Footage has gone viral on social media
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro had social media users in stitches after he mistook a dwarf for a child and lifted him on his shoulders.
Bolsonaro was apparently unable to differentiate because the dwarf was wearing a mask. The incident occurred during his visit on Thursday to Aracaju.
As he picked up the man, a woman in the background can be heard asking: “Is that a child?”
Social media users then began poking fun at the president, who has been in the headlines lately for his mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Brazil: President Jair Bolsonaro picked a dwarf up thinking it was a child.— 🇦🇺 @Emma Down Under 🇬🇧 (@emm_downunder) August 23, 2020
ROFL 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/hrfLRF6Rxc
On Monday, Bolsonaro faced criticism once again after he threatened to punch a journalist.
“I want to punch you in the face, OK?” the president said. He was responding to a reporter’s question about bank deposits made in the account of his wife, First Lady Michelle Bolsonaro, by Fabricio Queiroz, a former aide to one of his sons.
The Brazilian media had earlier reported that Queiroz deposited 72,000 Reais in the first lady’s account between 2011 and 2018.