Former Trump aide and Gettr CEO Jason Miller was detained for three hours in Brazil on Tuesday as he was leaving the country after speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference and meeting with President Jair Bolsonaro.
Miller was preparing to board a private jet at Brasília International Airport Tuesday morning when the federal police stopped and questioned him as part of a reported investigation into organizers of “anti-democratic acts.”
“This afternoon my traveling party was questioned for three hours at the airport in Brasilia, after having attended this weekend’s CPAC Brasil Conference,” Miller said in a statement. “We were not accused of any wrongdoing, and told only that they ‘wanted to talk.'”
“We informed them that we had nothing to say and were eventually released to fly back to the United States. Our goal of sharing free speech around the world continues,” he concluded.
Excited to announce I’ll be joining Donald Trump Jr. in Brasilia next week as a Speaker at CPAC Brasil!
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) August 27, 2021
Statement from Jason Miller that he refused to speak to Brazilian authorities. pic.twitter.com/aTx84E4c0i
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) September 7, 2021
Trump Jr. apparently did not make the trip to Brazil. He gave a live video address instead.
According to the Brazilian news site, Metropoles, Miller’s detention was ordered by Minister Alexandre de Moraes, who is conducting an investigation for the country’s Supreme Federal Court.
Bolsonaro’s enemies are claiming that he is plotting a Jan. 6-type coup to stay in power. Miller was ostensibly questioned in connection to that assertion although he was reportedly not directly accused of any involvement. Authorities are said to want Miller to testify in their investigation against Bolsonaro.
Further confirmation from Brazilian journalist below. Miller was in the country speaking with far right leaders as Brazil is bracing for a Jan. 6th-inspired insurrection/coup attempt, inspired by far-right president Jair Bolsonaro. https://t.co/C9QG3wTYzv
— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) September 7, 2021
He also traveled to Brazil to promote his new conservative social media platform, Gettr. According to the Daily Mail, Miller was set to meet with President Jair Bolsonaro, Deputy Eduardo Bolsonaro, and former Chancellor Ernesto Araujo to urge them to join the platform.
“The fact that we currently have over a quarter of a million Brazilians signed up is not insignificant,” Miller declared. “We think this is a massive growth market for us, especially with elections in 2022.”
“With all that energy and activity we think it’s a perfect place for us to step into and grow even more.” he posited.
The upcoming election has the entire country on edge. Bolsonaro is trailing in the polls to leftist former leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
Mass demonstrations are being held in some of Brazil’s largest cities and detainments such as Miller’s may become much more frequent as paranoia builds before the election.
Bolsonaro was cheered by tens of thousands of people in the capital city of Brasilia.
Last week, he said to his supporters, “The time has come to declare our independence for good, to say we will not allow some people in Brasilia to impose their will on us.”
“The will that matters is yours,” he added.
“Some people in Brasilia” was evidently a reference to the Supreme Court, which has ordered a series of investigations into Bolsonaro and his inner circle over allegations of systematically spreading fake news from within the government echoing events in the United States.
He has declared an aggressive political war against justices that he perceives are hostile. Bolsonaro is ostensibly indicating to the judges that they should consider the massive and supportive rallies for him as an “ultimatum.”
There is a lot of support from Brazil for Miller, Trump, and Bolsonaro:
There’s a huge backstory to this, but basically Brazil’s Supreme Court is at war with President Jair Bolsonaro.
— Kassy Dillon (@KassyDillon) September 7, 2021
We need support from USA against leftist Supreme Court. Brazilian people support Bolsonaro president!
— Higo Wesley (@higo_wesley) September 7, 2021
More like "left-Lenin"
— Rafael Vasconcellos, o aglomerador (@rafavasconc) September 7, 2021
BOLSONARO 2022 🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷. Go Trump
— Spider_Jesus 🇧🇷 🇺🇸 🇮🇱 (@SpiderJesusBR) September 7, 2021
Thanks for spreading the information. The Supreme Court in Brazil is instability element to our country.
— Fábio Silva 🇧🇷 (@FbioSil51843665) September 7, 2021
— 🇧🇷Marceleza🇧🇷 #FechadoComBolsonaro (@BolsoChelo81) September 7, 2021
— Rodrack (@Rodrack71) September 7, 2021
May the whole world be informed that the Brazilian people formed by hard working honest citizens will stand against any kind of violation to freedom. The socialist and corrupt left will not take over again.
— Nelson L De Faria (@NelsonLDeFaria) September 7, 2021
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