Trump & Trump of the Tropics: Maliciousness towards minorities and misogyny are a limited bond

Donald Trump has just met (on March 19) the so-called ‘Trump of the Tropics’, Brazil’s relatively new president Jair Bolsonaro.

The whole thing was watched carefully, as a meeting of minds between two men with a taste for incendiary tweets, nationalist rhetoric and reactionary policies on crime and social issues.

They also share a loathing of Nicolás Maduro’s regime in Venezuela, and a new visa regime — no requirements for American tourists to Brazil — was announced.

In real terms, that’s where it’s at.

Trump’s America isn’t going to do a great deal to boost economic relations with Brazil (bilateral trade is just $100bn a year, a sixth of that between America and Mexico).

Clearly, anti-globalism, a malicious attitude towards minorities and misogyny serve as no more than a limited bond.

Originally published at on March 20, 2019.

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