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How Venezuela, Argentina became campaign props for Bolsonaro

The weeks between the first and second rounds of an election are usually the moment for simple campaign messaging. Attacking the perceived weakest points of your rival is perhaps the most obvious route for party communications teams.

For Jair Bolsonaro’s campaign in Brazil, taking aim at left-wing governments in Latin America has long been one of his go-to lines of attack, part of a broader bid to associate his rival Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva with more radical governments. And after the first round results were in, Brazil’s president wasted no time in doubling down on that approach.

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