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Jair Bolsonaro may become Brazil’s version of Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte

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In a first round of an election that will shape the future of South America, Brazil voted in favor of far-right Jair Bolsonaro, nearly giving him an outright majority in the first round. Unless something crazy happens in the next three weeks, he should be the next Brazilian President.

WSJ tackles the background for the candidate in this video. News editor Anne Pallivathuckal starts the video off by laying out the situation:

He has faced street protests, got stabbed at a rally, and has spurred controversy with provocative statements. Yet Jair Bolsonaro took the lead in the first round of Brazil’s presidential election securing nearly half of the total votes, far ahead of his rivals but just shy of the majority he needed to win outright.

So who is Brazil’s leading presidential candidate?

Bolsonaro comes from South Paulo, one of Brazil’s richest state. He was a paratrooper and captain in the army. Even though he presents himself as an outsider, the father of five has been a congressman for 27 years. Although he has proudly stated that he knows nothing about economics, he is promising with his team to fix a country that’s in deep crisis both politically and economically.

His answer to Brazil’s woes: establishing order by cracking down on criminals inside congress and on the streets. He has promoted himself as a clean alternative to the Leftist Workers’ Party.

In many ways, Bolsonaro is very much like Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte. Both enrage their critics and excite their supporters with harsh words and promises to get very tough with criminals. Both have called for police to kill criminals directly. Both have expressed views many would see as discriminatory.

My Take

The wave of far-right politicians taking office around the world continues. Despite his bigoted views, Bolsonaro may be the bold choice Brazilians need to make in order to fix a nation that faces financial ruin. Run for years by demonstrably corrupt leftists, it is on the brink of fiscal failure.

I disagree with how Bolsonaro speaks of various groups in his country, including gays and women, but the alternative is a continuation of the failed policies that have brought the nation as near to collapse as it’s been since the military dictatorship called the shots in the early 80s. It’s like choosing to face the fire or drown in the water. With no good choices, you go with the one that at least gives you a chance of survival.

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President Trump said tough guys in Manhattan are babies compared to ‘vicious’ DC people

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President Trump said tough guys in Manhattan are babies compared to vicious DC people

“It’s a very deceptive world,” the President said on 60 Minutes.

New York’s real estate and business industries are cutthroat, loaded with lies and deceit. This is the realm that shaped Donald Trump throughout his adult life, but it didn’t prepare him for what he would face in Washington DC.

This is the most deceptive, vicious world,” President Trump said to Lesley Stahl. “It is vicious. It’s full of lies, deceit, and deception.”

He then turned his attention towards the media, but Stahl wanted to change the subject. Because, of course she did.

 

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Saudi Arabia issues warning over “false accusations”

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Saudi Arabia issues warning over false accusations

Representative John Ratcliffe (R-TX) took to Fox News to try to bring calm to an escalating situation. Saudi Arabia has been accused of murdering Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post journalist who has been outspoken against the Saudi regime.

He points out that Saudi Arabia’s threats and proposed actions against them are premature. Until we see the evidence Turkey has against them, we must presume innocence, Ratcliffe said.

My Take

The Representative is right and wrong. He’s right that we shouldn’t act against the Saudis until we know for use. Then again, the evidence that U.S. officials have almost certainly seen and/or heard is enough to make pro-Saudi groups in Washington DC squirm. Then, there are the previous and ongoing abuses Saudi Arabia has committed that must be considered.

Backing away from our relationship with Saudi Arabia will hurt. Backing down to their threats is inexcusable. The White House is in a real pickle on this one.

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#WalkAway: True Liberals have had enough of the Socialist-Left

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WalkAway True Liberals have had enough of the Socialist-Left

The true advocates of Liberty have had enough of the Left’s group-think, violence, vitriol, censorship, socialism, Marxism, and incivility.

The founder of the #Walkaway movement Brandon Straka has had enough of the Left and it’s liberticidal ways. In a recent video from the Daily Caller, he talked about how the Democrats Are Jumping Ship Over Kavanaugh Smear.

He says hundreds of people have reached out to him since the Justice Brett Kavanaugh battle started, and he began receiving more video testimonials and messages from people who say they will now vote Republican because of the smear campaign launched against Kavanaugh.

The #Walkaway march on Washington October 26-28

In addition to this he is leading a march on Washington to take place October 26-28, as reported in the Daily Wire.

Speakers for the event include Dinesh D’Souza, Stacey Dash, Joy Villa, Mason Weaver, Buzz Patterson, and others. Dave Rubin, Herman Cain, Tomi Lahren, and Antonio Sabato Jr. cannot attend in person, but have provided videotaped remarks.

Additional details can be found at WalkAwayMarch.com. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased at Eventbrite.

The official statement provided for the event is as follows:

The #WalkAway™ Campaign, founded by former liberal Brandon Straka, is a true grassroots movement. Until now, it has been a social media movement, dedicated to sharing the stories of people who can no longer accept the current ideology of liberalism and what the Democratic Party has become. Some left long ago, while many have recently been “red-pilled”. Some have wanted to leave for some time but have feared the consequences they might suffer from friends or family if they were to walk away. The Campaign’s membership currently exceeds 370,000 patriots on all social media platforms combined.

This is a movement of Patriots from all walks of life who share something very important in common. WE ARE ALL AMERICANS and we will not surrender our country to: group-think, identity politics, violence, vitriol, censorship, hysteria, fake news, race-baiting, corruption, socialism, marxism, and incivility.

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