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Pankaj Mishra

Biden Faces Trump Acolytes Abroad, Too

Some of the new president’s toughest confrontations could be with erstwhile allies in the U.K. and India. 

Modi came dangerously close to endorsing Trump.

Modi came dangerously close to endorsing Trump.

Photographer: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Overturning Donald Trump’s “Muslim ban,” abandoning his border wall and making masks mandatory on federal property, President Joe Biden has started to cage, in his first week, the beast that is Trumpism. He is supported in this vital task at home by a political and media consensus which is nearly bipartisan after the mob assault on the Capitol — that Trump and his diehard supporters are a serious menace to social, economic and political order.

The new president's toughest confrontation with Trumpists, however, will take place abroad, especially in countries such as India and Britain where they remain empowered.