Since then, PSD has lost a vote for Chega. Analysts say that may be part of the reason the party is so interested in Mr Garcia. In many respects, her campaign isn’t about whether she wins or not, and PSD hasn’t run Amadora for years, but about changing the party’s image to accommodate the extremes of the party. It seems.
Marina Costa Lobos, a political scientist at the University of Lisbon, said: “By selecting this woman as a candidate for the ethnically diverse Amadra, they are verifying a particular discourse.”
On her side, Garcia says she is often misunderstood. In an interview, she talked about growing up in Mozambique, where her father was based as a geologist, and arriving in Portugal at the age of twelve. The experience she said gave her insight into the challenge of being an immigrant from Africa. Although she is white, she claims some black ancestors (from one grandmother) and states that many of her relatives are darker than her.
But in her television appearance, 45-year-old Garcia has a different tone. In 2016, she became a commentator on the crime news-focused television show SOS 24, and soon became known for her provocative language and heated debate style. Hate crimes were one of her most ardent topics.
In 2019, a 21-year-old student from Cape Verde, Luis Giovani dos Santos Rodriguez returned home from a party when a group of belt-armed men surrounded him and his friends. They beat Dos Santos, who died in the hospital a few days later.
Garcia immediately went into a subsequent debate about whether the attack should be treated as a hate crime.