‘The death of American exceptionalism’

American democracy had a very bad day on Jan. 6. As images of rioters ransacking Capitol Hill shot across the globe, foreign leaders were quick to comment.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the images out of Washington made her furious and sad.

“A ground rule of democracy,” she said, “is that after elections there are winners and losers. Both have their role to play with decency and responsibility so that democracy itself remains the winner.”

In France, President Emmanuel Macron offered a heartfelt defense of the American political system.

“What happened today in Washington, D.C., is not America. Definitely,” he said in a video



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