The Debate

Stable democracy? America after the storming of the Capitol


Is America's legacy in doubt? The world's most powerful nation has been a stable democracy for most of the better part of two centuries. As the planet awakens to images of the first storming of the US Capitol since the British did it in the War of 1812, there are those who will focus on security lapses: how did crowd control get so easily overwhelmed?


There are those who will fixate on an outgoing US president who earlier in the day egged on a mob and who later continued to send mixed messages, even while lawmakers were hunkering down. There may even be those who say it is all a bad dream: a fringe president whose fringe loyalists came to Washington for one last hurrah two weeks before Inauguration Day.

But more than 74 million Americans voted for Donald Trump. How many still support him and his false claim of a stolen election? Where does it leave his party? His successor? And where does it leave the United States of America?

Produced by Alessandro Xenos, Juliette Laurain and Léopoldine Iribarren.

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