Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was checked into a hospital due to complications he is undergoing after an assassin attempted to stab him to death in 2018.
Bolsonaro’s wife posted online that the former Brazilian head of state went to a hospital in Orlando, Flordia Monday, CNN reports. The couple has reportedly been staying in the state of Florida since departing Brazil at the conclusion of 2022.
This does not mark the first time Bolsanaro has entered a hospital due to issues stemming from his injuries; the attack occurred when Bolsonaro was seeking the presidency.
Bolsonaro recently lose a close election to socialist Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva. While he has reportedly refused to contest the outcome, many supporters of the former president seemed to have other thoughts, with many storming the Brazillian Congress and Supreme Court this past weekend.
JUST IN: more footage of Bolsonaro supporters storming Brazil's Supreme Court.
Several government buildings are invaded 🚨🚨🚨
— Wall Street Silver (@WallStreetSilv) January 8, 2023
URGENTE: Invasores quebram vidraças da chapelaria do Congresso e invadem a Câmara dos Deputados. Extremistas já estão no Salão Verde e nos anexos do prédio. Também houve invasão ao Palácio do Planalto. Presidente Lula não está no local. pic.twitter.com/lP91pLqTuf
— Renato Souza (@reporterenato) January 8, 2023
Despite Bolsonaro’s condemnation of the riots occurring in Brazil, numerous Democrats have urged the Biden administration to oust him from the United States in wake of the news.
“Nearly 2 years to the day the US Capitol was attacked by fascists, we see fascist movements abroad attempt to do the same in Brazil,” New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez posted Sunday. “The US must cease granting refuge to Bolsonaro in Florida.”
Nearly 2 years to the day the US Capitol was attacked by fascists, we see fascist movements abroad attempt to do the same in Brazil.
We must stand in solidarity with @LulaOficial’s democratically elected government. 🇧🇷
The US must cease granting refuge to Bolsonaro in Florida. https://t.co/rzsZl9jwZY
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 8, 2023
Meanwhile, fellow far-leftist Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) said, “Two years ago our Capitol was attacked by fanatics, now we are watching it happen in Brazil… Bolsonaro should not be given refuge in Florida.”
Texas Democrat Rep. Joaquin Castro joined the two infamous members of the ‘squad,’ posting that he stands with Lula while seemingly referring to Bolsonaro as a domestic terrorist or fascist.
I stand with @LulaOficial and Brazil’s democratically elected government. Domestic terrorists and fascists cannot be allowed to use Trump’s playbook to undermine democracy.
Bolsonaro must not be given refuge in Florida, where he’s been hiding from accountability for his crimes. https://t.co/ywOCTMgRxM
— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) January 8, 2023
A reported total of over 1,000 people in Brazil have been detained following the unrest seen after Lula’s election.
Lula described the rioters as “fascists,” according to NBC News.
“Whoever did this will be found and punished. Democracy guarantees the right to free expression, but it also requires people to respect institutions,” posted Lula. “There is no precedent in the history of the country what they did today. For that they must be punished.”
He also said the unrest is the fault of Bolsonaro, posting on Twitter Sunday, “this is also his responsibility and the parties that supported him.”