Roberto Jefferson’s trajectory ranged from political pragmatism to the current defense of more radical banners towards the extreme right, passing through the notoriety achieved in the monthly allowance, a corruption scandal in the Lula government of which he was pivotal.
Today, at the age of 68, the PTB president is an exponent of pocketbookism, with an arms-like, religious and anti-communist discourse. In May last year, he posted a photo on social media carrying a machine gun. “Against Communism,” he wrote.
Jefferson entered politics in 1971, joining the youth wing of the MDB, then opposing the military regime. His grandfather and father had been councilors in Petrópolis for the PTB, at the time when the acronym represented Vargas’ labour. With the end of bipartisanship in 1979, he stayed for about a year at the PP and then migrated to the new PTB.
He was first elected federal deputy in 1982 – he was the most voted of the party that year. As a congressman, he distinguished himself as leader of Fernando Collor’s “shock troops” in Congress, in 1992. During FHC’s government, he once again integrated the base of support for the Planalto. At that time, unlike today, it was said in favor of disarmament. He was in favor of the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff and guaranteed the support of the acronym to the Michel Temer government. The rapprochement with Jair Bolsonaro was consolidated last year.
This was Jefferson’s second arrest. Convicted in the monthly allowance, the former deputy was arrested in 2014 and, in the following year, was transferred to a household regime. He obtained a pardon from the sentence in 2016 and regained control of the PTB. In command of the legend, he has led a shift to the far right, with the affiliation of integralists.
The information is from the newspaper The State of São Paulo.
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