o/p mentions thw UK, where I live, and I pretty much guarantee that everything you've heard is BS. Swing to the right? Antisemitism institutionalised in our largest political party? Huge spike in racial crime? Sorry, just not true.
I don't know how things are in Brazil but when the views of the media are out of step with voting results they turn to scare stories to try to engage the fears of voters who sympathise with their standpoint. Of the 62% in his town who voted for this guy, how many are violent thugs and how many are just ordinary people looking for a change? The sky hasn't exactly fallen with Trump as president of the US: like him or loathe him, life goes on. Yet a lot of people acted like he'd be coming for their daughters & wives.
Follow the news less ... you’ll be happier and no more ignorant.
The whole first posting and the typical labels ("racist, homophobic, sexist") that are nowadays being used by the media to discredit people suggests that the OP has been exposed to heavy media propaganda.
A user here posted some quotes right from Bolsonaro, he has also appeared on various interviews spewing this stuff. At this point, I find it really hard to blame all of this on a mass media conspiracy when its all coming out of his mouth. Based on the things he has said, such as if he sees two gay people kissing on the street he would beat them up, as a gay individual I certainly would not want him or someone like him in charge. Thankfully I don't live in Brazil, but I know the anxiety the groups being targeted by Bolsonaro and it makes me sad that they have to go through that, and at the same time I also feel sad for those that have been put in such a horrible social/economic position by the current situation in Brazil where they look at this man as an answer to their woes.
I know to some people what these types of politicians say is not consequential because they rationalize that they would not actually act this way once elected (which may be true, but I would rather take people at their words) and that the people being targeted simply do not have thick enough skin. However, when you are actually being targeted by these people (even through rhetoric), knowing the extent of where human cruelty may lead, it can make you at the very least feel anxious about your safety.
Last edited by nemo37 - on 10 October 2018