Fintan O’Toole: Defeat for Donald Trump will shape our world

What is at stake when the US votes on Tuesday? Almost everything

US president Donald Trump has been pushing the concept of voter fraud, without any evidence, to the point that now almost 50 per cent of Americans believe that it is an issue in the upcoming election. Video: Enda O'Dowd

The playwright Tom Murphy said that the most important question to ask about any drama is: what is at stake? When it comes to next Tuesday’s presidential and congressional elections in the US, the obvious but unhelpful answer is: everything.

The moment seems so obviously crucial that it can be hard to keep track of the reasons why this election matters so much, both to the US and to the world.

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