RIO DE JANEIRO | Brazil far-right candidate softens stances ahead of election

RIO DE JANEIRO | Brazil far-right candidate softens stances ahead of election

RIO DE JANEIRO — Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right congressman who is the front-runner going into Brazil‘s presidential runoff election Sunday, has gained notoriety for making disparaging comments about gays, blacks and women and for waxing nostalgic about the country’s 1964-1985 dictatorship. But he has moderated his stances during his campaign.

Some of his most controversial statements, and how he has backed off them:

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In a 2011 interview with Playboy magazine, Bolsonaro said he would be “incapable of loving a homosexual son,” and added that he would prefer his son to “die in an accident” than to show up with a “bearded” partner.

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