In his latest piece for Business Insider, “Democrats may beat Trump in November and still not learn the most important lesson from his presidency,” Associate Professor Daniel Bessner analyzes the importance of holding policymakers accountable if Trump loses the U.S. presidential election in November 2020.
After surveying how elite policymakers have routinely escaped accountability for their crimes over the past several decades, Bessner stresses that the only way to prevent a reappearance of a Trump-like figure is if future administrations — both Democrat and Republican — hold the Trump administration accountable for its actions.
Daniel Bessner is the Anne H.H. and Kenneth B. Pyle Associate Professor in American Foreign Policy in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. He is also a Non-Resident Fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft and a Contributing Editor at Jacobin.