On October 18, 2018, the twitter hashtag #caixa2doBolsonaro (Bolsonaro’s Slush Fund)reached the number one trending topic worldwide.
The hashtag became a trending topic because of an article published in Folha de São Paulo, a Brazilian daily newspaper founded in 1921 (Wikipedia) the title of which in Portuguese was “Empresários bancam campanha contra o PT pelo WhatsApp” (Folha de São Paulo) and was translated by The Guardian as Bolsonaro’s business backers accused of illegal Whatsapp fake news campaign(The Guardian).
Similar articles were published in multiple sources:
- Brazil: Bolsonaro’s Allies Using WhatsApp To Spread Fake News (Inquisitr)
- Jair Bolsonaro accused of creating ‘criminal network’ to spread fake news in Brazil election (The Telegraph)
- Brazil front-runner accused of illegal campaign practices (The Daily Mail)
In the article, as reported by Folha de São Paulo, during the 2018 Brazilian presidential election campaign, businesses have been spending US$3,000,000.00 (three million dollars), or R$12.000.000,00 (twelve million Brazilian Reais), on WhatsApp to spread negative news about the workers party. Brazilian legislation does not allow private financing of electioneering during the campaign. Bolsonaro has also been accused of being linked to Steve Bannon, as highlighted in the Guardian’s article: Rival’s advert plays up Jair Bolsonaro’s links with Steve Bannon (The Guardian).
Bolsonaro has also been linked to an increasing number of violent assaults related to his presidential race:
- Brazil’s Bitter Presidential Race Leads to Scores of Assaults (The New York Times)
- Political violence surges in Brazil as far-right strongman Jair Bolsonaro inches closer to presidency (The Intercept)
- Brazil front runner Bolsonaro ‘fomenting violence’ (The Australian)
- Jair Bolsonaro wants Brazilian cops to kill more. So why are victims of police violence voting for him? (The Intercept)
- ‘Flowering of hate’: bitter election brings wave of political violence to Brazil (The Guardian)
Stabbed during a rally on September 6, Jair Bolsonaro also had to deal with the backlash after one of the voters for an opponent was stabbed to death. Opponent of Brazilian Presidential Candidate Jair Bolsonaro stabbed (WikiTribune).