Comment: America’s authoritarian rivals are satisfied with chaotic election

Trump’s mendacious claims of electoral fraud not only further demean him, but also damage the USA’s global image and the cause of liberal democracy everywhere

25th November, 2020
Comment: America’s authoritarian rivals are satisfied with chaotic election
In arguing that his loss – by about six million votes – must be a fraud, Trump is behaving just as he did when he was an expensively failing businessman. Picture: Getty

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in the 1970s was a product of the Cold War stand-off between the liberal democratic West and the communist Soviet bloc. The body’s name accurately described its role. As the Soviet empire crumbled, the OSCE turned to nurturing countries’ transition to democracy, including by helping them run free and fair elections.

The world paid close attention to OSCE observation missions’ verdict on elections...

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