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[COMMENTARY] Jokowi must not be tempted to follow Trump's lead

  • Kornelius Purba

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, January 20, 2021   /  09:55 pm
[COMMENTARY] Jokowi must not be tempted to follow Trump's lead Former US President Donald Trump waves as he boards Marine One at the White House in Washington, DC, on Wednesday. President Trump travels his Mar-a-Lago golf club residence in Palm Beach, Florida, and will not attend the inauguration for President Joe Biden. (Agence France Presse/Mandel Ngan)

Some world leaders, either from advanced or developing countries, not excluding Indonesia, one day may be eager to emulate former United States president Donald Trump, who brilliantly manipulated his fanatical followers to do whatever he wanted, even if it put their own lives at risk. Even though Trump legitimately lost the election, his die-hard supporters still believe he is an innocent victim of election fraud. To be honest, initially I was reluctant to believe that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo would feel tempted to take advantage of millions of his loyal supporters, who are not prepared to follow any leader other than Jokowi. The urge to run again may arise when his second five-year term draws to a close in October 2024. Trump is slated to take his final flight on Air Force One to Florida just a few hours before Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are sworn in as the 46th...