Former Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has spoken to hundreds of supporters at a property owned by former United States president Donald Trump.
Bolsonaro ponders Brazil poll defeat from Trump hotel
Former Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has expressed bafflement at how he could have lost October’s election, smiling silently as a crowd of supporters chanted “fraud”.
Bolsonaro did not directly address his supporters’ January 8 assault on the buildings housing Brazil’s Congress and Supreme Court during his appearance in Miami on Friday before a conservative group tied to former United States president Donald Trump.
The event took place at Trump’s Miami hotel, underscoring the connection between two populist presidents who fanned suspicion of their democracies’ elections, leading supporters to turn violent after their losses.
Bolsonaro had mimicked Trump’s strategy during his 2020 re-election campaign, sowing doubts about the reliability of Brazil’s voting machines for months before filing a petition to annul millions of votes.