Bolsonaro right-wing ally who dismissed pandemic dies of COVID

Bolsonaro right-wing ally who dismissed pandemic dies of COVID
President Donald J. Trump participates in a bilateral meeting with the President of the Federative Republic of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro at the G20 Japan Summit Friday, June 28, 2019, in Osaka, Japan. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

A right-wing ally of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro who is known for spreading misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic has died following complications of the virus. According to The Guardian, Olavo de Carvalho's death was confirmed by his oldest daughter, Heloisa de Carvalho.

Speaking to the Brazilian publication VEJA, Heloisa criticized her father's misinformation and denial of the coronavirus pandemic to the delays in vaccine purchases. “The delay in purchasing vaccines is largely due to him, to the denialist ideas he has always defended and to the fake news he has spread”, Heloisa told VEJA. “I lost a lot of friends. He's got blood on his hands, but I don't celebrate his death. I just feel relieved.”

While the reports have not offered a direct cause of death, his daughter did confirm it was COVID-related. On Tuesday, January 25, Heloisa tweeted about her father's death.

"The day Olavo posted that he didn't have a death from COVID, I lost a dear friend, who was a widow and left 3 children under the age of 10 orphans. Olavo died of COVID, there's no way I can feel great sadness for his death, but I'm not happy either. Being honest with myself and my feelings," she wrote.

Carvalho's death comes follows a previous interview he conducted with Americas Quarterly editor-in-chief, Brian Winter. Following that interview, Winter insisted that Bolsonaro's ally rendered “a kind of tropicalized Fox News culture focused on gender, guns and anti-globalism.”

Winter recalled first learning of Carvalho when his name appeared on an advertisement that read, "Olavo was right."

“He and Bolsonaro were products of the titanic trauma that Brazil endured during the 2010s: the worst recession in a hundred years, the collapse of the political establishment, corruption scandals everywhere you looked, 70,000 homicides a year," Winter said. "Out of this despair, he and Bolsonaro happened to emerge as the winners because they sounded so radically different from anything that happened before. That was their appeal.”

However, that political allure appears to be waning.

“Part of the struggle Bolsonaro is having now is that he’s still going around talking about gun rights and gender and these other Olavista ideas in a Brazil where people just want solutions to the pandemic, hunger and unemployment," Winter said.

He added, “Bolsonaro is playing the Olavista oldies and most Brazilians want to be hearing something else.”


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