President Jair Bolsonaro (no party) returned to make threats to the ministers of the Supreme Federal Court (STF) this Friday (3).
During an event with supporters in the municipality of Tanhaçu (BA), the head of the Executive said that the protests scheduled for September 7 would be an “ultimatum” for two magistrates of the Court.
“We don’t criticize institutions or powers. We are punctual. We cannot admit that one or two people, using the force of power, want to give another direction to our country. These one or two people have to understand their place. And your message, Brazilian people, on the streets next Tuesday, the 7th, will be an ultimatum for these two people”, he said.
“They bow to the Constitution. Respect our freedom. Understand that you two are on the wrong path because there is always time to redeem yourself”, added the president, without naming names.
The declaration is interpreted as a reference to ministers Alexandre de Moraes and Luís Roberto Barroso, with whom Bolsonaro has been living hard clashes.
The first is the conductor of the fake news inquiry, an investigation into which the former captain was included in early August for attacks on electronic voting machines. Barroso, on the other hand, is the current president of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), with which the head of the Executive has also fought a dispute over the printed voting agenda, already defeated, in a vote in the Chamber of Deputies.
The former captain insists on the issue as it inflames the institutional crisis between the executive and judiciary branches. Pragmatically, Bolsonaro cannot give an “ultimatum” to magistrates of the Court. The only way for one of the STF members to leave office, other than through retirement, is through an impeachment.
This path has already been politically denied by the Senate when, on the 25th, President Rodrigo Pacheco (DEM-MG) blocked the impeachment request against Moraes that had been presented personally by Bolsonaro.
Despite this, the Chief Executive continues to encourage the dispute. During the event in Bahia this Friday, even though he says he intends to follow the constitutional text, he once again threatened to violate it.
“We do not need to go outside the four lines of the Constitution. But if someone wants to play outside the four lines, we will show that we can also assert the will and strength of these people,” he said, in indirect reference to the ministers.
Bolsonaro’s new coup statements come in the context in which the extremist leader encourages the conservative population to take to the streets on the September 7 holiday to support banners he encourages, such as the closing of the National Congress and the STF.
Edition: Leandro Melito