The article compares the political aftermath of the elections in the United States and Brazil. Both former presidents, Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro, claimed that the elections were rigged after losing. However, the consequences they faced were different. Trump remains influential in the American right, with a wide lead in the polls and the potential to run for president again. Bolsonaro, on the other hand, has faced swift blowback, including criminal investigations and being blocked from political office for the rest of the decade. This difference can be attributed to the political and governing structures of the two countries. The US system places Trump’s fate in the hands of voters and the justice system, while Brazil’s courts have been proactive in snuffing out threats to democracy. Brazil’s centralized electoral system also allowed for a quicker resolution to the election results compared to the US. However, it carries the risk of abuse and overreach. Regardless, both countries have experienced political turmoil and attempts to overturn election results, but Brazil’s system may provide insights on how to combat anti-democratic threats.
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