Hassan Talks Trumpism Beyond 2020 Election with VOA Kurdish Service

News | December 01, 2020

On November 21, EWI's Vice President of the Middle East and North Africa Program, Kawa Hassan, gave an interview to Voice of America Kurdish Service on the survival of Trumpism beyond the 2020 November election.

Click here to listen to the interview in Kurdish. Click here to read an Arabic translation of the remarks. Read an English translation of the remarks, below. 

While Joe Biden won the election, we should not forget that over 70 million Americans voted for Trump. President Trump also enjoys support in Europe, especially among far-right parties and people anxious about identity loss due to migration. Luckily, the pro-Biden groups in Europe are bigger than those who support Trump. Therefore, "Trumpism" is not only an American phenomenon, but rather a global one. 

The world—not only the U.S.—is in a deep identity and economic crisis. The root causes of this social and political transformation are complex and complicated. While globalization led to unprecedented technological development and generated social mobility, it also created and increased economic inequalities. In particular, less educated populations in the U.S., and for that matter, in Europe and around the world, have seen their wages decrease, some even lost their jobs, perhaps for good.

The Trump presidency has undermined American [and Western liberal] democracy. Authoritarian leaders in China, Russia and elsewhere are delighted about the current, structural crisis of liberal democracy—they tell their people and others, look at the "decay of democracy" in the West, our political system is better than democracy.  

The problem is that not only does Donald Trump not recognize the election results, but that his supporters firmly believe the elections were rigged, despite the fact that they cannot present any proof to substantiate their claim. The fear of an eruption of violence is valid, but American institutions such as the judiciary and election monitoring, are strong and I think in the end, the U.S. will pass this crisis and power will be transferred to Biden. The election of Trump in 2016 and the fact that over 70 million Americans voted for him in 2020 offers a lesson for the entire world. To understand Trumpism [and produce an alternative political vision and economic model], we need to understand the root causes that led to its emergence and expansion in the first place.