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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro admits crying alone in his bathroom when making decisions

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has claimed he hides in his bathroom and cries when he is faced with making difficult decision as his popularity plunges to an all-time low over his handling of the Covid pandemic.  

The far-right leader made the claim in front of his evangelical supporters at the  Comunidade das Nações church last Thursday in Brasilia, the South American's nation's capital. 

'Increasingly, we know what to do. Where to direct our forces. How often do I cry alone in the bathroom at home,' Bolsonaro said. 'My wife (Michelle Bolsonaro) has never seen it. She thinks I'm the macho man. I think she's right so far.'

'What makes me act this way? I'm no longer a congressman. With all due respect to the congressman, if he misses a vote, it may not influence anything. A vote in 513,' he added. 'But my decision badly made, many people suffer. It changes the stock market, the dollar, the price of fuel.' 

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (pictured on October 7) appeared before evangelical supporters last Thursday and confessed to hiding away from his with at home in the bathroom and crying whenever he has to make a tough decision. 'Now it's not like when I was a congressman (...) If I make a bad decision, many people will suffer,' he said

A protester participating at a demonstration to honor the lives of more than 600,000 people who have died of COVID-19 in Brazil holds a sign which reads, 'The pandemic has not ended.' The hashtag translates into 'out with President Jair Bolsonaro and Vice President Hamilton Mourão

Bolsonaro, who in the past has not said whether he will seek reelection in 2022, is facing one of the most delicate moments of his mandate, which began in January 2019.

His government's approval fell to 22%, the lowest since he took office, during the COVID-19 pandemic that as of Monday had killed 603,282 people, skyrocketing inflation and high unemployment. 

Polls show him losing to his biggest political adversary, former leftist president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. 

A Senate investigation into the government's handling of the coronavirus epidemic will likely recommend in its final report due Tuesday that Bolsonaro face 11 criminal charges.

The president's office did not immediately respond to request for comment, according to Reuters. 

Alagoas Senator Renan Calheiros, who is leading the probe, said during a radio interview Friday that it is unlikely that Bolsonaro will face a trial on any such charges. 

Calheiros indicated there is evidence to show that Bolsonaro should be formally charged with genocide against the country's indigenous population, malfeasance, irregular use of public funds, violation of sanitary measures, incitement to crime and forgery of private documents, among other crimes.

Aerial view of white handkerchiefs that symbolizes a farewell displayed by Brazil's NGO Rio de Paz during an event at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro on October 8 to pay homage to the victims of the coronavirus pandemic. John Hopkins University data shows Brazil has registered 603,282 deaths due to COVID-19

The Senate committee is set to vote Wednesday on approving the text before sending it on the attorney general's office on Thursday to decide if Bolsonaro and others should be charged.

The attorney general's office can charge the president, but the Supreme Court, which would try him, must request authorization from the lower house to proceed. Experts say the lower house is highly unlikely to sign off on such a request.

The report is also likely to recommend that some of Bolsonaro's sons and his former Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello also be charged with crimes, Calheiros said. Calheiros did not identify which sons may face charges.

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro and his delegation were forced to eat their pizzas outside a restaurant in Manhattan on September 19 because the Brazilian leader did not have his COVID-19 vaccine

Bolsonaro, who contracted the coronavirus in July 2020, has railed against lockdown measures, pushed unproven cures, sowed vaccine doubts, downplayed the severity of COVID-19 and once likened the ravaging to a 'little flu.' 

He appeared last Tuesday on Brazilian radio station to Jovem Pan to vow never to get the COVID-19 vaccine.