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The US has no right to claim leadership of the free world

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Donald Trump’s refusal to address the legitimate grievances of America’s black population has underscored, yet again, why his country does not qualify to be the ‘leader of the free world.’ Until the systemic racism that underpins American society is eradicated, its claim to world leadership will continue to ring hollow and meaningless.

As bad as it is today, it must never be forgotten that the cancer of racism has been gnawing at the heart of American society for well over 200 years. President Trump’s political discourse, it may be argued, embodies its worst manifestations.

Wherever it surfaces, white supremacy is always a consequence of prejudice and privilege. Trump seeks to perpetuate it today for himself and his allies, even if it means disregarding the rule of law at home and abroad.

In the Middle East, his support for autocrats like Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, Mohammed bin Salman and Benjamin Netanyahu has become legendary.

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They all share a common inclination to debase human dignity, deny equality and supress freedom. Like his “favourite dictator,” Egypt’s General Sisi, Trump despises political dialogue especially with critics and political opponents. They both favour brute military force to resolve differences.

In Egypt, Sisi was prepared to translate his threat into action by ordering the August 2013 massacre of hundreds of civilians in Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square to consolidate his coup. Similarly, in his desperation to be re-elected to the White House, Trump is now threatening to deploy the US national army on the........

© Middle East Monitor