'We have many views that are similar': Trump shamelessly embraces the bigoted and anti-LGBT Brazilian president

'We have many views that are similar': Trump shamelessly embraces the bigoted and anti-LGBT Brazilian president
PBS NewsHour

President Donald Trump is hosting Brazil's far right wing extremist President Jair Bolsonaro. In a joint press event aired live from the Rose Garden in the White House Bolsonaro announced he supports the American President's fight against same-sex marriage, transgender people, and fake news.

"May I say that Brazil and the United States stand side by side in their efforts to ensure liberties, and respect to traditional family lifestyles, respect to God our creator, against the gender ideology or politically correct attitudes, and against fake news," President Bolsonaro told reporters.

He clearly appeared to be referring to same-sex marriage and the President's recently-enacted ban on transgender troops in the U.S. Armed Forces.

The Washington Blade's Chris Johnson:

Minutes earlier President Trump had enthusiastically welcomed the Brazilian leader, saying he was "very thrilled" to welcome Bolsonaro.

"We have many views that are similar," Trump added.

At the end of the press event President Trump walked over to President Bolsonaro and shook his hand. Not once did he challenge the claim that they are both fighting against basic civil rights for LGBT people.

Earlier today GLAAD noted that "Jair Bolsonaro has a long record of condoning violence against LGBTQ people, and even said that he would rather have a son who is dead than a son who is gay."

"He removed LGBTQ rights from human rights ministry considerations just HOURS after his inauguration," GLAAD added.


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