US President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence. Despite losing the election, Trump is frantically replacing professionals with loyal yes-men. Photo: AFP US President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence. Despite losing the election, Trump is frantically replacing professionals with loyal yes-men. Photo: AFP
US President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence. Despite losing the election, Trump is frantically replacing professionals with loyal yes-men. Photo: AFP
Martin Powers
Opinion

Opinion

Martin Powers

From China, France and Thomas Jefferson: history lessons for Donald Trump and Republicans on aristocratic excess

  • History shows that holding public servants accountable is essential to control corruption, but elections are insufficient to check a rogue leader
  • The Republican Party’s authoritarian tactics could return the US to ‘quasi-monarchical’ rule and governance without public benefit

US President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence. Despite losing the election, Trump is frantically replacing professionals with loyal yes-men. Photo: AFP US President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence. Despite losing the election, Trump is frantically replacing professionals with loyal yes-men. Photo: AFP
US President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence. Despite losing the election, Trump is frantically replacing professionals with loyal yes-men. Photo: AFP
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