial arts champion Jose Aldo and was photographed eating fried chicken alone at a KFC restaurant.
Bolsonaro made the promise ‘to remain active in Brazilian politics’ to some 400 supporters gathered in Orlando by Yes Brazil USA, a conservative organization of Brazilian expatriates in the United States
Bolsonaro supporters react as they attend an event taking place in a restaurant at Dezerland amusement park in Orlando, Florida
Bolsonaro supporters listen as he speaks at an event taking place in a restaurant at Dezerland amusement park in Orlando, Florida on January 31, 2023
Bolsonaro will headline a ‘Power of the People’ rally in Miami on Friday. He will be introduced by conservative activist Charlie Kirk, deliver a speech and then sit for a question and answer session, according to an organizer.
Bolsonaro has applied for a visa so that he could remain in the US for six months, even during a probe in Brazil.
‘I think Florida will be his temporary home away from home,’ Alexandre Felipe Alexandre, founder of AG Immigration, told the Financial Times.
‘Right now, with his situation, I think he needs a little stability.
Bolsonaro had travelled to the US on an A-1 visa used by diplomats and heads of state.
But it expired when he left office, giving him 30 days to obtain a new visa or leave.
Bolsonaro had previously told CNN Brasil that he had planned to return by the end of January, and was considering moving his departure earlier for health reasons.
The far-right leader was injured in a knife attack in 2018. He has suffered ongoing health complications from that assassination attempt, and received hospital care during his stay in Florida.
The visa request comes as US President Joe Biden comes under increasing pressure to send the populist leader and ally of Donald Trump back to Brazil.
Bolsonaro attends an event at Dezerland Park on January 31, 2023 in Orlando, Florida
Bolsonaro supporters attend an event taking place in a restaurant at Dezerland amusement park in Orlando, Florida on January 31, 2023
Biden will host Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva for meetings on February 10, the White House announced today.
Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the leaders would discuss US ‘support of Brazil’s democracy and how the two countries can continue to work together to promote inclusion and democratic values in the region and around the world.’
They are also set to discuss climate change, migration, economic development and security matters.
The storming of the capital by thousands of Bolsonaro’s die-hard supporters demanding that the leftish president’s election be overturned was sharply condemned by Biden, who pledged US assistance.
It had echoes of the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump after he lost his reelection bid.
Dozens of House Democrats wrote to the White House urging officials to examine Bolsonaro’s status and revoke his visa if necessary.
It also urged the administration to cooperate with investigations in Brazil over the January 8 violence.
The State Department has said repeatedly its policy is not to discuss specific visa cases.
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