In an environment of intense political polarization, the then presidential candidate, Jair Bolsonaro, suffered an attack during a campaign act in the city of Juiz de Fora (MG); he was stabbed in the abdomen while being carried by supporters. The perpetrator of the crime was identified as Adélio Bispo, who was subsequently arrested. Because of this, Bolsonaro followed the rest of his campaign with a focus on social networks, few public agendas and without attending any presidential debate. Several conspiracy theories arose around this attack, but none is supported by the facts found by the Federal Police.
During Carnival 2019, President Jair Bolsonaro shared on his social networks a pornographic video between two men on a street block and, the next day, asked his followers what the expression “golder shower” meant. The case reverberated for days on the internet, giving vent to thousands of twitters and memes about the pee to which the president was referring. Several users criticized Bolsonaro's stance, which he delivered to thousands of Internet users themes that he himself always considered unsuitable for mass circulation.
The first major political crisis of the Jair Bolsonaro government as president took place in February 2019, with the suspicion that his party, PSL, made use of "orange" candidacies in the 2018 elections to divert public funds. The national president of the PSL during the elections was Gustavo Bebianno, a figure very close to Bolsonaro and one of the first ministers announced by the administration for the post of Secretary General of the Presidency. After hearing their private conversations exposed, Bebianno denied his relationship with the transfers, but ended up being exonerated. The case became national mockery and in the following weeks hundreds of Brazilians took to the streets during the carnival dressed in oranges, in reference to the alleged “orange” candidates of the PSL.