The world has moved on from Trump, even if his most loyal Republican allies have not


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President Donald Trump is rejecting the results of the 2020 election and many of his Republican allies have followed suit, but the rest of the world is not on their side. 

Leaders across the globe, including some with close ties to Trump, have flooded in over the past several days to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. This is a major sign of Biden’s legitimacy in the world’s eyes, and indicative of the empty nature of Trump’s allegations of voter fraud or a “stolen” election. 

The leaders of key US allies and major democracies such as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Emmanuel Macron, among others, have all extended their hands to Biden. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, leader of one of the world’s most populous countries, sent a warm message of congrats to Biden and Harris. “Congratulations Joe Biden on your spectacular victory!” he said. “As the VP, your contribution to strengthening Indo-US relations was critical and invaluable. I look forward to working closely together once again to take India-US relations to greater heights.”

Even leaders widely viewed as close allies of Trump, such as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have congratulated Biden. 

Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris. Joe, we’ve had a long & warm personal relationship for nearly 40 years, and I know you as a great friend of Israel. I look forward to working with both of you to further strengthen the special alliance between the U.S. and Israel.

— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) November 8, 2020


The only remaining holdouts on the global stage as of Tuesday morning were autocratic leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, as well as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro — a far right, populist leader who’s often referred to as the “Trump of the Tropics.”

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has also not yet congratulated Biden, stating he wanted any outstanding legal issues to be resolved. Many of the lawsuits presented by the Trump campaign have already been dismissed in court.

By midday on Saturday, all major news outlets in the US had declared Biden the projected winner of the 2020 election. This includes the conservative-leaning Fox News, which has been Trump’s favorite network for years.

With that said, there’s been a growing rift in the coverage of Trump between the news and opinion ends of Fox News. While the opinion hosts like Sean Hannity continue to side with Trump and are echoing his baseless claims of voter fraud, news anchors at Fox like Neil Cavuto have refused to air the president’s unsubstantiated allegations. 

On Monday, Cavuto cut away from Trump campaign spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany (who is also the White House press secretary) as she pushed groundless assertions that Democrats welcomed illegal voting and fraud. 

“She’s charging the other side as welcoming fraud and illegal voting. Unless she has more details to back that up, I can’t in …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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