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How the US stepped up its rhetoric around Brazilian elections

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“We will continue to follow the [Brazilian] elections with the full expectation that they will be conducted in a free, fair, transparent, and credible manner with all relevant institutions operating in accordance with the constitutional rule,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Tuesday.

This is just the latest statement by US officials in the way of placing trust in Brazil’s electoral system, which has for more than four years been under attack by none other than the country’s president, Jair Bolsonaro. Trailing in the polls, Mr. Bolsonaro has tried to muddy the waters and set the stage for…

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