Controversial Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Signaled That He Might Have Skin Cancer
Jair Bolsonaro, the president of Brazil, made worldwide headlines this year and not so much for his politics, but because of his stubborn views on climate change. His perspective and words could have severe global ramifications. It all started this fall when the world was in awe over the massive fires in the Amazon Rainforest. Everyone seemed to be up in arms, except for Bolsonaro, who said they didn’t have enough resources to put the flames out. Bolsonaro seems to be facing a new kind of problem, but this time it’s personal.
The president of Brazil announced that he might have skin cancer, but his office is saying something different.
According to Reuters, Jair Bolsonaro said that doctors removed a mole from his ear. Later, his office told the publication that there wasn’t any concern in regards to his cancer probability.
“The president is in good health, without any indication of skin cancer, and is keeping his appointments for this week,” his office said in a statement.
Those two statements are somewhat confusing, primarily because the publication also reports that Bolsonaro initially canceled a visit to Salvador because he was suffering from exhaustion. However, his office later said that he did make his appointments. Who can we believe?
The president didn’t elaborate further about his health, but to be honest, he has more serious concerns that he should be worried about. His announcement about cancer could be a way to distract the media and the public.
As we mentioned earlier, Bolsonaro has been under fire over his handling of the Amazon rainforest blaze. He’s also in a feud with actor Leo DiCaprio. The Hollywood A-Lister donated funds this fall in response to the Amazon fires to a nongovernmental organization (NGOs). Still, Bolsonaro said that DiCaprio’s contribution actually went toward the people who started the fires in the first place.
“The NGO people, what did they do? What’s easier? Set fire to the bush,” Bolsonaro said, according to CNN. “Take photo, film, send it to an NGO, the NGO spreads it out, does a campaign against Brazil, gets in touch with Leonardo DiCaprio, and Leonardo DiCaprio donates $500,000 to this NGO. One part went to the people who were setting the fire, right?” He added, “Leonardo DiCaprio, you are assisting with the burning of the Amazon, that can’t be.”
Yet the president hasn’t provided any proof to back up his allegations. If that weren’t enough, officials are also investigating people on his staff.
There’s an investigation underway that involves Bolsonaro’s associates, one of them being his son. Just this week, investigators raided their homes and confiscated some of their belongings in connection with possible corruption.
According to several reports, Bolsonaro’s son, Flávio, who is also a Senator and his ex-wife, along with another associate, had their homes raided as investigators inquire about a very serious and illegal operation that involves fraud and money laundering.
One of those involved in the allegations is Fabrício Queiroz, a good friend of Bolsonaro, who also worked for him as his security chief and aide. Some people are speculating that the raids, which have been part of an investigation for quite some time, occurred too late. They’re saying that Bolsonaro’s family members and friend had plenty of time to get rid of implicating evidence. Others, however, especially critics of Bolsonaro, welcome this part of the investigation and want Queiroz to spill the beans.
Guilherme Boulos, a well-known leftist leader in Argentina, tweeted, “With a 1-year delay, MP performs an operation against Queiroz. He had complained about recent audio of being abandoned. If Queiroz speaks what he knows about the Bolsonaro family, he can overthrow the government.”
If Queiroz goes against Bolsonaro and, as a result, brings down his administration, well, Bolsonaro will have more on his plate than he can handle. While Bolsonaro or his office did not comment about the raids that took place his week, the attorney representing Bolsonaro’s son said, according to The Guardian, “yet another attempt to destabilize Jair’s government.”
While hope Bolsonaro doesn’t have skin cancer, that worry will be the least of his issues now that investigators are looking into people in his circle and in his family.