Bolsonaro has vowed to turn up pressure on Venezuela's authoritarian leftist government to hold free elections that could stem the flow of refugees into neighboring Brazil and Colombia, also governed by a conservative president.
Bolsonaro told TV Band, one of Brazil's major channels, it was his left-wing detractors who were fascists, not him. Yet, over time Brazil's political class became corruption-stained, and at some point most voters lost faith in that leadership.
Third-place presidential candidate Ciro Gomes, a centre-leftist, accused the PT of aiding and abetting Bolsonaro's rise. Bolsonaro has publicly mocked women and their appearance - once telling a female lawmaker that, "I wouldn't rape you because you don't deserve it" - mocked minority groups, threatened to jail his political opponents and warned that immigrants are eroding Brazilian culture.
Bolsonaro, who has expressed admiration for dictators including Chile's Augusto Pinochet, claimed many Brazilians now believed Brazil's military regime "wasn't a dictatorship as the left has always preached".
"In the past, we were leaders on this front and we will once again lead in the short term, most certainly", Bolsonaro said in the video, recorded before his election win on Sunday.
Brazil's environment and agriculture ministers on Wednesday criticized President-elect Jair Bolsonaro's plans to merge their two departments, saying it would hurt the country's agenda on both fronts.
Anielle Franco, whose sister was a prominent black and LGBT rights activist until her death in March, said Bolsonaro's victory had already unleashed a wave of hatred in Brazil.
Paulo Guedes, whom Bolsonaro selected as a "super minister" with a portfolio combining the current ministries of finance, planning and development, has urged Congress to pass an initial version of pension reform before the January 1 inauguration.
Charles Tang, chairman of the Brazil-China chamber of commerce in Rio de Janeiro, said he believes Bolsonaro will moderate his positions once in office, and that the president-elect's attempts to forge closer ties to the Trump administration should not harm relations with China. For example, Brazil is set to host a summit next year of the so-called BRICS nations, the emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
How that tough talk might translate into policy is not clear. We've collected Foreign Policy's best articles on Bolsonaro's victory and where he'll go from here.
Brazil is already the deadliest country in the world in which to defend your land, with at least 57 people murdered previous year, 25 of them in three massacres.
"There will be people to advise him on the impacts and he will listen", he said.