Voting Is Not the End of Our Work. It's Only the Beginning

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Voting Is Not the End of Our Work. It's Only the Beginning

Chomsky: Voting Is Not the End of Our Work. It’s Only the Beginning.

Police officers stand between protesters supporting U.S. President Donald Trump and people participating in a protest in support of counting all votes, outside of the Philadelphia Convention Center as the counting of ballots continues in the state on November 6, 2020, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Joe Biden is the winner of the 2020 election. Yet while Trump has lost, the Democrats failed to materialize the blue wave some expected — and Trump fared extremely well despite the pandemic. In this exclusive interview, Noam Chomsky shares some of his insights about Trump’s continuing popularity and what the left needs to do in the years ahead, emphasizing that voting is never an end — only a beginning.

C.J. Polychroniou: Although Biden has won the election, the Democrats failed to materialize a blue-wave landslide, and it is clear we will continue to deal with large-scale Trumpism. Given that you were extremely skeptical of the polls from day one, what do you think contributed to the massive turnout for Trump, even as Biden saw an even more massive turnout? Or, to phrase the questions differently, why is nearly half the country continuing to support a dangerous charlatan leader with such a feverish passion?

Noam Chomsky: The very fact that someone could be considered a serious candidate after just having killed tens if not hundreds of thousands of Americans through a disastrous response to COVID-19 is an extraordinary victory for Trump — and a defeat for the country, for the world and for hopes for a decent future.