Fox News anchor touts Brazil's Bolsonaro as a bulwark against socialists in Mexico and Venezuela
Bolsonaro has repeatedly embraced authoritarianism, and he has a history of espousing misogynistic, racist, anti-LGBTQ, and other extremist rhetoric
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From the March 19 edition of Fox News' Outnumbered Overtime:
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HARRIS FAULKNER (HOST): The president also talked about trying to get Brazil -- or at least supporting the idea -- of getting them into NATO.
MARTHA MACCALLUM (FOX ANCHOR): Yeah, that would sort of be a non-NATO NATO member. I mean, the actual status of how that would work is a little bit still to be worked out. But I think it's a sign that they want to have some sort of economic/military transaction, as I've said, and buying potential U.S. weapons for Brazil. So that's going to be something that the president would love to walk out of this meeting with, with sort of a contract deal for American defense going to Brazil. And I think that it shows that they want to have a strong military alliance, as well as a strong economic alliance.
FAULKNER: Right. And it would be a juxtaposition to some of the things that we've seen the president working on recently, the North Korean summit with Kim Jong-Un. And as well, to some degree, the China trade talks, although that's said to be going pretty well. We don't know yet until a deal is inked.
MACCALLUM: Exactly. And that's a big factor here. You know, when you look at places like South America and Africa, China and Russia have really maneuvered themselves to try to play big roles in some of these countries. And this is a symbol that the President of the United States, when you've got the situation in Venezuela, new leadership that leans much more socialist in Mexico, this is -- this would be a good, sort of, stake in the ground, relationship, to have in South America with the countries -- I think it's the largest economy in South America. So that would be very important.