Tens of thousands of Brazilians poured into the streets on Saturday in protests led by women against the far-right frontrunner for president. Jair Bolsonaro is divisive for a history of making comments widely considered sexist, misogynist, and homophobic. He's belittled rape and called the gender pay gap justified. Women rallied and danced across the country, holding signs with the #EleNao, or not him.
He's led the polls for months ahead of the October 7th election, winning right-wing votes for his hard-line stance on crime, as well as his polarizing comments. Bolsonaro nearly died from a stab wound earlier this month, he was discharged on Saturday morning. But videos on social media from his flight back to Rio de Janeiro were a telling sign of the divided mood in Brazil.
Some passengers clapped for him, calling him legend, others booed. Saturday also saw rival rallies in support of the candidate across Brazil.>>
> A crowd outside his home waved flags and cheered in the street. Recent polls show Bolsonaro's lack of support from women may spell trouble in the elections.
On Friday, however, he sparked controversy again when he said he would not accept the outcome if he loses.