Trump must not be how American democracy dies

Activists at a candlelight vigil on Sunday to remember those who have lost their lives as a result of the Covid-19 disease and to protest against US President Donald Trump’s campaign, in front of the Miami airport in Florida.
Activists at a candlelight vigil on Sunday to remember those who have lost their lives as a result of the Covid-19 disease and to protest against US President Donald Trump’s campaign, in front of the Miami airport in Florida.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

(FINANCIAL TIMES) - Upon arriving in New York as a refugee, aged 11, I soon became a proud and grateful American. Later, as a US diplomat, I often pointed to the country's democratic institutions and venerable electoral process as models. Foreign friends endorsed this assessment. When people looked to the United States, they generally liked what they saw.

This month, those happy memories feel far away.

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