The event called by Jair Bolsonaro (PL) for February 25th, on Avenida Paulista, in São Paulo, will be a kind of test of Bolsonaroism for Tarcísio de Freitas (Republicans), governor of the state, and Ricardo Nunes (MDB), mayor of the capital.
Tarcísio and Nunes are often asked to take a public stance in defense of the former president by Bolsonaro’s closest allies.
In a video, the former president stated that the act was called so that he could defend himself against the accusations against him. He is being investigated for his alleged participation in a coup plot to remain in the Presidency.
More recently, the governor has been pressured by Bolsonaro supporters for his friendly interaction with President Lula (PT) during an event in Santos (SP) and for not having publicly spoken out in defense of the former president after the Federal Police operation.
The mayor managed to get Bolsonaro to declare support for his candidacy at the beginning of February, after negotiations that dragged on for months. During this period, the emedebista was accused several times regarding his loyalty to the former president, including by Bolsonaro himself.
When asked by Mônica Bergamo column about the PF operation, he declined to answer. Shortly before, he told journalists that he has “full confidence in our country’s institutions and our judiciary.”
The seriousness of the accusations against Bolsonaro and the fact that the former president himself is calling for the event increase the pressure for the presence of Tarcísio and Nunes.
In both cases, however, the distance they try to maintain from the most radical parts of Bolsonarism may be jeopardized, depending on the content of the speeches of the former president and other participants in the event.
On social media, Bolsonaro supporters have demanded their presence and that of other politicians, such as Senator Ciro Nogueira (PP), at the event.
“The group that was elected with Bolsonaro’s support is time to define its position and get off the fence,” wrote one user. Fabio Wajngarten, the former president’s lawyer, complemented the publication with “and the group that wants to be elected with Bolsonaro support…”
If he is prosecuted and convicted of the crimes of attempted coup d’état, attempted abolition of the democratic rule of law and criminal association, Bolsonaro could face a sentence of up to 23 years in prison and be ineligible for more than 30 years.
Bolsonaro has not yet been indicted for these crimes, but suspicions about these crimes led the Federal Police to launch an operation that targeted him and his allies last Thursday (8).
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