‘Why can’t it happen elsewhere?’: NYT reporter blames Trump for Brazil uprising

A New York Times reporter blamed former President Donald Trump during a Monday MSNBC appearance for the Sunday riots in Brazil after supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro stormed various federal buildings.

Supporters of Bolsonaro stormed several government buildings in Brasilia, including the country’s highest court and the congressional building after weeks of protests over Bolsonaro’s narrow defeat in an October 30 runoff against former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, according to Reuters. Bolsonaro refused to concede and questioned the result of the election, claiming that the voting machines did not work. (RELATED: Bolsonaro challenges election legitimacy, citing voting machine errors)

“Bolsonaro has repeatedly been called the Trump of Latin America, and I think that’s, you know, one of the concerns that a lot of people in the United States have had about what happened on January 6, what happened in terms of this effort to overthrow the U.S. election, because then it encourages action around the world, in countries with democratic traditions that aren’t even as strong as ours,” New York Times reporter Peter Baker told host Katy Tur. “When they see and see what’s happening here , it looks like something that might be a plausible path forward in your own country, and I think that’s … the concern that people had in the four years that Trump was in office, that the democratic norms that he was so willing to stop , sit on the sidelines, get around, and then encourage … like-minded people around the world to do the same.”

Tur noted that Bolsonaro “was often compared to Trump” and sought to “use some of the same playbook about COVID, some of the same playbook of just denying any responsibility and being extreme.”

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Tur also highlighted the January 6, 2021 riot at the Capitol building and the congressional Republicans who voted against certifying the 2020 election results, calling them “vote-deniers”. The MSNBC host added that the same Republican “choice-deniers” opposed Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s bid for the speakership.

“It encourages that kind of thinking elsewhere as well,” Baker said. “If that can happen in the United States and there’s no consequence for people at the top who make this kind of — you know, encourage this kind of, you know, deception about what happened during an election, that encourages attempts to try to overturn the democratic election, then it seems more plausible or credible to do it elsewhere. If we can do it here, why can’t it happen elsewhere?”

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