America’s democracy is divided, polarized and fragmenting. Inequality and internal division have a long history. But Trump’s lasting influence on the Republican party, and politics more broadly, continues to leave a mark. Repeated denials of President Joe Biden’s 2020 election win, wrapped in claims of electoral fraud, have eroded faith in the democratic institutions.
The memories of 6 January are still fresh, reminding all of the dangers posed by such actions. All told, America’s democracy has taken a beating in recent years.
To help make sense of the events over recent years and consequences for the coming mid-terms, Peter Baker and Susan Glasser (authors of The Divider: Trump in the White House 2017–2021) walk through in detail how the American politics of today has been arrived at.
Key questions discussed include:
What has been learned from the January 6 Committee?
Is there a likelihood of a similar event in the future?
When and how will Trump lose his influence over the Republican party?
What are the broader ramifications of the Trump era?
What did the events of 6 January mean for America’s relationships globally?
As with all Chatham House member events, questions from members drive the conversation.