A similar coup attempt is highly likely to take place in Brazil amidst this year’s presidential election, in October. The Capitol invasion, though it has failed, is a precious example for the Bolsonaros and their armed militias. No matter if Bolsonaro loses in the first or the second round, no matter if the difference is large or small between the most voted candidate (Lula) and him, Bolsonaro is predetermined to accuse a rigged election process (even if, judging by recent historical events, namely in the USA, in 2016, the next Brazilian presidential election is likely to be rigged in favor of Bolsonaro and not otherwise).
How did false claims of election fraud make their way to the center of American politics? FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate the plot to overturn the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
FRONTLINE and ProPublica uncover how a small group of people helped to create some of the core narratives of fraud that President Donald Trump and many others would go on to champion after the election — and how the legacy of their effort is impacting democracy and shaping elections to come.
“Plot to Overturn the Election” is a FRONTLINE production with Midnight Films, LLC in partnership with ProPublica. The correspondent is A.C. Thompson. The producer, writer and director is Samuel Black. The executive producer for FRONTLINE is Raney Aronson-Rath.