Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tweeted a picture from a hospital bed in Orlando, Florida. The politician said he was treated for complications from an old stab wound.
Several high-profile Democrats have called for Bolsonaro to be expelled from the U.S. following riots in Brazil that mirrored those on Jan. 6, 2021, in the U.S.
"Bolsonaro must not be given refuge in Florida, where he’s been hiding from accountability for his crimes," tweeted Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas.
"The US must cease granting refuge to Bolsonaro in Florida," Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York tweeted.
- Após facada sofrida em Juiz de Fora/MG, fui submetido à 5 cirurgias. Desde a última, por por 2x tive aderências que me levaram à outros procedimentos médicos.— Jair M. Bolsonaro 2️⃣2️⃣ (@jairbolsonaro) January 10, 2023
- Ontem nova aderência e baixa hospitalar em Orlando/USA.
- Grato pelas orações e mensagens de pronto restabelecimento. pic.twitter.com/u5JwG7UZnc
According to The Associated Press, Brazilian police rounded up approximately 1,500 pro-Bolsonaro rioters who trashed the country's Congress, the Supreme Court and the presidential palace.
Bolsonaro, who has been compared to former President Donald Trump, lost an extremely close election to leftist President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in October.
Similar to Trump, Bolsonaro refused to concede after the election, reportedly complaining about the process.
Thousands of Brazilians want the pro-Bolsonaro protesters held accountable. They marched through the streets of Rio de Janeiro on Monday, touting democracy.