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Trump of the Tropics

Updated on August 27, 2019
Trump of the Tropics: Bolsonaro
Trump of the Tropics: Bolsonaro

Setting a Trump-like example in South America as the Amazon forest burns

Jair Bolsonaro is the President of Brazil and another right-wing nationalist in South America's largest country. Like his idol, Donald Trump, Jair is being called by the local media the "Trump of the Tropics" for his similar policies and opinions he tweets. The media is going crazy there trying to keep up.

With the lungs of the world engulfed in a uncontrollable wildfire in the Amazon basin, the public has been protesting the policies of the their president with over 30 groups. Protesters swarmed the main bus station in the capital city of Brasília, packing over six blocks of downtown São Paulo, and plazas across the northern cities of Recife, Manaus and Belém. The fires in the Amazon are 35% higher than normal and out of control and Brazil does not have the means to control them or put them out. Data indicates that deforestation of the Amazon has been happening at a faster rate and the fires seem to be intentional to clear the land for development. Brazil's president, like his friend , POTUS, has been critical of environmental laws and has stopped funding that enforce them, in effect, many of the regulations are not enforced. President Trump has changed or removed some 83 regulations that protect the US environment to allow for economic development.

The G7 and Bolsonaro

As the crisis in the Amazon goes unchecked causing more air pollution throughout the world as air currents carry it, the Brazilian president is acting like POTUS would, and in fact, President Trump tweeted his full support of his twin in Brazil. The rift began when the G7 offered to give $20 million in aid money to help Brazil fight the fires. Canada and Britain pledged an additional $11 million each. One might think Bolsonaro would welcome the aid.

In Trump-like fashion, he refused the aid unless the President of France, Macron, publicly apologized for Macron's comment. Macron openly said that he wished Brazil would soon have a new leader who is up to the task. Bolsonaro was greatly insulted about Macron's comments about how he has handled the Amazon crisis to date. Macron also was unhappy about Bolsonaro's policies that do not live up to the environmental commitments made under a recent trade deal. Macron felt like he had been played with false promises.

The aid money is desperately needed by Brazil to fight the fires. Brazilians are NOT happy with their Trump of the Tropics president for this and a host of other reasons, but until Macron makes an apology on the world media, Bolsonaro is not accepting the G7 money.

The world is on fire, help is there, but a bruised ego prevents the aid. Unbelievable. The world does not need Trump or more Trump-like leaders who care more about themselves than the people they represent.

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    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      10 months ago

      Well, the minority of Americans certainly feel this way, but not the majority.

    • Wesman Todd Shaw profile image

      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      10 months ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Donald Trump is far and away the greatest POTUS of my lifetime, and the lifetime of the author. It's amazing to have a POTUS who literally intends to keep his campaign promises. I've never seen anything like that before. And putting America first? Never seen that before either.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      10 months ago

      So many ways, but most recent is taking citizenship away from kids born to those in the military service based off shore. Nice slap to those serving! How about denying $250 million to the Ukraine for military aid to oppose Russia, Putin must love Trump. Or, the disgraceful words against Puerto Rico as Dorian approached. He such such an asshole.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad 

      10 months ago

      How is Trump disgracing the presidency?

      How are the democrats in congress not disgracing congress?

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      10 months ago

      Well, those are the positive things, but like in the USA, all Trump-like attitudes are not good and many times petulant that disgrace the office they hold.

    • Wesman Todd Shaw profile image

      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      10 months ago from Kaufman, Texas

      I'm so happy for the people of Brazil. Once he was elected, he said he was kicking the Marxist out of government, and nothing else in this world could improve a nation more than removing Marxist from power.

      I read the homicide rate has dropped 20% already, as Bolsonaro isn't some chump, like what one would expect from a leftist.

      Brazil has always had the potential to be near to a superpower, and with an anti-Marxist leadership, it could be their time to rise many levels.

      Increased ties with the United States in trade could only strengthen the Americas, and indeed, the entire world.

      There's a great video where Bolsonaro refused to shake hands with Fidel Castro's Canadian Bastard, that was fantastic!

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