A far-right populist candidate won the most votes in the first round of Brazil’s presidential election on 7 October. Jair Bolsonaro of the ‘Social Liberal Party’ (PSL) received 46% of ballots cast.
No first-round winner
According to Brazil’s electoral system, a candidate must win over 50% of the vote to become president in the first round. Therefore, Bolsonaro must face his nearest rival, Fernando Haddad, in a second round of voting. This will take place on 28 October.
On 3 October, The Canary reported on a New York Times article that exposed some embarrassing secrets about President Trump’s financial history. The investigation revealed that Trump’s claim of being a ‘self-made man’ is very questionable, given that he allegedly received hundreds of millions of dollars from his family.
It also provided evidence that a huge inheritance was made possible through shady tax-dodging manoeuvres, some of which may have been illegal. And it discussed how the Trump family fortune was made possible in large part through federal government spending.
US President Donald Trump has worked obsessively to cultivate an image of himself as a ‘self-made man’. But one of the country’s most prestigious newspapers has now brought this narrative into serious doubt.
Reaping riches since the age of three
On 2 October, the New York Times published a ‘Special Investigation’ article titled Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father. The article details how, far from having amassed his (allegedly) huge fortune entirely from his own hard work, Trump actually inherited hundreds of millions of dollars from his father, beginning at age 3.