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After UK election, Trump sees 'harbinger' of things to come

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15.12.2019

After a tumultuous tenure in office, a controversial candidate expanded his grip on power, surpassing a weak opponent and drawing support from unlikely pockets of voters.

That’s what happened Thursday in Britain, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party claimed a commanding majority in Parliament, sidelining far-left Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. It’s the same scenario President Donald Trump is eager to replicate in next year’s American election and Democrats are desperate to avoid.

After congratulating Johnson on Friday, Trump said of the British results: “I think that might be a harbinger of what’s to come in our country.”

Others cautioned against drawing too many lessons from the British elections. Despite deep historical and cultural ties, the U.S. and UK have vastly different demographics and systems of government. The contours of the 2020 presidential election are also still evolving, with Democrats choosing between moderates and liberals, experienced politicians and fresh faces, as they weigh who will take on Trump.

Still, there are striking parallels, as well as recent precedent, in the political landscape on both sides of the Atlantic.

In 2016, British voters stunningly decided in a national referendum to withdraw from the European Union, ignoring dire warnings from political........

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