Trump leaves US fault lines exposed

Pandemic exacerbates the sores beneath - racial, cultural and economic fissures

People raising their fists while protesting at the makeshift memorial in honour of Mr George Floyd on June 4 last year in Minneapolis, Minnesota. On May 25 that year, the 46-year-old black man suspected of passing a counterfeit bill died in Minneapol
People raising their fists while protesting at the makeshift memorial in honour of Mr George Floyd on June 4 last year in Minneapolis, Minnesota. On May 25 that year, the 46-year-old black man suspected of passing a counterfeit bill died in Minneapolis after a white police officer pressed his knee to Mr Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
People raising their fists while protesting at the makeshift memorial in honour of Mr George Floyd on June 4 last year in Minneapolis, Minnesota. On May 25 that year, the 46-year-old black man suspected of passing a counterfeit bill died in Minneapol
A man carrying a shield joining supporters of President Donald Trump in front of the US Capitol Building in Washington on Jan 6. An almost entirely white mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol that day. PHOTO: REUTERS
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President Donald Trump's four years in many ways tore the bandages off the United States.

The pandemic, mismanagement of which will also be part of his legacy, only exacerbated the sores beneath - racial, cultural and economic fault lines.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 16, 2021, with the headline Trump leaves US fault lines exposed. Subscribe