A defeat of Bolsonarism

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By CAMILA MORENO*

Preliminary analysis of the first round of municipal elections

There is no doubt: the biggest loser in the 2020 municipal elections is Bolsonaro. The president's support counted more against than in favor of his candidates. Russomano was shipwrecked in São Paulo and the same happened in almost all capitals. Of the 45 councilors that Bolsonaro decided to support in lives and posts on his social networks, only 7 were elected. Among the 13 mayors, only two are in the second round.

There is, in fact, a reorganization of the traditional and neoliberal right, which some call the centrão, which was victorious in these elections in a significant number of municipalities. These are the ones who sometimes tweet against Bolsonaro, but do not submit impeachment requests even with repeated crimes of responsibility committed by the president, defend a cruel economic policy with the poorest, cuts of rights and privatizations.

There are also many wounds to be healed on the left, which come from the national elections of 2018. In the municipal elections, the PT was the target of many attacks by the PDT (with the consent of the PSB) mainly in Rio and Fortaleza. They rejected the PT, asked for a useful vote, demanded a Left Front that they did not make any effort to build.

PSOL, which was already in this process, consolidated a repositioning on the left. They didn't attack the PT, they expanded the voting, elected more councilors in the big cities and reached the second round in the biggest city in the country, a gigantic feat!

About the PT, as we are used to, all electoral analyzes want to decree our end. It's been like this since we were born. First we weren't strong enough, then we were too radical, too popular. They invented lies, taxed us as corrupt, hit us, unfairly arrested the greatest popular leader in the country and we are still alive, very much alive!

Without masking reality, it must be said that we have reduced – a little – the number of city halls and councilors, but we are in the second round in 15 large cities, quite different from 2016.

It is also very important that we even recognize the battles we fought that did not make it to the second round. Who wasn't moved by Benedita da Silva's campaign? And weren't you impacted by Luizianne Lins' strength of resistance? So it was with Adriana Accorsi, with Jean-Paul, Pedro Tourinho, Zé Ricardo, Pedro Kemp, Jilmar Tatto… all fundamental for a programmatic and popular debate.

As since we were born, they keep trying to enact our end. The current argument is that we were outclassed by PSOL. With all the admiration and respect I have for our companions, but the PT elected 2584 councilors and the PSOL 75. The PT elected 174 mayors and the PSOL 4. those numbers, right?

The truth is that defeating the PT only interests, or should at least, the right, the neoliberals, the powerful, the financial market, the elite and Bolsonarismo. To weaken the PT is to weaken the strength of the left.

It is not possible to analyze the first round of municipal elections without highlighting the strength of the election of women, young people, black men and women, trans and lesbians of the left in the capitals and in the big cities. In Natal, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Curitiba and Belém, the PT candidates with the most votes were black women. In Aracaju and Belo Horizonte, the most voted candidacies in the city were trans women. In Porto Alegre and Rio de Janeiro, the PT also elected young, black women with expressive votes. In Campo Grande and Vitória, the PT elected women, young people, feminists. In Florianópolis, the PT elected a lesbian woman. It was no different in big cities like Contagem, Juiz de Fora and Uberlândia.

It is necessary that we have a special look and that we dedicate significant time of our analysis to these results. The left wants to vote for women, for young people, for black men and women, for LGBTs. In collective candidacies, news, dreams, values. She wants to see herself in the vote, she wants to feel represented. I read some analyzes interpret these expressive votes as a departure from our social base. I disagree. These elected women are much closer to the working class than many of the previous representatives. The class struggle is inseparable from ethnic, racial, age and gender issues.

Increasingly, form matters as much as content. After all, what was the substantive difference between Boulos' program and Tatto's? Do not exist. All fellow elected councilors had excellent performance on social networks, for example. And we need to, collectively, find that way. The programmatic clarity, the program for the 99% of workers, class identity, but also race, gender and age.

Rescuing the legacy is important, but we cannot think that people will be eternally grateful for what we did when I was in government. It is also necessary to talk about the future, present perspective, mobilize hope.

It's time for full force in the second round. No rest! We are all Marília Arraes and João Coser. We are Margarida Salomão, Marília Campos, Antônio Gomide, Célia Tavares, Elói Pietá and Zé Raimundo. We are Manu, we are Boulos, we are Edmilson! We are the defeat of Bolsonarism, the right, neoliberalism and backwardness! Let's go!

*Camila Moreno is a member of the National Executive of the PT.

 

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