Trump and the feminine appeal of macho populism

U President Donald Trump.

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What you need to know:

  • Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro rode to power on a wave of populist anger and has sparked controversy for his public remarks about women; he once told a female member of Congress he wouldn’t rape her because she “didn’t deserve it.”
  • That rhetoric hasn’t deterred Goulart or the millions of women around the world who revere leaders like Trump and Bolsonaro despite their hostility toward women.
  • While Trump’s defeat may have dealt a blow to his brand of “macho populism”—the phenomenon isn’t going away any time soon.

Miriam Goulart was crestfallen when President Donald Trump lost the election.


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