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He's called black activists "animals," said he'd rather that his son die than bring home a male lover and told one political opponent he would never rape her because she was "too ugly."

Jair Bolsonaro is also Brazil's new president after capitalizing on fatigue with corruption and crime to ride a populist wave in last year's election. Vowing to eliminate socialism and political correctness, Bolsonaro has often drawn comparisons to U.S. President Donald Trump.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at Brazil's polarizing new leader and the currents that swept him to power in Latin America's largest country.


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If you think the investigation into possible collusion with Russia by the Trump campaign has been a blow to the U.S. political system, consider Brazil. 

There, President Michel Temer and every single living ex-president have been caught up in a massive anti-corruption investigation. Others who are being investigated or have already been charged include one-third of Temer's cabinet , the president of the senate, the speaker of the lower house and dozens of other members of congress. 

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the corruption investigations that have upended Brazilian politics. What does it mean for democracy in Latin America’s largest country?