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Trumpism as a Transnational Phenomenon

March 8, 2016
Peter A. Hall in The American Prospect

By: Charlotte Cavaillé, Naom Gidron, Peter Hall

March 8, 2017 — American President Donald J. Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent congratulations today to Marine Le Pen of the French National Front on her election to the Presidency of France. Le Pen narrowly beat Alain Juppé of the Républicains, after he failed to rally enough support in the wake of a divisive primary contest with former President Nicolas Sarkozy. Juppé’s fate resembled that of Hillary Clinton last year when many young supporters of Bernie Sanders, an opponent campaigning on the issue inequality, failed to turn out for her in the general election. In a victory speech, Le Pen announced that she would immediately open negotiations to alter the terms of France’s membership in the European Union to be followed by a referendum on French membership. Less than a year ago, a similar referendum took Britain out of the EU, bringing Johnson to the leadership of the Conservative Party after David Cameron’s resignation.

About the Author

Peter A. Hall

Peter A. Hall

Resident Faculty & Seminar Co-chair

Peter Hall is Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies in the Department of Government at Harvard University and resident faculty at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. He has ...