Brazilian President Bolsonaro tries to take mobile phone from YouTube bully, video shows

When Bolsonaro took selfies with his supporters outside the Planalto Palace, the president was interrogated by Wilker Leao, an army corporal known for filming his clashes with supporters of the right-wing leader and posting them on YouTube.

In the video, Leão can be heard asking Bolsonaro about his alliance with a group of right-wing and center parties called Centrao, which holds a large number of seats in Congress.

Bolsonaro and his left-wing rival, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, launched their rival presidential campaigns on the Tuesday before the October elections.

According to a nationwide poll by the Datafolha Institute published by the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper on Thursday evening, Lula remains the first choice of 47% of Brazilian voters. But the gap is closing: Bolsonaro is up three percentage points from the last poll at the end of July.

According to the Globo video, Leao is seen being pushed by an apparent security officer and he refuses to leave. He begins insulting the president, calling him a “coward” and a “punk”.

“I come here every day, Bolsonaro. Let’s see if you have the courage to come out and talk to me,” says Leao.

The president can be seen getting out of the car and saying he wants to talk to Leao. He grabs the YouTuber by the collar. “Come here, come here to talk to me,” he says, picking up Leao’s phone.

After the fight, Bolsonaro and Leao can be seen talking more calmly.

“You can talk to me whatever you want, you can say whatever you want. No problem. Why this aggressiveness? Bolsonaro says.

“Because when I talk to you, sir, calmly, when I went there, I was forbidden to go there again to talk to you calmly, sir,” Leao replies.

Bolsonaro’s press office and Wilker Leao did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.

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