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Sun Oct 18, 2020, 12:41 PM

Rightwing populists place their bets on four more years of Trump

Source: The Guardian

Rightwing populists place their bets on four more years of Trump

Leaders from Viktor Orbán to Jair Bolsonaro are wary of a return to geopolitics as usual

Shaun Walker in Budapest and Tom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro
Sun 18 Oct 2020 16.55 BST

In Budapest, Hungary’s far-right prime minister, Viktor Orbán, says he is “rooting for another victory for Donald Trump”. In Rio de Janeiro, Jair Bolsonaro has been pictured in a Trump 2020 campaign hat.

Rightwing nationalist politicians around the globe are abandoning the usual diplomatic etiquette of hedging bets before foreign elections and instead are throwing their support firmly behind Trump in November’s US vote in the hope that he can confound the pollsters for a second time and win another four years in power.

While surveys suggest that a comfortable majority of the global population disapproves of Trump, insurgent far-right movements are wary of a return to geopolitics as usual if he leaves the White House.

“We are very familiar with the foreign policy of US Democratic administrations, built as it is on moral imperialism,” Orbán, who has positioned himself as Europe’s leading proponent of “illiberal democracy”, wrote in a recent essay. “We have tasted it – albeit under duress. We didn’t like it and we don’t want a second helping.”

Last week Trump’s challenger, Joe Biden, said “all the thugs in the world” were drawing inspiration from Trump, name-checking the governments in Hungary and Poland and drawing a furious response from Hungarian officials.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/oct/18/rightwing-populists-place-their-bets-on-four-more-years-of-trump

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Sun Oct 18, 2020, 02:45 PM

1. It's not just America we will save by voting Trump out.

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