From the presidential palace to KFC: Jair Bolsonaro's new life in the United States

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From the presidential palace to KFC: Jair Bolsonaro's new life in the United States

Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro speaks at an event hosted by Turning Point USA at the Trump National Doral Miami Resort in Doral, Florida.

He led the most powerful power economy of Latin America and its 214 million inhabitants. Now ex-Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro lives in a residential area near Disney World, Florida, and eats alone at a fast food chain.

The former far-right leader fled to the United States in late December, days before his supporters, unhappy with his left-wing rival Lula's victory in the presidential election of October, invade and vandalize the Presidential Palace, Congress and the Supreme Court of Brazil.

Scenes reminiscent of the storming of the Capitol in Washington in January 2021 by supporters of Donald Trump protesting against the certification of the victory of his Democratic opponent Joe Biden.

While he condemned the violence in Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro is being investigated by his country's Supreme Court to determine his role in the assault on national institutions in Brasilia, the January 8.

Used to the luxurious Brazilian presidential palace, the Trump of the Tropics as he is sometimes nicknamed, now lives in a small house that belongs to the Brazilian veteran of #x27;martial arts José Aldo.

Mr. Bolsonaro kept a low profile during his first weeks in Florida, his only known activities consisting of a trip to the supermarket and another to eat fried chicken alone at a KFC restaurant.

But the former leader stepped out of his reserve this week, delivering two speeches within days of each other.

On Friday, Brazil's former strongman who moved crowds spoke in Doral north of Miami in front of some 400 people at an event organized by the American conservative association Turning Point USA , in a luxury hotel of ex-president Donald Trump, an ally and model of Bolsonaro when he was in power.

He doesn' #x27;there is no greater satisfaction than that of duty accomplished, said the former president in reference to his mandate (2019-2023) in a speech to the tunes of meetingelectoral, addressing a conquered public who was on his thirty-one and in the colors of Brazil.

Tuesday, Jair Bolsonaro spoke in a restaurant d& #x27;a mall at a reception hosted by the Brazilian community in Florida, where he continued to question the result of the October ballot.

“A lot of people are still shaken by what happened in the election… But we will face this moment and, God willing, we will overcome together.

— Jair Bolsonaro, ex-president of Brazil

The ex-president considers himself more popular than ever.

On both occasions, Bolsonaro was warmly welcomed by his most loyal supporters, who took photos with him and cheered him on.

But the future of the former Brazilian leader remains uncertain. After assuring the press that he intended to return to Brazil at the end of January, Mr. Bolsonaro applied for a six-month visa to remain in the United States.

“J& #x27;m 67 years old and I intend to remain active in Brazilian politics.

— Jair Bolsonaro last Tuesday in Orlando Florida

Whether he will continue to do so remains to be seen low profile as when he arrived in Florida, or giving speeches in his host country which he paid tribute to on Friday.

I have always been a great admirer of the American people. His freedoms, his patriotism and his love of the flag, he underlined.