“I’d vote Biden,” Trump stated as he contemplated Tuesday’s era-shaping election.
Not the actual Donald Trump, after all, however his South American namesake – a 49-year-old politician from Brazil’s Amazon who’s operating for workplace utilizing the title of a US president he reviles.
Miguel Simões Leal stated he had adopted the alias “Trump” for his marketing campaign to turn into a metropolis councillor due to a bodily resemblance to the rightwing populist.
“I’m a bit chubby, 100kg or so. I look a bit like him – though my hair’s actual,” defined the yellow-maned politician from the northern metropolis of Macapá.
However Leal – whose gambit is a part of a time-honored Brazilian custom designed to attract in votes – stated the similarities ended there.
“He’s an egotistical man. The issues he says, the way in which he acts, that absolute imperialism,” he stated of the true Trump.
“I don’t preach the identical faith,” Leal insisted. “I’m the Good Trump … I don’t like nastiness, I like peace.”
Leal isn’t the one one hoping an affiliation with the US chief will increase their possibilities in Brazil’s 15 November municipal elections.
In São Paulo the candidate Ronaldo Oliveira has registered beneath the nickname “Ronald Trump”.
Additional south in Santa Catarina one other contender is utilizing the moniker “Donald Trump Bolsonaro” – a double tribute to the US president and his far-right Brazilian counterpart and fan Jair Bolsonaro.
João Sá Teles Santana instructed the Folha de São Paulo he was a “conservative patriot” with an ideological affinity to each. However nabbing their names was largely a PR technique. “I need free publicity,” the 59-year-old admitted.
Within the southern metropolis of Lages, one would-be councillor is operating beneath the title of considered one of Trump’s Republican predecessors, though Juliano Nixon insisted that was in actual fact his precise title.
“My mum instructed me he got here to Brazil as soon as and he or she thought it was a phenomenal title,” stated the 28-year-old candidate for the Socialism and Liberty social gathering.
Brazil’s Nixon, knowledgeable referee and dedicated leftist, stated it was his “life mission” to reclaim and redeem the title he owed to the disgraced Republican.
“My goal is to do the precise reverse of every part the earlier Nixon did. If he did it this manner, I’ll do one thing completely different,” stated Nixon, who helps Black Lives Matter and helped arrange the primary LGBT delight day in his profoundly conservative house city, the place almost 75% of voters backed Bolsonaro within the 2018 election.
In Macapá, 4 of Leal’s rivals – Lincoln, Jeferson [sic], Teddy and Washington – have names with a presidential ring, underlining Brazil’s curious fondness for honouring US leaders with its children. A fifth known as Mandela was pressured to withdraw.
Leal earned his nickname when he moved to the Amazon earlier than Trump’s 2016 election and acquaintances noticed a likeliness to the US’s corpulent chief: “Everybody began calling me Trump, Trump, Trump – and Trump caught.”
He dodged political labels however stated he was sad with Brazil’s rightwing chief and criticised Bolsonaro’s dealing with of a pandemic that has killed almost 160,000 Brazilians.
“I voted Bolsonaro … however, let’s be frank, he’s actually buggered issues up. He’s tripping himself up together with his personal legs,” Leal stated.
Nixon stated he would additionally vote Biden if he might.
“Trump makes me afraid – for our world, for our future … and he was the man who ushered in Bolsonaro.
“They share the identical philosophy and this sick ideology,” added the Brazilian socialist, who hoped each would quickly be out of workplace. “If Trump falls, Bolsonaro will go down with him, and not using a shadow of a doubt.”