Looking across the Atlantic, British mayhem was both satisfying and unsettling. Americans, whose democracy barely survived four years of Trump, reflexively drew comparisons between the crimes that caused the UK Conservative Party and much of the UK to turn their backs on Johnson and the far more murderous and dangerous actions of the former US president, who remains to this day. the most powerful figure
in the Republican Party and looks set to run for president again.
Both Johnson and Trump came to power with long records
breaking the rules, dishonesty and cheating. Their supporters knew whom they were electing. Their lifetime models continuation
in the office.
However, by Trump’s standards, Johnson’s lies and misdeeds when he was prime minister hardly fit the evening news.
The Tory leaders thought it was a tribute to British democracy.enough is enough
“after Johnson was caught lying. The incredible last straw, the one that broke the back of a notoriously overworked camel, fell after he appointed Chris Pincher
to a leadership position after he was accused of sexual harassment. (In a letter of resignation to Johnson Pincher pleaded not guilty
bluntly, writing “I drank too much last night” and “embarrassed myself and other people.”)
Then, in light of his resignation, other allegations of Pincher’s past behavior resurfaced. For some unknown reason, Johnson kept changing his story about why he nominated Pincher. Instead of admitting his mistake and moving on, he argued
he was unaware of the specific allegations.
Imagine this under Trump. He is unlikely to enter the first thousand scandals.
For Johnson, this was layered on top of other high-profile controversies. The most notable wasA party
“A months-long series of dodges about Johnson’s many parties on Downing Street when the country was under strict quarantine due to Covid-19. The lies were debunked by photographs of the prime minister and his celebratory guests, booze in hand
even after Johnson feigned innocence, claiming that he “implicitly believed
that it was a work event.”
He became the first British Prime Minister to be fined for breaking the law and apologized to Parliament.unconditionally
“But he remained in his post and continued to play with the truth.
Johnson’s behavior and his disregard for the truth – what helped him
getting to the office was shocking by ordinary standards. By the standards of Trump, who spoke mind-blowing 30,573 reads
and misleading statements while President, and did not stop after leaving office, it was a feeble effort.
After all, Johnson was and remains a powerful, charismatic politician who felt that the rules were made for others and made up stories without remorse to get his way. Almost every time he got away with it. But he was not a darkly vicious figure of the caliber that threatened American democracy. He was more of the small-caliber variety, the kind that progressively destroys norms and values—a long-term threat rather than an immediate threat.
When he resigned as party leader, the utterly unwavering Johnson blamed not himself, but “herd instinct
“If this was the herd instinct, then it was a very welcome revival of respect for decency, a belated recognition that leaders with an empty ethical core are dangerous to democracy.
Americans weren’t the only ones who automatically thought of Trump when they heard that Johnson had finally been brought to justice. Throughout Europe, many have drawn the analogy. Guy Verhofstadt, longtime Belgian prime minister and now a prominent member of the European Parliament, tweeted: “Boris Johnson’s reign ends in disgrace. just like his friend Donald Trump
. The end of the era of transatlantic populism? Let’s hope. ”
But Americans aren’t so sure that Trump’s reign has finally come to an end. Majority Trump better go
. But he won’t. Not after two impeachments, not after he allegedly led a failed coup attempt, not after an election that he decisively lost but still insists on winning.
Although it was not easy and they waited too long, it was easier for British Conservative leaders to turn their backs on their boss than for American Republicans. In the UK, they supported him and mostly tolerated Johnson’s misdeeds. In the US, countless elected Republicans have done much more than tolerate Trump’s lies. They have hugged them
strengthened them cast your lot
with lies and liars.
However, last week’s events in London open up the possibility of allowing a glimmer of hope that those who promoted, defended or quietly tolerated Trump will one day decide that they, too, have reached their limit. And that enough of them will say it out loud so that they can force this most undemocratic of players off the stage and move on to healing a divided and debilitated country – and its badly battered democracy.