Brazil’s ‘proud homophobe’ Jair Bolsonaro just tested positive for coronavirus after dinner with Donald Trump
The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus, despite calling the pandemic a “fantasy” a week ago.
Bolsonaro has previously called himself a “proud homophobe” and has said he would rather have dead son than a gay one.
He was tested for COVID-19 yesterday, which last week he called a “fantasy”, after his press secretary, Fabio Wajngarten, tested positive.
Now, a major Rio de Janeiro newspaper has confirmed that the homophobic Brazilian president has also tested positive. He is reportedly waiting for the results of a second test to double-check his diagnosis.
Major Rio de Janeiro newspaper reporting that president Jair Bolsonaro’s first test has come back positive for coronavirus https://t.co/f7yTVDtwDG
— Tom Phillips (@tomphillipsin) March 13, 2020
According to Reuters, Bolsonaro said in Miami during a US visit: “During the past year, obviously, we have had moments of crisis. A lot of that is fantasy. And coronavirus, which is not all the mainstream media makes it out to be.”
This could be very bad news for another anti-LGBT+ world leader; on Saturday, March 7, Bolsonaro and Wajngarten spent many hours sitting right next to US president Donald Trump, for a dinner at his at Mar-a-Lago resort.
Bolsonaro's press minister Fabio Wajngarten who was just with Trump over the weekend at Mar a Lago has tested positive for coronavirus pic.twitter.com/KxdzBjbxlF
— Olga Lautman (@olgaNYC1211) March 12, 2020
More anti-LGBT+ political figures from both Brazil and the US also attended the dinner, including US vice president Mike Pence, and Bolsonaro’s son Eduardo. We can assume that there was a lot of hand shaking.
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But Trump does not appear to be taking the direct contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 too seriously, despite being well over the age of 60.
Last year, the political opposition in Brazil said that Bolsonaro’s “macho ideas” are responsible for promoting violence against LGBT+ people and women in the country.
The Brazilian president also said last year: “Brazil can’t be a country of the gay world, of gay tourism. We have families.”