Jorge Baldor

Jorge Baldor, chair of the World Affairs Council of Dallas and Fort Worth, on Wednesday, May 15, contradicted earlier reports, saying that he and his organization had nothing to do with an invitation extended to homophobic and misogynistic Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to come to Dallas this week.

“He invited himself,” Baldor said of Bolsonaro’s trip to Dallas.

Baldor explained that World Affairs Council has a contract with the city of Dallas to host foreign dignitaries. He also said there is no public forum planned, and that Bolsonaro will attend a private lunch with private individuals.

“He is not getting an award,” Baldor said, contradicting earlier reports that Bolsonaro was coming to Dallas to accept an award from the Brazilian American Chamber of Commerce after venues in New York City refused to host the award ceremony there, and New York Mayor Bill De Blasio refused to participate in any event with Bolsonaro.

“World Affairs Council did not issue an invitation,” Baldor said. “I personally did not issue an invitation. I do not want him here.”

Baldor called previous Dallas Voice reports that he and the World Affairs Council invited Bolsonaro to Dallas “a goddamn lie.” Those reports were based on information from sources with the city. Dallas Voice had attempted to contact World Affairs Council when news of Bolsonaro’s visit to Dallas first surfaced, but got no answer.

Mayor Mike Rawlings confirmed today that he will not attend the luncheon or any other events involving Bolsonaro.

— David Taffet