It began with the best of intentions. Congressman Paulo Pimenta (from the Workers’ Party), representing the state of Rio Grande do Sul, attempted to defend President Dilma Rousseff from accusations of criminal activity made during a session of the House’s Special Impeachment Committee. But he made a major slip: he started referring to Rousseff as “the former President,” and stopped himself as the words were coming out of his mouth.
Pimenta’s face, when he realizes what he was about to say, is heartbreaking.
It was enough for the other congressmen – especially Rousseff’s opposition – to begin shouting some pretty reassuring phrases for the future of Rousseff’s presidential term, such as “It’s all over!” and “She has fallen!”