What The U.S. Election Meltdown Looks Like to Other Countries

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United Kingdom -‘Guys, you’re a rich country; can’t you just employ a few more ballot counters?’

Over on this side of the Atlantic, we have noticed that, notwithstanding the experience of almost four years of Trump in office, more than 70,000,000 Americans voted to give him a second term; that more than 80 percent of Republican voters think that the election was rigged; and that, according to multiple media reports, Trump is discussing a run again in 2024. So it might just take a little longer than four years of President Biden to restore America’s reputation as the strongest, staunchest and most dependable of allies.


South Korea -‘Broadcasters delivered shocking images of long lines wrapped around polling stations where masks and sanitizer were scant’

A growing number of South Koreans see the United States as a country past its glory days due to Donald Trump’s presidency. And the election itself has made some South Koreans question whether the United States is truly a democracy. Koreans themselves use a popular vote. It’s simply unfathomable for many of them to think that some people’s votes outweigh others or that a candidate can win the popular vote and still lose. It’s why the results of 2016 were shocking to many, and explains the confusion some felt with the United States’ fixation on a few states. Following Election Day, newspapers ran headlines like “The surprising election system that make you wonder ‘Is the U.S. actually a democratic country?’” and “’Winner takes all’: the U.S.’s weird democracy,” questioning the uncertainty surrounding the race despite Biden’s lead in overall votes.


Israel - ‘Trump’s behavior in the face of defeat is a gift to bad actors in the Middle East’

Trump’s denial of the election results, and his attack on the integrity of the election, could ultimately become a larger feature of his legacy in our part of the world than any policy decisions he made as president. His behavior in the face of defeat is a gift to bad actors in the region, such as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the mullahs in Tehran, who have their own history of undermining and even overturning elections results that threatened their hold on power. However, it has been encouraging to see at least some Republicans, such as President George W. Bush and Senator Mitt Romney, acknowledge Biden’s victory and call for an orderly transfer of power.


Germany - ‘Worries about the long-term stability of German-U.S. relations remain’

The Trump era has led many Germans to question the overall stability of American democracy. According to a poll for the public TV station ARD taken the day after the election, while 85 percent of respondents welcomed a Biden victory, 77 percent were worried about developments in the United States in the ensuing weeks and only 38 percent expressed confidence in U.S. courts to adjudicate disputes fairly. The overall sentiment in Germany can thus be summarized as one of relief at the apparent outcome of the election, while worries about the long-term stability of German-U.S. relations remain.


Russia - ‘Some surely gloated over the American “beacon of democracy” failing to manage a democratic election.’

The infatuation with America that peaked during Mikhail Gorbachev’s perestroika gradually gave way to resentment, as the U.S., now the sole superpower, pursued policies, such as NATO enlargement or the bombing of Yugoslavia, in full disregard of Russia’s interests and concerns. The 2014 annexation of Crimea was a turning point: As the West condemned and punished Russia for the very act that made its people feel strong and proud, Russians overwhelmingly shared the Kremlin’s anti-American sentiment. During the Trump presidency, when the U.S. mainstream media engaged in persistent Russia-bashing and in digging up “secret schemes” aimed at installing a “Kremlin’s candidate” in the White House and undermining American democracy, America was progressively losing its luster, even among westernized and liberal-minded Russians.


China - ‘One recent meme showed Trump with a credit score of 116 out of 950’

In 2020, America’s mishandling of Covid-19 had fueled a dismissive attitude from many Chinese toward democracy. The contested presidential election just further validated the sense of “Chinese exceptionalism,” especially among nationalists. Many in China believe a Joe Biden presidency won’t be able to restore the relationship between the two world’s biggest economies. Believing that the United States will continue to take measures to contain China’s rise, they are ready for a rocky, if not rockier, U.S.-China relationship in the four years ahead.


Mexico and Latin America - ‘Characterizations regarding the “bananization” of U.S. democracy and electoral processes naturally abound’

Donald Trump has been trolling democracy and political norms for the past four years, and he is now trolling the Constitution of the United States. And what happens to democracy here has a domino effect for liberal democracies elsewhere around the world, particularly at a time when the United States—and Trump’s diplomatic vandalism and havoc, and his Sinatra Doctrine of “my way or the highway”—has created a vacuum in terms of its geopolitical engagement and constructive leadership. What’s happening today in the United States is scrutinized with a sense of bewilderment, concern and, in some cases, derision, in capitals across the hemisphere. And of course, characterizations regarding the “bananization” of U.S. democracy and electoral processes naturally abound in a region where O. Henry’s coined term of banana republics was first applied.


Eastern Europe - ‘My father spent hours with me on the phone theorizing whether Philly suburban votes would be enough to land Biden the victory’

The 2020 election campaign in the U.S. was a much-needed reality check for us. Some conclusions were dark. Looking at America openly playing with authoritarianism made us realize that no democracy is immune to collapse. Watching severe polarization in the United States and seeing the same happening in our region made us realize that we face a much bigger global challenge than just bridging a national divide.


Iraq - ‘2020 showed Iraqis that even the United States does not always have everything figured out’

The Iraqi people have had no say on their government’s choices and actions but have consistently been on the receiving end of often unwanted American attention. From the strangling economic sanctions of the 90s and bombing campaigns during the Bill Clinton administration, through the invasion and failure of state building of President G.W. Bush’s two terms, and to the Obama era indifference, Iraqis do not exactly have the rosiest perception of American messaging on democracy.


Kenya: ‘A Kenyan election in the United States is not something one sees every day’

It is a bittersweet moment. On the one hand, an entitled, boastful, self-righteous bully is getting his comeuppance. On the other, this will do real damage to those who look to the United States to support them in their own democratic struggles. Already, in countries like Tanzania, Guinea and Cote D’Ivoire, autocrats have basically ignored concerned statements from the U.S. State Department. Joe Biden may try to re-establish U.S. democratic hegemony with his proposed Summit for Democracy, but there’s probably no going back to the status quo. The only path left is one where the United States demonstrates it can take the medicine it has long prescribed to others—democratic reform.


Iran - ‘Ordinary Iranians now know the number of electoral votes in Wisconsin and Michigan’

Trump’s uncommon rhetoric against his rivals, his attacks on the media and his allegations of fraud have damaged the image of the United States around the world. Iranians are not unfamiliar with this kind of politics, as they have had their own share of populism over the decades. But seeing the same trends happen in the United States has been a big surprise. Many Iranians compare Donald Trump to former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, both in rhetoric and in action, and now in their handling of their re-election.


Afghanistan - ‘Afghans took the liberty of offering to intervene.’

Afghans, who consider themselves well-versed and experienced in issues of political deadlocks and elections dispute, took the liberty of offering to intervene and broker similar deals between President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden in 2020. Others offered to send Dr. Abdullah, who is currently the Chairperson of the High Council for National Reconciliation, another position: mediator. Many Afghans on social media platforms seemed to take a dark pleasure in these jokes, which reflected the widespread displeasure among Afghans of the extent of U.S. influence on their elections.

https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/11/22/us-election-foreign-observers-438691
 

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Go4Broke, love many of your posts, man, as they are informative.
Criticism (sorry): When they are this long, people are less likely to read them.
Suggestion: Break them down into one subject at a time, to get at least a glance of the headline from your audience. I'm guessing almost all of the RWers - the ones who really need to be reading the important info you are presenting - skip right over this due to length.
 

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The Republican Party has done more to harm liberal democracy across the world than I could have ever imagined. At the very least, we now have absolutely zero credibility on the world stage when it comes to criticizing the way any other country runs its government. In just four years, Republicans have destroyed so much that made us great, so much that made us a beacon of righteousness across the world. The world is now increasingly looking elsewhere for world leadership in the huge power vacuum that the Republicans have created. And for what? Gut wrenching. Heartbreaking.
 

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The Republican Party has done more to harm liberal democracy across the world than I could have ever imagined. At the very least, we now have absolutely zero credibility on the world stage when it comes to criticizing the way any other country runs its government. In just four years, Republicans have destroyed so much that made us great, so much that made us a beacon of righteousness across the world. The world is now increasingly looking elsewhere for world leadership in the huge power vacuum that the Republicans have created. And for what? Gut wrenching. Heartbreaking.
If this country were to descend into chaos, the entire world suddenly becomes a less stable and more dangerous place. I do believe that's the ultimate goal of all this.
 

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If this country were to descend into chaos, the entire world suddenly becomes a less stable and more dangerous place. I do believe that's the ultimate goal of all this.
That's the goal of actual sh1thead fascists like Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller. But for what reason would Republicans in power want to tear us down and knock us completely off our pedestal just to destabilize the world? What's in it for the Chuck Grassleys and the Ben Sasses and the Susan Collins and the Lamar Alexanders and the Mitch McConnells of the world to do so? Each of these very powerful, wealthy people have had chances to slow down the rise of fascism and have chosen to follow it and largely (or fully) support it, instead.
 

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That's the goal of actual sh1thead fascists like Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller. But for what reason would Republicans in power want to tear us down and knock us completely off our pedestal just to destabilize the world? What's in it for the Chuck Grassleys and the Ben Sasses and the Susan Collins and the Lamar Alexanders and the Mitch McConnells of the world to do so? Each of these very powerful, wealthy people have had chances to slow down the rise of fascism and have chosen to follow it and largely (or fully) support it, instead.
Everyone has their own motivation. I think, for the Republican Party, they're grabbing at the brass ring of permanent minority rule. They know--and have said it themselves with words--that this is an inflection point, a key point in history. This is their last, best chance to seize this kind of power, and they're going to pull out all the stops.
 

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Everyone has their own motivation. I think, for the Republican Party, they're grabbing at the brass ring of permanent minority rule. They know--and have said it themselves with words--that this is an inflection point, a key point in history. This is their last, best chance to seize this kind of power, and they're going to pull out all the stops.
Something close to this is correct.

They knew the younger generations no longer believe in the lies of "personal responsibility" that is the foundation of their way of life.

They're dying out. But you can always convince someone to switch sides with the temptation of power.
 

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The Republican Party has done more to harm liberal democracy across the world than I could have ever imagined. At the very least, we now have absolutely zero credibility on the world stage when it comes to criticizing the way any other country runs its government. In just four years, Republicans have destroyed so much that made us great, so much that made us a beacon of righteousness across the world. The world is now increasingly looking elsewhere for world leadership in the huge power vacuum that the Republicans have created. And for what? Gut wrenching. Heartbreaking.
Who wins big?
CHINA!!!
 

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Go4Broke, love many of your posts, man, as they are informative.
Criticism (sorry): When they are this long, people are less likely to read them.
Suggestion: Break them down into one subject at a time, to get at least a glance of the headline from your audience. I'm guessing almost all of the RWers - the ones who really need to be reading the important info you are presenting - skip right over this due to length.
Thanks for the suggestions. I will keep them in mind.
 
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