Fujimoristas trumpet Trump

13 November 2016

The conservatism of Donald J Trump, his populist tendencies purporting to provide the common man with a voice while promising to lower taxes for the rich are being applauded by the followers of Fujimori in Peru. They see him as an outsider who has defeated the political establishment just as Alberto Fujimori did in 1990. During Trump’s campaign, well-known Fujimoristas such as Ricardo Vasquez Kunze and Martha Meier Miro Quesada publicly endorsed his candidacy. Likewise they have been vocal in celebrating his triumph.

The parallels between Trump and Fujimori are indeed clear. As well as outsiders, they both ran their campaigns appealing more to the mood of their voters than to any ideology or carefully-prepared plan of action. Once in office, Trump, like Fujimori, will probably abandon many of the flagship campaign policy promises as either impractical or politically impossible to implement. Just as Fujimori went on to put in place an orthodox economic shock to get Peru’s finances in order, it also looks quite likely that Trump will temper his rhetoric about building walls against Mexicans, repealing Obamacare, castigating Wall Street – or for that matter jailing Hillary Clinton.

It remains to be seen, however, whether these will be the only similarities between Trump and Fujimori.

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