He’s gone but certainly not forgotten. You know who I’m talking about. Long, dark coat, long red tie, orange hair. The man who dominated the airwaves for four chaotic years of his presidency, culminating in a riotous mob attacking the heart of US democracy at the Capitol, the impact from which will be felt for who knows how long. But the podcast is not all about him. We’ve divided into two parts: the first half assessing the Trump Administration in true ‘Over Here, Over There’ fashion; and then we turn our attention to the new Biden-Harris administration and what it means for the rest of the world.
Host Dan Harris is joined by co-host and fellow podcaster Claudia Koestler, Senior Editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany’s largest quality newspaper; Bill Barnard, former Chair of Democrats Abroad UK and the History Department at the University of Alabama; Warren Moore, BBC and commercial radio presenter, and Dr Tom Lorman, Lecturer at University College London’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies.
But first, I’ll let you in on a secret. We had originally recorded this podcast on 5th January, a day before the riot. Technically, we were not in a post-Trump era then. If there was going to be controversy, one would have guessed it was going to happen when Joe Biden and Kamala Harris assumed the reigns of executive power at their inauguration on 20 January. The next day, the 6th January, proved that thinking wrong as the world looked on in shock and amazement at the rioting at the Capitol and the attempt to stop the certification of the 2020 Presidential election. Trump’s second impeachment proceeded rapidly thereafter and was passed in the House of Representatives, followed by a momentous vote in the Senate acquitting Donald J Trump of inciting a riot, the vote being 57-43, the largest bipartisan majority of any impeachment trial but falling short of 67 votes needed in a super majority to convict.
The crater that was left in America’s democracy and the impact of these events couldn’t be ignored. So, after recording the podcast on the 5th January, we decided to re-record the episode and check our thinking again.
We hope you enjoy the insightful discussion by our panel who share their candid views from various locations and assess what it means for America’s position in the world and their own country’s relationship going forward with the US under the Biden Administration.
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