'Declaring not just sympathy but outright admiration for a fascist who has threatened violence against his leftist political opponents, celebrated the use of torture, and promised to give the police free rein to murder at will, U.S. national security adviser John Bolton on Thursday praised Brazil's newly elected strongman President Jair Bolsonaro as a "like-minded" partner who shares the Trump administration's commitment to so-called "free market principles."
"The recent elections of like-minded leaders in key countries, including Ivan Duque in Colombia, and last weekend Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, are positive signs for the future of the region, and demonstrate a growing regional commitment to free-market principles, and open, transparent, and accountable governance," Bolton said during a speech at Miami-Dade College.
"[T]oday, in this hemisphere, we are also confronted once again with the destructive forces of oppression, socialism, totalitarianism," Bolton added.
But Bolton went on to proclaim that with the rise of Bolsonaro, "the Troika of Tyranny in this hemisphere—Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua—has finally met its match," coining a phrase that immediately drew comparisons to former President George W. Bush's infamous "Axis of Evil" line, which was used repeatedly to justify America's disastrous invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Vox's Alex Ward described Bolton's remarks as a "modern-day 'Axis of Evil' speech."'
Read more: Praising Openly Fascist Bolsonaro as 'Like-Minded,' John Bolton Hails Brazilian Strongman as Welcome Ally in Crushing Latin American Left
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