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The Bolsonaro Clan; Like Father, Like Son(s)

  • The Bolsonaro Familiy, one of the most politically connected families in Brazil.

    The Bolsonaro Familiy, one of the most politically connected families in Brazil. | Photo: Reuters FILE

Published 3 November 2018

01, 02 and 03 got the same highly conservative and far-right ideology from their father. The three of them have a political career. 

The Bolsonaro family, led by Brazil's newly elected president, Jair,  is one of the most politically connected families in the country. "I have five children, four men and with the fifth, I got weak and a woman came," said Jair Bolsonaro during a lecture in Rio de Janeiro in 2017.

A Bolsonaro Win is The Militarization of Politics in Brazil

From the Presidency to the Municipal Chamber of Rio de Janeiro through the Congress, the Bolsonaro clan increases its influence in the complex Brazilian political scene led by the patriarch, Jair, and with three of his sons in different spheres of the Legislative Power.

On January 1st, 2019, far-right Jair Bolsonaro will become head of State of the 5th largest county in the world and will count on the political support of three of his descendants, Flavio, Carlos and Eduardo. Jair calls his sons, using military jargon, 01, 02 and 03, respectively.

01, 02 and 03 got the same highly conservative and far-right ideology from their father. The three of them have a political career. These three Bolsonaro kids are "always united, now for Brazil," wrote Flavio on social media.

Flavio Bolsonaro is 37-years old and is a lawyer, In February he will be present in the Senate, after winning the elections in October. Flavio is the most moderate of his brothers. He lost the elections for the Mayor office of Rio de Janeiro in 2016. 

01 Flavio is against welfare and redistribution policies, as, for whatever unknown reason, "they only contribute to the dependence of the poorest populations and favor promiscuous relationships," as he said once. He fights for the liberation of the market and a lower state interference in social and economic matters, and more interference of police and military in security.

02 Carlos is 35-years old. He was elected to the City Council of Rio de Janeiro in 2000 when he was only 17 years old, according to his Twitter account the youngest councilor. He has been the mastermind behind his father's campaign. Carlos believes that Brazil's biggest problems are "misery and violence" which are to be solved by having less poor people "a policy of birth control and the reduction of the criminal majority." Meaning either by making poor people have fewer children or by locking people out of society.

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03 Eduardo is 34-years old, is a Federal Police officer, and the most like his father with a far-right stance, and explosive speeches. One of his most alarming declarations occured when a video appeared in which he was giving a lecture and affirmed that if it were necessary to "close" the Supreme Court, it would be enough to send just "a soldier and a corporal." Jair Bolsonaro was forced to publicly ask for forgiveness and the Bolsonaros were seen as coup-plotters.

Eduardo said once to Brazilian journalist Patricia de Oliveira Souza Lélis, "You understand it as you want, then you complain that you got it, you deserve it, you know it, you had to take it more to learn to keep quiet, one more word and I'll kill you, I'll end up with your life," after she asked him if he was threatening her. When she answered, "We will solve this with Justice. It's the best way to solve it," Eduardo Bolsonaro told Patricia, "Stick justice up your ass."

01, 02 and 03 are children from Jair's first marriage with Rogeria Braga. With his second wife he had Jair Renan, now 20-years old, and with his third wife Michelle he has Laura, now 8-years old. Jair Renan has been more low-key politically. However, after his father was stabbed he said on Twitter, "As of today I am in this fight together with my father and my brothers, together with Brazil (...) Brazil above all and God above everybody," his father slogan.

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