The Brazilian Elite’s Plan to Destroy the Workers’ Party Has Failed

São Paulo
The plan was the following: Deny the legitimacy of Dilma Rousseff’s 2014 election victory. Push for impeachment on a trumped-up charge (creative accounting to disguise a budget deficit). Organize mass protests against the Workers’ Party (PT) and in support of the Lava Jato (Car Wash) anti-corruption attorneys who aimed to prosecute Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Brazil’s popular former president and longtime PT leader, for corruption and money laundering. Encourage big corporate media outlets, namely the all-powerful Globo network, to identify the PT as the root cause of Brazil’s institutional corruption. Drum up international support as awards piled up in the Harvard-trained Lava Jato judges’ offices in Curitiba and as The Economist glibly headlined “Dilma, time to go.”