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Symptom Controlled, Disease Persists

Biden’s policy of the “return to the normal” would be inadequate to decisively defeat Trumpism.

With the defeat of Donald Trump in the presidential election, progressive sections in the United States (US) and the world over have heaved a sigh of relief. Despite the angry backlash of socially dominant forces and the questionable nature of the election system, the majority of the US electorate succeeded in removing the person from the helm of affairs who in all means represents an antithesis to the enlightenment values. He is a man who defies truth and science, endorses the culture of fake news, challenges the basic tenets of the rule of law and all other constitutional checks and balances, detests the rule-based international order, and feels more comfortable in the company of authoritarian demagogues of different countries. So, the celebration is well-deserved. But as the reality sinks in, the very reality brought to the fore by this election, this joy and the sense of achievement are bound to be short-lived. It is no mean matter that this very man got endorsement from around 47.5% of the electorate (more than 7.25 crore voters). No leader, other than Joe Biden, has received so many votes in US history.

Though the mandate against him is decisive, as these lines are being written, Trump has not accepted the results. As per apprehensions, he and his Republican Party have launched numerous lawsuits in different states challenging the validity of the polling and counting process. They have launched a propaganda blitz and have blocked the process of power transition that should have begun as soon as the election results became clear. Whatever be the final outcome of this process, it is obvious that by this audacity, Trump’s team has conveyed its message to its enraged support base that the election has been stolen from them. It has resulted in numerous street protests of right-wing groups in different cities of the country. We can safely presume that these groups are only going to be more radicalised in the coming days.

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Updated On : 24th Nov, 2020

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