The offensive by Valdemar Costa Neto, president of the PL, for the annulment of part of the votes in the second round of the election did not please part of Bolsonarist militancy.
Among the most radical, who are in conversation groups calling for the barracks, the reading is that Valdemar could never have left a final decision to the TSE (Superior Electoral Court), considered by them an enemy of Jair Bolsonaro (PL).
The understanding in these groups is that actions on the inspection of the electoral process should come only from the Armed Forces.
Even if the Ministry of Defense issues dubious notes in relation to the alleged fraud defended by supporters of the president, there is no hint or possibility of joining the coup groups camped in front of the barracks.
Bolsonaristas criticize an excerpt from the interview that Valdemar gave to the press when entering the TSE representation. “How are we going to live with the ghost of the 2022 election? We have to solve this and we ask the Superior Electoral Court to decide the issue”, he said on Tuesday (23).
In an audio shared in these groups, which already make up the most radical slice of Bolsonaro voters, a militant says that the only valid process that would lead to a supposed victory is the one that follows the constitutional rite defined by the Armed Forces and that the political interference of the PL is inappropriate and smacks of an attempt to destabilize the procedure articulated by the streets.
This reading is shared by many militants in different groups with anti-democratic ideas accompanied by the report.
There is an understanding that the PL gave power to the TSE, that the population on the streets would be moving towards a supposed outcome with the support of the Armed Forces and that this report goes against the strategy of the encamped militancy, which demands the disclosure of the source code of the polls .
Since Bolsonaro’s defeat by Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT), Bolsonaristas have been camped out in front of barracks and some have participated in blockades and protests on highways, where violence has escalated in recent days.
On November 2nd and 15th, voters joined those camped in protests against Lula’s victory, asking for coup intervention by the Armed Forces.
A member of one of the self-styled “civil resistance” groups said that the most important thing for the movement is the presentation of the source code, which would be able to prove the alleged fraud and complicate the lives of the ministers of the electoral court and the STF (Supreme Federal Court).
The Defense Ministry, however, did not ask for access to the source code in its post-election report. One of the criticisms of the folder was not having access to all the files it requested.
The narrative that it would be necessary to access the code was inspired by Bolsonarists such as federal deputy Carla Zambelli (PL-SP) and has been used as a discourse in coup acts. They are against the annulment of the election and argue that there is pressure to prove such fraud based on what has already been presented by the Armed Forces.
This discourse in the groups differs from the more vocal Bolsonarism parliamentarians, who endorse the representation of the PL and have publicly stated that they would give up their mandates for what they call a “clean election”.
“We want transparency in elections, even if it costs mandates for those already elected. It is a nation that is at stake,” wrote Senator Magno Malta (PL-ES) on a social network.
The same was published by Deputy Filipe Barros (PL-PR), who added: “There is no democracy without transparency”.
Other deputies published the same, as well as a profile in support of Nikolas Ferreira (PL-MG), whose Twitter account is blocked.
There are also, in Bolsonarist groups, those who defend that the action of the PL has a plan B and that it is better to have the support of the president of the PL in the cause of delegitimizing the result of the election.
On Wednesday night (23), the president of the TSE, Alexandre de Moraes, denied the party’s action aimed at invalidating votes in part of the ballot boxes in the second round and condemned Bolsonaro’s coalition, formed by PL, PP and Republicans, to pay of a fine of almost BRL 23 million for litigation in bad faith.
Moraes also determined the blocking of the party funds of the three parties until the payment of the imposed penalty.