Rio Carnival 2017 just ended its wild 5-day ride and guess, who was the star? No not Gisele Bundchen on one of the Samba parade floats or the Portela samba school, this year’s champion, with its environmental message.
It was none other than the U.S. Orange Menace: President Donald J. Trump.
Trump masks were the clear stars of the pre-Lent festivities, appearing everywhere from street parties to galas. As nearly 1.0 million celebrated the Trump mask, orange-tint and all were the requisite complement to Carnival outfits. At 7 reais ($2.3) the mask is an affordable diversion. Even the recently indicted former Brazilian President Lula da Silva was not as popular.
Also seen around the streets of Brazil was Trump’s beloved border wall, rendered in cardboard as a symbolic protest.
Trump is not a favorite of the Brazilian people, viewed as a destabilizing force in the region. Trump’s election has had a negative effect on the country’s stock market. Another sensitive issue for Brazilians is the nearly 1.5 million undocumented Brazilian living in the U.S. and what will happen to them under Trump’s new immigration policies.
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