Donald Trump’s detox world? Barely days after his (finally) departure from the White House, we breathe at least a little better. Let’s face it.
We tune in to CNN and the figure of Trump, present 24/7 or almost for four years and more, is already much rarer there. Except, of course, when it comes to the horrific coup attempt on Capitol Hill on January 6. At the obvious urging of Trump himself.
Still, the looping reports of the multi-billion dollar orange give way to the more reasoned and balanced ones about new President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. A little calm and benevolence, what.
However, as we know – I have also written it over time – despite Trump’s defeat, hateful and racist Trumpism is still far from retiring from public space and so-called social media.
A chaotic movement which, on the other hand, is already starting to lose its footing without its main figurehead.
Agence France-Presse crudely describes the madness that inhabits it:
“The American far right is angry. Angry at Joe Biden, at Donald Trump, at the mysterious “Q” figure, and at herself.
On the internet, the posts and forums where extremists meet have been teeming with disappointment and dissent since the failed Jan. 6 insurgency on Capitol Hill in Washington, and since Joe Biden was inaugurated as President of the United States.
Followers of QAnon, a conspiratorial movement with its oracle “Q”, are mostly in disarray, their millennial predictions of chaos with the Democrat coming to power not – for now – coming true.
Ultranationalist, white supremacist and other neo-Nazi groups have been driven further underground with the arrests of their members who took part in the insurgency on Capitol Hill.
According to experts on extremist movements and domestic terrorism, the end of the Trump presidency has been a setback for these groups.
But they also claim that the latter are far from disappearing and that they are, in a way, even more prone to turning to violence. (…)
Far from being exhausted, “the energy and dynamics of the far right are stronger than at any time in recent history,” also underlines Colin P. Clarke of the Soufan Group, a research group. in security and intelligence. (…)
For Colin P. Clarke, violent right-wing groups need only recruit a small proportion of followers of movements like QAnon to build networks capable of destructive violence.
The researcher compares the level of anger to that which existed in the early 1990s, when several acts of domestic terrorism were carried out by anti-government extremists, such as the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 165 people in 1995. “
Not out of Trumpism
In short, the United States and the West, including Canada, are not yet out of the Trumpian inn. Far from it.
This movement is too broad and too diffuse to disappear with the wave of an electoral magic wand.
What to do?
Politically, Joe Biden just won’t be allowed to make mistakes.
In addition to having to navigate a global pandemic that in less than a year will have killed more than 400,000 Americans, the very manner in which he performs his presidential duties will need to serve as a positive example.
To inspire the best in a population, a leader doesn’t necessarily have to be charismatic. He must, however, rule by example.
This mission, complex to carry out in a severely polarized country, Joe Biden is fully aware that it is now his.
As he promised, will he really be able to encourage Americans to hold less aggressive, less hateful public debates?
One of the keys to a possible post-Trumpism, if it is even conceivable considering the continuous radicalization of the Republican Party for fifteen years, it is this one.