The world is heaving a collective sigh of relief today. Thank you, America, for electing Joe Biden to be the next president of the United States.
We shouldn’t forget, however, that some 70 million Americans voted for Trump. As Peter Singer writes in Has America Lost its Soul? those 70 million people voted for someone who has said on 40 separate occasions that the virus causing covid would go away despite knowing otherwise. They voted for someone who doesn’t believe in climate change and who has not only embraced fossil fuels, but has reversed progress on renewable energy made under Barack Obama. They voted for someone who has paid no tax at all for the last 15 years and is therefore either a tax cheat or a terrible businessman. They voted for a narcissist, a serial liar, and a man who boasts of groping women. They voted for a man whose ethical compass is set only by how it can further his own personal interests. They voted for someone who separates children from their parents. Worst of all, they voted for someone who is prepared to do whatever it takes, including breaking the law, for his own personal gain.
Many of us around the world are shocked that so many voted for Trump but we should remember that people once also voted for Hitler. In 1932, the Nazies under Adolf Hitler won 37.3% of the popular vote. Similarly Mussolini was voted in by the people in 1924. That was the last election in Italy until 1946.
It’s good that we have diversity of opinion in politics and that there are opposing parties to keep the other side honest. But Donald Trump was in a different ball game. He was in it entirely for himself and for his own personal gain. He has no integrity, no honour, no ethical compass whatsoever. It will be a good day indeed when the world sees the back of Donald Trump.