The moment ‘Brazil’s Donald Trump’ is stabbed at election rally

Jair Bolsonaro

However, it is unknown when the candidate can get out again on the campaign trail or if his injuries will impede his ability to campaign.

The attack is likely to have a major impact on the remaining four weeks of the campaign, from how candidates interact with supporters to their message.

Bolsonaro has climbed steadily in the polls on the back of political corruption, rising crime rates across Brazil's urban areas and a well orchestrated social media campaign.

A video circulated on social media reportedly shows the presidential candidate being dragged to an ambulance amidst a crowd after he was apparently stabbed.

Mr Bolsonaro was campaigning in the city of Juiz de Fora when he was stabbed in the abdomen as he was lifted above the crowd. The candidate was seen flinching after the attack before going out of view. Other clips show supporters carrying him to a auto.

Known to many of his countrymen as the "Brazilian Trump", Bolsonaro was taken to a hospital where medical officials and his family said he was in a stable condition.

In an article a year ago calling him "Brazil's Donald Trump", The Economistdescribed Bolsonaro as a "religious nationalist and former army captain, he is anti-gay, pro-gun, and an apologist for dictators who tortured and killed Brazilians between 1964 and 1985". Nearly dead... His condition now seems stable.

Police say that a 40-year-old man, identified as Adelio Bispo...

After his arrest, Mr Bispo de Oliveira said he was "carrying out a divine mission, a mission from God", said Luis Boundens, head of a union of federal police officers. "Their impression is that they were not dealing with a mentally stable person".

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Despite being a long-serving member of congress, he has successfully presented himself as an outsider, untouched by the corruption scandals engulfing so much of the political elite.

He also promises to confront a surge in crime, in part by giving police a freer hand to shoot to kill while on duty.

Bolsonaro, a former military man and lawmaker, has been criticized for outbursts deemed racist, mysogynist and homophobic.

A hospital spokeswoman in the city of Juiz de Fora in Minas Gerais state, where the attack took place, confirmed to Reuters that Bolsonaro had been undergoing surgery but provided no details on his state nor his wounds. 'They made Bolsonaro a martyr, ' said Jonatan Valente, a student.

A handful of Bolsonaro supporters held a vigil in São Paulo on Thursday night, and briefly exchanged insults with leftists.

Bolsonaro has been described a right-wing nationalist and populist, who strongly opposes left-wing policies.

This is not the first time in recent months that violence has touched politicians. In March, while da Silva was campaigning in southern Brazil before his imprisonment, gunshots hit buses in his caravan, although no one was hurt.

While he has a strong following, Bolsonaro is also a deeply polarizing figure.

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