In a meeting with domestic workers at the Metalworkers Union of São Paulo ABC, in São Bernardo do Campo, PT presidential candidate Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, in a nod to the female segment, highlighted Dilma Rousseff as the country’s first female president and said that she “was taken out of the government for a dirty trick, for a bike ride they invented.” When criticizing President Jair Bolsonaro (PL), without mentioning him, the PT said that “the guy who voted to take her out doesn’t even give her a bike, he gives a motorcycle” because she doesn’t have the courage to hold a rally.
“Dilma was removed from the government for a dirty trick, for a bike ride they invented. Dilma was removed and the guy who voted to remove her doesn’t even give a bike ride, she gives a motorcycle”, said Lula. “He doesn’t have the courage to hold a rally. When he goes, it’s to hold a rally with the military, his militants. He doesn’t mix with poor people because he knows he lies too much. It’s not Lula who is saying it, it’s the press,” he said.
The former president has again promised that, if elected, he will create a Ministry for Women. “It will no longer be a secretariat, it will be a ministry. Women are the majority in this country and have already shown their competence to perform any function anywhere in the world and in Brazil as well”, he said.
The nod comes after gaffes committed by the former president in relation to the female audience and which had great repercussion on social networks. During a rally in Belém (PA) on Thursday night (1), for example, Lula said that housework is “women’s service”, mentioning that men must have the “dignity to help in the kitchen”.
In an act held in Vale do Anhangabaú, in São Paulo, on August 20, Lula also accumulated another controversy. “A man’s hand was not made to hit a woman. Do you want to hit a woman? Go hit somewhere else, but not inside your house or in Brazil, because we can’t accept that anymore”, he said at the time.
At today’s event, Lula reinforced the equality of opportunities agenda and said that, if elected, he will not “harm anyone”. “I don’t want the maid’s daughter to harm her boss’s son. The only thing I want is for the maid’s son to have the same opportunity to compete for the same vacancy with anyone in the world”.
During the event on ABC, the PT presidential candidate again criticized the current government’s arms policy and said that the measure benefited criminals, who now “no longer steal police weapons, but buy new and legal ones”.
“Who’s buying the gun, are you? The bandits are buying it,” he said. “Whoever is buying weapons must be the PCC, the Comando Vermelho, the people who want weapons,” she continued.
Lula stated that, in an eventual government, there will not be a decree on weapons in the country, but a decree on books. The arms and violence agenda generates concern, mainly for evangelical women, a segment in which the campaign has sought greater dialogue.