January 9, 2023The Lincoln Project released the following statement on the insurrection in Brazil and its ties to the United States:

“Yesterday’s attack on Brazil’s democratically-elected government was a terrible reminder that democracy is under threat around the world. Brazil, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the January 6th insurrection are all efforts by supporters of totalitarianism to install leaders who will no longer be accountable to the people and will rule outside the control of democratic institutions.

“The United States government must support efforts by the Brazilian government to find out the extent of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s involvement. Bolsonaro must not be allowed to simply hang out with Donald Trump in South Florida while they plan to burn down their nations. It is imperative that the organizers and the participants of both insurrections are punished for their actions. Without it, those involved will be emboldened to continue their efforts.

“Here in the United States, Members of Congress who supported the January 6th insurrection are being rewarded for their loyalty to Donald Trump and his plot to overthrow the election. As the election deniers and their enablers – like Kevin McCarthy, Mark Green and Marjorie Taylor Greene – receive their new leadership positions, they will be in place to legislate away individual rights and undermine our democratic institutions. All Americans who support individual freedom must continue to stand up and speak out in defense of our nation’s democratic ideals.”

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