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President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden during the second and final presidential debate President Donald Trump, left, and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden during the second and final presidential debate, Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 22, 2020 (AP photo by Patrick Semansky).

‘Reality Is Catching Up’: Edward Luce on Trump, the Election and What Comes After

Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020

Over the past four years, American politics have been consumed and subsumed by one man: Donald Trump. Since his election in 2016, Trump’s disregard for convention has upended the norms of the U.S. presidency and undermined the separation of powers on which America’s constitutional system depends. His iconoclastic approach to foreign policy has further frayed the global order the U.S. has historically used to advance its interests, while raising questions about America’s commitment and dependability as an ally. Long-standing political partisanship and divisions within the U.S. have become particularly acute in the runup to next week’s election, amid heightened anxiety over the potential for tampering and manipulation of the outcome.

In today’s big picture Trend Lines interview, Edward Luce joins WPR’s editor-in-chief, Judah Grunstein, to discuss the impact of Trump’s four years in office, the atmosphere surrounding next week’s election and what’s at stake for America and the world. Luce is a columnist and the U.S. national editor for the Financial Times, and has long been a highly regarded observer of American politics, which he has been covering for FT since 2006. Click here to read a transcript of an excerpt from the interview.

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Trend Lines is edited by Peter Dörrie, a freelance journalist and analyst focusing on security and resource politics in Africa. You can follow him on Twitter at @peterdoerrie.

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