“Trump’s presidency ends as it began. Without decency and without dignity.”
German news magazine Der Spiegel has named Donald Trump its 2020 ‘Loser of the Year‘.
The announcement was made on the same day TIME Magazine awarded its prestigious ‘Person of the Year’ award to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
Biden and Harris were respectively elected President and Vice President on November 7th, although Trump has so still yet to concede defeat.
Kamala Harris became the first Vice President to be awarded with TIME’s illustrious honour, although every US President has won it at some stage.
The Biden-Harris ticket represents something historic.
— TIME (@TIME) December 11, 2020
The Democratic Party duo are set to be inaugurated on January 20th, 2021 – the same day Donald Trump is believed to be announcing his intention to run for the Presidency again in 2024.
It is this infallibility – at least in his own mind – that prompted Der Spiegel to award Trump Loser of the Year.
The supporting article, entitled ‘Der Verlierer des Jahres’ (The Loser of the Year) describes Donald Trump as “a man who … was never concerned with the common good, but always with one thing – himself”.
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— DER SPIEGEL (@derspiegel) December 10, 2020
“Nothing is normal under Trump,” added writers at the German magazine.
“He refuses to admit defeat. Instead, he speaks of massive electoral fraud, although there is no evidence for it. The whole thing is not surprising. Trump’s presidency ends as it began. Without decency and without dignity.”
Since Joe Biden’s projection as winner, Trump and his campaign have refused to acknowledge defeat.
Trump has consistently undermined the legitimacy of the election, and recently said the US electoral system was ‘under coordinated attack and siege’. No evidence of wrongdoing has been uncovered.
According to the Pew Research Center, opinion of Trump in Germany is very low. Around three quarters of the German population polled in January said they ‘lacked confidence’ in the incumbent President.
These figures are roughly in line with similar polls undertaken in Sweden, France, Spain and the Netherlands.