Trump Still Casts a Shadow Over Biden’s Pro-Democracy Ambitions

People watch then-President Donald Trump, on left of video screen, and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speak during a presidential debate watch party, San Francisco, Oct. 22, 2020 (AP photo by Jeff Chiu).
People watch then-President Donald Trump, on left of video screen, and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speak during a presidential debate watch party, San Francisco, Oct. 22, 2020 (AP photo by Jeff Chiu).
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The second impeachment trial of Donald Trump presents a dilemma for Joe Biden, who wants to make democracy promotion a central plank of his foreign policy. How can the United States claim to embody, much less promote, democratic values when one of its two major political parties is gripped by an emergent, homegrown fascism? Unless and until the Republican Party or its successor unequivocally repudiates the authoritarian cult of Trumpism and the conspiratorial mindset that fuels it, the United States will remain a house divided, lacking credibility to advance the cause of democracy and the institutions of free societies abroad. […]

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