As US election day nears, the outcome won’t be simply a matter of political will

This year has seen more than 8 million more gun purchases than 2019, and scholars warn of increasing militia activity. Trump has publicly praised supporters who commit violence, including the Kenosha shooter. International allies are also concerned. After Trump used armed guards to teargas peaceful protestors in Washington DC (which Australia watched live as its reporters were bashed on air), the Scottish Parliament voted to suspend exports of riot shields, tear gas and rubber bullets to the United States. Australia recently updated its “do not travel” advisory to the US, citing civil unrest around the election. Regardless of the outcome of the election, some of the trends may continue beyond Inauguration Day on January 21, 2021, affecting not just the US but its relationships with allies and adversaries alike. Australia would do well to watch carefully and wait for the final results.

As US election day nears, the outcome won’t be simply a matter of political will

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