Saturday, January 29

Elections in the US: “Trump tries to discredit democracy to stay in power”

  • Gerardo Lissardy
  • BBC News World, New York


Donald Trump denounced a “huge fraud” against him, without offering proof.

As an expert on presidential power and democracy, William Howell observes with alarm the attitude of President Donald Trump after Tuesday’s elections in the United States.

This political science professor at the University of Chicago believes it is unlikely that, by speaking without evidence of electoral fraud and launching legal battles, Trump will win a second term if he loses to his Democratic rival Joe Biden.

But Howell warns in an interview with BBC Mundo that the president sows anger and discontent among the population that will have dangerous consequences in the future.

The following is a synthesis edited for clarity of the telephone dialogue with Howell, author of the recent book “Presidents, Populism, and the Crisis of Democracy”:

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