President Donald Trump is hosting Brazil’s far right wing extremist President Jair Bolsonaro. In a joint press event aired live from the Rose Garden in the White House Bolsonaro announced he supports the American President’s fight against same-sex marriage, transgender people, and fake news.
“May I say that Brazil and the United States stand side by side in their efforts to ensure liberties, and respect to traditional family lifestyles, respect to God our creator, against the gender ideology or politically correct attitudes, and against fake news,” President Bolsonaro told reporters.
BOLSONARO: "In conclusion, Brazil and the United States stand side-by-side in their efforts to ensure liberty, and respect the traditional family lifestyles and respect for God, against the politically correct attitudes and against fake news." pic.twitter.com/zbxvt2pHan— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 19, 2019
He clearly appeared to be referring to same-sex marriage and the President’s recently-enacted ban on transgender troops in the U.S. Armed Forces.
The Washington Blade’s Chris Johnson:
Bolsonaro just said in the White House Rose Garden he stands with Trump against "gender ideology" and the "politically correct."— Chris Johnson (@chrisjohnson82) March 19, 2019
Maybe Bolsonaro can commiserate with Trump over the transgender military ban.
Minutes earlier President Trump had enthusiastically welcomed the Brazilian leader, saying he was “very thrilled” to welcome Bolsonaro.
“We have many views that are similar,” Trump added.
Trump begins by noting that he and Bolsonaro have "many views that are similar." pic.twitter.com/A3PZlQE6I2— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 19, 2019
At the end of the press event President Trump walked over to President Bolsonaro and shook his hand. Not once did he challenge the claim that they are both fighting against basic civil rights for LGBTQ people.
Earlier today GLAAD noted that “Jair Bolsonaro has a long record of condoning violence against LGBTQ people, and even said that he would rather have a son who is dead than a son who is gay.”
He said, “If a gay couple came to live in my building, my property will lose value. If they walk around holding hands, kissing, it will lose value! No one says that out of fear of being pinned as homophobe.”— GLAAD (@glaad) March 19, 2019
“He removed LGBTQ rights from human rights ministry considerations just HOURS after his inauguration,” GLAAD added.
Written by David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement. Photo via NCRM