It is the inevitable reality of occupying the most powerful office of the most powerful country on earth. All other leaders, allies or enemies of the world, are below the food chain and watch over their actions. They take clues; they seek their leadership and try to find ways to exploit their weaknesses.
The main goal is focused on the democratic damage that Trump’s claims will produce nationally. “Their false claims that the election is being made are part of this strategy. They are not true, but they will consider their basis for rejecting the results,” said Brian Klaas, an assistant professor of global policy at University College London.
But experts say Trump̵7;s comments also send the wrong message at a time of growing concern that leaders around the world are trying to exploit the coronavirus pandemic to erode the rule of law.
On the same day that Trump raised the idea of delaying the U.S. election, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanded that Hong Kong hold its own legislative elections in time in September.
“The problem isn’t just that Trump doesn’t endorse the democratic process, it’s that he uses the same strategies as anti-democratic leaders to undermine the democratic process,” said Nic Cheeseman, a professor of democracy at the University of Birmingham.
Cheeseman says there is a “real threat to Trump by sending a message that he will not stand for democracy” that less democratic world leaders will take this as a green light to lower their own standards.
“Leaders around the world are really looking at the international climate to see which ones can escape them. If you see that Trump doesn’t want to be willing to promote democracy in other countries, you breathe forward harming democracy in his own country, the risk for you, for example, to significantly reduce your own choices. ”
Trump’s tweet is the latest in a long line of moves that enforce rules that experts say have damaged the U.S. reputation worldwide. During his presidency, he has fought with friends and enemies alike, threatened by supranational institutions such as NATO and the World Health Organization, and withdrawn from multilateral treaties such as the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate agreement.
These unilateral actions also diminish the diplomatic weight of the United States, according to Dr. Jennifer Cassidy, a diplomatic academic at Oxford University.
“The truth is, that’s where the real soft power lies and has caused a lot of damage during his four years in office,” Cassidy said. “And while America’s allies may host a Biden presidency, seeing it as a return to something more normal, America’s enemies may be much slower in considering Trump’s presidency as previous. once it happens, then why would Iran or China believe someone.how will he not happen again?
It is also impossible to ignore that this behavior has been on full display for the biggest decade the world has faced in decades.
“During a global pandemic, the world needs a leader, someone to help coordinate responses to a virus that knows no borders. Instead, Trump has spent much of his time dealing with unsafe drugs, tweeting conspiracy theories. said Klaas. “When the world looks to America to lead, they are finding a man who is uniquely incapable of leading his country, let alone the world.”
Cheeseman believes his cries would have wrapped up one more punch if they had been ordered by the world’s only hyperpower. “If America had left democratic countries around the world to support democracy in the coronavirus era, I think that could have been really significant. The signal it sends is that we are watching you and we are there.”
Instead, the president has spent much of the pandemic as he spent much of his presidency: picking up struggles and sowing division both at home and abroad.
But experts said the consequences of his latest attempt to undermine the November election could be more significant than the damage caused by the pandemic.
“If he loses, it looks like he is indicating that he will happily try to burn ground in American democratic institutions if he believes it will help save himself or help him save face,” Klaas said.
Should that happen, it’s hard to see how anyone in America other than the president benefits, or how the international impression stops that the United States is at serious risk of being exposed to an unstable political basket.
And both America’s allies and enemies will be aware that the country will be able to do it all over again in four years, if someone Trumpier that Trump decides to lead in 2024.