"NIOAQUE, Brazil—It looks like a scene from Marlboro Country. Cattle ranchers drive their Chevy pickup trucks to the local rodeo. Cowboys in washed-out jeans entertain the crowds.
Like the divide in the U.S., the rise of conservative Brazil has liberal citizens on edge. They worry about the rightward swing in a country that is among the most unequal in the world, has deeply ingrained racism, and only recently began pushing for women’s and minority rights.
“Everyone I know is in a panic,“ said Daniel Ribeiro, a Brazilian film director whose latest movie tells the story of a transsexual couple.
”Even if Bolsonaro doesn’t win, Brazil seems to be going back in that direction.”"
Original story published in The Wall Street Journal.