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Dozens of Fake Bolsonaros Are Running in Brazilian Elections

  • Candidates add president’s last name to their own in campaign
  • Strategy shows Bolsonaro’s staying power in parts of Brazil
A supporter takes a photograph of a banner during the 38th presidential inauguration of Jair Bolsonaro in 2019.

A supporter takes a photograph of a banner during the 38th presidential inauguration of Jair Bolsonaro in 2019.

Photographer: Patricia Monteiro/Bloomberg

Running for office in Brazil’s municipal elections this weekend are, in no particular order, Adilson Bolsonaro, Aldo Bolsonaro, Angela Bolsonaro, Fernanda Bolsonaro, Zezinho Bolsonaro, Junior Bolsonaro, Maclaiten Bolsonaro, Cabo Ramos Bolsonaro and Wesley Bolsonaro.

None of them are related to the Bolsonaro -- the president, Jair -- and in fact none of them are actually even named Bolsonaro. But in a sign of just how wildly popular his Trump-ian brand of conservative politics is in many parts of the Brazilian hinterland, scores of candidates are tacking Bolsonaro onto their registered names appearing on ballots this Sunday. In all, more than 70 politicians have adopted it.