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editorial: What comes after Trump

The US President-elect is called Joe Biden. It is still being counted, and political observers estimate that in the end, Biden will have got around five million more votes than Donald Trump. In 2016, Hillary Clinton had 2.9 million more votes than Donald Trump - but due to the US electoral system, which gives voters in rural areas more weight than city dwellers, it was not enough to defeat Trump.

Trump's defeat in Pennsylvania means he will have to move out of the prestigious 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on January 20, 2021, and Joe Biden will move into his office in the Oval Office.

But even if Donald Trump no longer resides in the White House, Trumpism will be with America for years to come. Influential Republicans believe that Trump would have won the election if he had been a little more disciplined and a little less aggressive in his rhetoric. In fact - to put it mildly - it is somewhat surprising that someone like Donald Trump was able to garner around 70.8 million votes.

After the Democrats failed to capture the Senate on November 3rd (they are now hoping for the by-elections in Geogia on January 5th, 2021), the legislative agenda in the first half of Biden's term in office will be somewhat difficult. Biden will have to compromise with Senate Republican majority leader Mitch McConnel, which the progressive wing of the Democrats in particular will not like. By midterms on November 8, 2022 at the latest, the Democrats have a realistic chance of winning a majority in the Senate.

But the most important question will be: Will Trump really disappear from the scene? What role will Donald Trump and his family clan play in the Republican Party?

Will Trumpism become the new republican guiding ideology? And if so, what form of Trumpism?

The Silvio Berlusconi-inspired Don Corleone variant with nepotism, disrespect for the law and a complete lack of political morality?

The decadence-accelerating variant of non-politics, in which what is told is enough and not what is achieved?

Or a new evolutionary stage of Trumpism, as outlined by the 34-year-old journalist Julius Kerin in the conservative quarterly publication he founded: Economic policy further left, nationalist but not racist. In this form of Trumpism, Reaganism is sworn off and social inequality is discussed instead. People like Kerin dream of a Trumpism that takes the British Conservatives, the CSU but also right-wing nationalist and right-wing populist parties in Europe as models.

For Trump himself, the loss of the office could also have legal consequences: Because until now Trump was protected by his immunity, Justice Minister William Barr did his best to protect Trump's environment from criminal prosecution for numerous corruption scandals, tax evasion allegations and other violations of the law. That could soon be over: Until now, Trump's opponent was Joe Biden, now Trump could soon deal with the Manhattan prosecutor, Cyrus Roberts Vance Jr. (son of Cyrus Vance, who was foreign minister under Jimmy Carter) and Letitia James, chief prosecutor of New York State.