At a private gathering last evening, President Trump praised China’s President Xi Jinping for recently consolidating power. “He’s now president for life. President for life. No, he’s great,” Trump said. “And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot some day.”
This public posture represents a major turning point in the geopolitical realm and further undermines America’s legitimacy in the world among citizens of the free world and those who aspire to live in the free world. But, again, none of this is surprising. America knew what it was getting when it elected this man.
Right-wing and autocratic forces are on the rise throughout the world, in not only the countries mentioned above but also in Eastern Europe and elsewhere. There was a time when America, at least publicly, stood with the people. No more. It’s the autocrats we now support.
But it is what it is, and we are whom we are. I wish we would have done better for you and your generation, Vera. Perhaps you can help reclaim the mantle of democratic leadership that we so carelessly guarded.