People around the world struggling against dictatorships and fighting for democracy have often looked to the United States for inspiration. But America’s democratic credentials have been tarnished. The assault on democracy on Jan. 6 was the culmination of years of Donald Trump inciting his base with hateful rhetoric and radicalizing people, who eventually led an insurgency on the country’s elections and transition of power. The extent to which these elements succeeded in breaching the Capitol was described by Politico as a “strategic failure” of security and police forces. Others have described it as a double standard that comes with white privilege. In fact, it’s both.
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