Brazil's "Trump of the Tropics" President Jair Bolsonaro claims there was "a lot of fraud" in the US election and will "wait a little longer" before recognizing Biden's victory
- Bolsonaro suggested to reporters that questions arise during the vote
- "I have my sources of information … there was really a lot of fraud there," he said
- He also questioned the integrity of the Brazilian electoral system, saying it was vulnerable
- Bolsonaro spoke in the local elections in Rio de Janeiro
- Came to us after Trump claimed on Fox News that the election was rigged
- Trump also suggested that the FBI was "MIA" and helped "manipulate" the vote
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has sometimes adopted the "Trump of the Tropics" label, said on Sunday that he would wait a little longer to recognize Joe Biden's US election victory.
He spoke to reporters while casting a vote at municipal races and also reiterated President Donald Trump's allegations about irregularities in the U.S. vote.
"I have my sources of information that there was really a lot of fraud there," he said. & # 39; Nobody talks about it. I don't know if it was enough to define (victory) for one or the other. & # 39;
When asked if he would recognize Biden's victory, he said: "I'm holding back a little more."
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has sometimes adopted the "Trump of the Tropics" label, said on Sunday that he would wait a little longer to recognize Joe Biden's US election victory
He also expressed doubts about Brazil's current electronic voting system, which he believes is vulnerable to fraud.
He has urged the country to return to a paper voting system for the 2022 presidential election.
The conservative Brazilian leader has appealed to the same right-wing populist base in Brazil that courted Trump in the US and welcomed settlements with the US president.
Like Trump, he has taken unproven treatments for COVID-19 and campaigned to relax restrictions on fighting COVID-19, arguing the economic loss is more damaging than the disease itself.
His comments came hours after Trump's first television interview since the election with Maria Bartiromo on Fox News.
During his telephone interview on Sunday morning, he accused the FBI and the Justice Department of conspiring to "rig" the election for Joe Biden.
"This is total scam and how – the FBI and the Justice Department, I don't know, maybe they're involved – but how people get away with this stuff is incredible," Trump told Fox News, "Maria Bartiromo in his first interview since election day.
"This election was rigged," he told the host of Sunday Morning Futures.
He spoke to reporters while casting a vote at municipal races and also reiterated President Donald Trump's allegations about irregularities in the U.S. vote
Trump responded to the election results in the more than 45-minute interview in which most of his replies took several minutes and repeated claims he had already made on Twitter over the past few weeks.
The President claimed during the interview, without evidence, that even "most Democrats" believe that "electoral fraud" led to Biden's victory.
The president also told Bartiromo that there was no way Biden got more votes than Barack Obama in his two presidential elections.
He also said the US will never elect another Republican president, senator, or representative if it allows Democrats to "steal" Biden's election. Trump suggested that Democrats now know how to effectively "cheat" the system and that their candidates will win from now on.
"If the Republicans let that happen, you will never elect any other Republican in the history of this country, whether at the Senate level or at the presidential level … or at the house level," Trump said, referring to the GOP, which accepted the election results.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro greets supporters after voting during the runoff elections in Rio de Janeiro
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