“Draining Brazil’s Swamp” Michael Royster, The Rio Times, 18 May 2017

“The Brazilian metaphor for impending disaster is ‘a vaca foi pro brejo’ or ‘the cow went to the swamp’. The Brazilian swamp now hosts an entire herd of cattle, up to their pasterns in muddy quicksand”.

Trump said in his campaign that he wanted to “drain the swamp”, meaning the Government. In Brazil the swamp is also the Government, but no candidate or president wants to drain it. President Temer and Senator Aécio Neves have been implicated in criminal activities. Apparently, Temer approved paying a bribe to former Chamber of Deputies President Cunha in order to hush him. This is known days after the Superior Electoral Tribune announced the beginning of the trial of the 2014 Rousseff/Temer campaign ticket for violations of electoral law. If Temer is found guilty, he would have to leave office and there would be an emergency election for President. The problem is that in this election only Congress would vote, and all Congress leaders are under investigation for corruption.” Now Brazilians can only despair for their Government”. The Brazilian metaphor for impending disaster is ‘a vaca foi pro brejo’ or ‘the cow went to the swamp’. The Brazilian swamp now hosts an entire herd of cattle, up to their pasterns in muddy quicksand.

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“Draining Brazil’s Swamp” Michael Royster, The Rio Times, 18 May 2017

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