Jair Bolsonaro, Brazilian presidential frontrunner was stabbed while attending a campaign rally.
The far-right politician who is often controversial for his social views had a knife pierce his intestines while standing in the center of a crowd. Has was taken to a nearby hospital and underwent two-hour emergency surgery. Bolsonaro is a former army captain and if often referred to as the “Brazilian Trump.” He is extremely pro-gun, anti-abortion and anti-gay with a history of making inflammatory remarks about gay people, people of different races and women.
He has equated homosexuality with pedophilia, and said that he would be “incapable of loving a gay son” and that if, god forbid, he did have a gay son, he would hope to see him “die in an accident”.
Lucky for his son Flavio, he’s straight.
However, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. It seems that Flavio takes after his father’s anti-gay policies and has said on the record “normal is to be heterosexual” and “I doubt that any father is proud to have a gay son.”
Bolsonaro has also said some offensive things including that Congresswoman Maria do Rosario was “not worth raping; she is very ugly” and using racist slurs against Afro-Brazilians.
Flavo twitted after his father was stabbed: “Unfortunately it was more serious than we had expected. He lost a lot of blood, arrived at the hospital with a [blood] pressure of 10/3, almost dead. His condition now seems stabilized. Pray, please!”
A few hours later, he posted an update on his father’s condition, along with a picture of him smiling in his hospital bed: “Jair Bolsonaro is stronger than ever and ready to be elected president of Brazil in the first round! God has just given us one more sign that good will overcome evil! Thank you to all who have given us strength in this very difficult time! Brazil above all, God above all!”
The politician is recovering in intensive care and is expected to spend about a week there. Adelo Bispo de Oliveira the man suspected of stabbing him has been arrested after being beaten by a group of Bolsonaro’s supporters.
The Human Rights Watch condemned the attack.
“Political or ideological differences should only be resolved through democratic processes, and never through violence,” the watchdog group said in a statement. “The Brazilian authorities should carry out a prompt, impartial and thorough investigation into this crime, and ensure that justice is served.”