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[INSIGHT] Democracy challenged: Donald Trump, Min Aung Hlaing, and Indonesia

[INSIGHT] Democracy challenged: Donald Trump, Min Aung Hlaing, and Indonesia In this file handout picture released by Myanmar State Counselor Office and taken on Oct. 15, 2018, Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (left) and military chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing attend a meeting in Naypyidaw. Myanmar's military seized power in a bloodless coup on Feb. 1, detaining democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi as it imposed a one-year state of emergency. (Agence France Presse/Handout)
Donald K. Emmerson
California, United States   ●   Fri, February 5, 2021

Above all, Trump wanted to be a winner. History granted his wish. He is the first president in the 245-year life of his country to have been impeached twice. By that standard, he won the title of Worst American President (AWP) — worse than any of the 44 presidents who preceded him.

AWP rhymes with gawp, and that’s what he also wanted: To be stared at, talked about, catered to, the center of fawning attention, unforgettably present, dominating the news, astride the world in which the news is made. He wanted applause. His ravenous insecurity — narcissism — inflated his ego to continental size. In effect, in his authoritarian imagination, the “extremely stable genius” that he called...

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