In Mexico, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a leftist, also tends to exploit the emotional bond with his followers to incite them against his critics and to discredit the press. Charismatic populist leaders like Mr. López Obrador and Mr. Bolsonaro — like, of course, Mr. Trump — rely on a politics of affect. To promote democracy south of the Rio Grande, Mr. Biden must first lead by example by re-establishing a functional democracy at home. Bridging the opportunity gap is an important step toward tackling rising social and racial gaps in the United States. This is what Mr. Biden said he wants to do, which is good, because the world is watching.
Source: International New York Times January 23, 2021 15:56 UTC