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Impeach Bolsonaro? Just Five Months In, Talk Has Already Begun

  • Five-month long administration dogged by infighting, setbacks
  • Legislative allies starting to doubt capacity to govern
Jair Bolsonaro

Jair Bolsonaro

Photographer: Andre Coelho/Bloomberg

Earlier this month, a procession of Brazil’s military cabinet ministers came to President Jair Bolsonaro with the same clear message: muzzle your far-right keyboard warriors or your government will implode.

Propelled to the presidency by a vociferous army of online ideologues, including his sons, Bolsonaro’s government comprises an uneasy mix of radicals, pragmatists and economic liberals. In his five months in office, Bolsonaro has done little to rein in the extremist fringe, even when they target Congress, the Supreme Court and members of his own administration. The former members of the armed forces, who make up a third of his cabinet and constitute the moderate faction, have endured particularly vicious abuse.