Democrats urge Biden to extradite Bolsonaro from Florida after Brazil riot

U.S. lawmakers are comparing Sunday's events in Brazil to the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

Published: January 9, 2023 12:56pm

Updated: January 9, 2023 2:38pm

Democrats lawmakers are urging fellow party member President Biden to extradite ex-Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro from Florida after his supporters Sunday sacked a complex of government buildings his home country.

Bolsonaro lost reelection in October 2022, and the Democratic lawmakers requests for his extradition are similar to those Jan. 6 Capitol riot that was preceded by then-President Trump losing his reelection. 

"Nearly 2 years to the day the US Capitol was attacked by fascists, we see fascist movements abroad attempt to do the same in Brazil," New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Sunday. "The US must cease granting refuge to Bolsonaro in Florida."

Hundreds of people have arrested following the protest Sunday, which included act of vandalism in the largely empty complex that Bolsonaro has since condemned.

In a tweet similar to the one by Ocasio-Cortez, fellow progressive Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., said: "Two years ago our Capitol was attacked by fanatics, now we are watching it happen in Brazil. ... Bolsonaro should not be given refuge in Florida."

Texas Democrat Rep. Joaquin Castro tweeted: "Domestic terrorists and fascists cannot be allowed to use Trump’s playbook to undermine democracy," "Bolsonaro must not be given refuge in Florida, where he’s been hiding from accountability for his crimes."

White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Monday that the U.S. government had not received any official requests from Brazil regarding Bolsonaro's status in Florida, Reuters reported. 

"Of course, if we did receive such requests, we'd treat them the way we always do, we'd treat them seriously," Sullivan said.

Also on Monday, Bolsonaro was reportedly admitted to a hospital in Orlando, Florida, for severe abdominal pain. He has been admitted several times for such issues since being stabbed in 2018 at a campaign rally.

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