‘Complicity with coup’: The Senate’s reaction to Arthur Lira’s pronouncement – ​​Prime Time Zone


The Chamber President said that ‘it is time to put a stop to this escalation’, he stressed that the Constitution will ‘never be torn down’, but he did not mention impeachment

Luis Macedo/Chamber of DeputiesSenators criticized the tone of the speech made by Lira after the Pocketnarist demonstrations on 7 September

At the moment when the relationship between the two Houses suffers the effects of a “crash”, as the leader of the government in the National Congress told Prime Time Zone, the senators criticized the speech of the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Arthur Lira (PP-AL), in response to the president’s attacks Jair Bolsonaro to the Federal Supreme Court (STF) and to the minister Alexandre de Moraes, whom he called “scoundrel”. In her speech, Lira said that “it’s time to put a stop to this escalation”, he stressed that the Constitution “will never be torn down”, but did not mention the word impeachment.

In a post on his Twitter profile, the senator Randolfe Rodrigues (Rede-AP) stated that “cowardice is a feeling that has never had and will never have a place in history” and added that he regrets “the timid positions that border on complicity with coup”. “I regret the positions, such as those of Arthur Lira and Augusto Aras, that border on complicity with Jair Bolsonaro. I salute and greet the statement by the President of the STF, Luiz Fux. The Court can count on our support. History will put in their place those who defended democracy, those who cowered and those who were accomplices of criminals”, said the leader of the Opposition in the House.

Senator Simone Tebet (MDB-MS), leader of the women’s bench in the Senate, mocked Lira’s reaction to Bolsonaro’s speeches. “Nero will continue playing ‘Lira’ after setting Rome on fire. What Vadis? Until when?”, he asked. The parliamentarian alludes to the Roman legend according to which the Roman emperor Nero would have climbed to the roof of his palace and started to play his string instrument while enjoying the effects of the fire that hit the city. Senator Alessandro Vieira (Cidadania-SE), deputy of the CPI of Covid-19, quoted a sentence by the president of the Chamber at the end of his speech to criticize the content of the statement. In an excerpt that should have been removed by the edition, which did not happen, Lira commented to one of her advisors that “there was a little mistake there, basic, right?”. “The only truth in Lira’s speech, even so partial, came in the confession at the end: ‘there was a basic mistake there.’ It wasn’t just one mistake, there were several, but the worst one was to elect Bolsonaro. We are going to correct it, either by impeachment or by election, as that is the only way we will get out of chaos”, wrote Vieira.

Senator Fabiano Contarato (Rede-ES), in turn, wrote that Lira “signified that he will omit in the face of Bolsonaro’s excesses”, adding that “a weak and wasting president of the Republic means a strong Chamber Presidency and dealing the cards: it is not difficult to understand the mathematics of this interest”. As Young Pan showed, Contarato’s diagnosis is endorsed by deputies from the Centrão: as long as he has control of a significant amount in amendments, which guarantees him influence with peers and can pave his way in the search for reelection to the command of the House, Lira will not be back against the country’s representative.