Brazilian President Bolsonaro tries to grab cell phone from YouTube heckler, video shows

As Bolsonaro took selfies together with his supporters close to the Planalto Palace, the President was questioned by Wilker Leao, a military corporal recognized for filming his confrontations with the right-wing chief’s supporters and posting them to YouTube.

Within the video, Leao could be heard asking Bolsonaro about his alliance with a gaggle of right-wing and heart events known as “Centrao,” which holds numerous seats in Congress.

Bolsonaro and his leftist challenger, former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, launched their rival presidential campaigns on Tuesday forward of the October election.

Lula stays the primary selection of 47% of Brazilian voters, in accordance to a nationwide ballot from Datafolha Institute launched by Folha de S. Paulo newspaper on Thursday evening. However the hole is closing with Bolsonaro up three proportion factors for the reason that final ballot in late July.

In accordance to the Globo video, Leao is seen being pushed by an obvious safety officer, and refusing to depart. He begins to insult the President, calling him a “coward” and a “punk.”

“I come right here every single day, Bolsonaro. Let’s examine if in case you have the center to get out and discuss to me,” Leao says.

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The President could be seen exiting his automotive saying that he needs to discuss to Leao. He grabs the YouTuber’s collar. “Come right here, come right here to discuss to me,” he says, reaching for Leao’s phone.

After the scuffle, Bolsonaro and Leao could be seen talking extra calmly.

“You possibly can discuss to me all you need, you possibly can discuss all you need. There isn’t any drawback. Why this aggressiveness?” Bolsonaro says.

“As a result of after I discuss to you, sir, calmly, after I went there, I used to be forbidden to go in there once more to discuss calmly with you, sir,” Leao replies.

Bolsonaro’s press workplace and Wilker Leao didn’t reply to CNN’s request for remark.