August 27, 2019
I think it’s very sweet of Macron to take his grandmother out with him to international meetings and stuff, as the norm is to just forget about the old timers and let them rot, but by doing that, he turned her into a public figure — and consequently, a target.
If he didn’t want Bolsonaro to make fun of her, he shouldn’t have questioned Brazil’s sovereignty over some trees burning.
Emmanuel Macron has blasted ‘extraordinarily rude’ Brazil leader Jair Bolsonaro for insulting his wife and appearing to criticise her looks as their feud over the Amazon fires got personal today.
Bolsonaro endorsed a sexist Facebook post about France’s 66-year-old first lady Brigitte Macron yesterday, the latest chapter in an escalating war of words between him and his French counterpart.
French President Macron, 41, had called for emergency talks by G7 nations on the fires destroying chunks of the Amazon rainforest, piling pressure on Bolsonaro, who in turn accused him of having a ‘colonialist mentality’.
A Bolsonaro supporter yesterday posted a meme mocking the appearance of Mrs Macron and compared her unfavourably with Brazil’s 37-year-old first lady Michelle Bolsonaro.
It had the tagline: ‘Now you understand why Macron is persecuting Bolsonaro?’
The far-right Brazilian leader, 64, replied: ‘Do not humiliate the guy, ha ha,’ referring to Mr Macron.
Asked whether the response on social media came from Bolsonaro himself, a spokesman for Brazil’s presidential palace refused to comment.
But the French Prime Minister hit back today, saying: ‘He said very disrespectful things about my wife, I have great respect for the Brazilian people and can only hope they soon have a president who is up to the job.’
Hard to tell if Macron’s ominous tone is worse than what these media outlets do by referring to his grandmother as his wife, implying that he has some kind of mommy issues or Oedipus complex when he’s just a kind man bringing some joy to the lonely life of his loving grandmother.
Mr Macron added at the press conference in France: ‘I think Brazilian women will probably be ashamed to read that from their president.
‘I think that Brazilians, who are a great people, will probably be ashamed to see this behaviour.
‘And as I feel friendship and respect towards the Brazilian people, I hope that they will very soon have a president who behaves in the right way.’
There it is again.
Bolsonaro has been Brazil’s president for less than a year, so Macron’s “hope” that Brazil will “very soon” have a new president is pretty threatening.
As long as he continues to question Brazil’s sovereignty and the legitimacy of Bolsonaro’s presidency, we can predict that these news outlets will continue to bully him by implying he’s engaging in some kind of sick sexual relationship with his grandmother.
It’s just the way these noble news outlets try to keep the peace.