“I would not rape you,” the new president of Brazil told a congresswoman in 2014, “because you are not worthy of it.” That really should have been the whole story, right there. That simple statement revealed a soul so profoundly toxic and a grasp of the law so flawed that Jair Bolsonaro’s public life should have ended the same day. But of course it didn’t. This is the age in which you can boast about grabbing someone by the pussy, moving on her like a bitch, and become the president of the US. And now Bolsonaro is the leader of Brazil. So far he’s making Donald Trump look like a humanitarian. He has gone on record as being in favour of torture and has also dismissed democratic processes, saying things in Brazil would only improve “on the day that we break out in civil war here and do the job that the military didn’t do: killing 30,000”. If, he added, “some innocent people die, that’s fine”. Inevitably, he is also terrified of gay people: he has stated that he would rather his son di...

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