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Jakarta Post

Toward a post-Trump America and world order

  • Dino Patti-Djalal


Jakarta   /   Mon, July 13 2020   /  01:00 am
US President Donald Trump (left)and former US vice president Joe Biden.(AFP/Jim Watson/ Dominick Reuter )

I know many of us got this wrong in the past, but I am willing to bet my house that President Donald J. Trump is finished. Either by a small or large margin, the incumbent will lose the US elections in November. It will not be Joe Biden that will beat Trump: Donald Trump is the cause of his own demise. His unmistakable “authenticity”, an asset that distinguished him from his political competitors in the past, is now a liability. His notorious claim of invincibility – that he could “shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and still get elected” – no longer holds weight today. In 2016, Trump received a sizeable vote from Americans who voted for him not so much because they believed in him, but because they did not like Hilary Clinton. That dynamic will no longer be at work this coming November. I cannot give you a fancy formula, but I do know this from...