He shared his Russian counterpart’s praise on social media and sparked a stream of criticism, support, and memes.
A week after causing a stir for saying that Brazil should stop being “a country of queers,” President Jair Bolsonaro proudly shared on social media a video of his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin praising his “masculine qualities“, a decision that sparked countless memes.
The video published by the Brazilian president on social networks is a fragment of Putin’s speech during the virtual summit of the BRICS, a bloc in which India, China and South Africa also participate.
During the message, the Russian president considered Bolsonaro to be an “example” for his management of the coronavirus pandemic, despite having been criticized by numerous epidemiologists.
“You have personally suffered from this infection and have passed this test with great courage“Putin said, according to the subtitles from Russian to Portuguese translated by the team of the president of Brazil.
“He has sought the solution of various issues, especially those based on the interest of his people, of his country, leaving for later the issues related to his state of health. This is an example for all of us,” Putin emphasized.
“Has shown the best masculine qualities, such as courage and will, to face all challenges with the greatest respect for the will of his people and the interests of his country, “he added, quoted by AFP agency.
Brazil is currently the third country in the world with more infections of Covid-19, while it remains second in number of absolute deaths.
In his column on the UOL news website in Brazil, Reinaldo Azevedo, one of the most respected political commentators in that country, noted that, like the Brazilian president, Putin is a “notorious homophobe.”
Azevedo also recalled that this unexpected support from Moscow is welcome for Bolsonaro, after the defeat of his main ally and model, Donald Trump, in the November 3 elections in the United States.
Both Bolsonaro and Putin preferred to wait until the official results to congratulate the winner of the elections.