Of Course Leftists Embrace Brazil’s Budding Autocracy

Article originally appeared on thefederalist.com.

“Why is Washington so silent about Brazil’s decline into tyranny and full-scale government censorship?” Aaron Kheriaty asks.

I’m not sure why D.C. is silent. I do know that the American left, which includes the media, has, to one degree or another, been whitewashing leftist authoritarianism since Walter Duranty.

Just recall the recent coverage of Argentinian President Javier Milei — who is about as removed from being an authoritarian as ideologically possible. A “right-wing populist,” a “far-right outsider,” a “far-right populist,” on the “far-right,” a “rightist,” a “far-right libertarian,” and a “radical” were how he was described.

When the corrupt, far-leftist Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva — who Milei once fittingly described as an “angry communist” — won back the presidency in Brazil last year, the media gave us headlines like, “Lula beats far-right President Bolsonaro to win Brazil election,” and “Brazil’s Lula sworn in, vows accountability and rebuilding,” and “Lula wins Brazil …

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