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Does the Light on the Hill Still Shine Bright? Reactions to the Capitol Siege

29:24January 20, 2021

On January 6, 2021, the day the U.S. Congress met to certify President-Elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory, a pro-Trump protest turned violent, overwhelming security, breaching and attacking the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC. As these shocking events unfolded, the eyes of the world were on the U.S. and the state of its democracy. Special guests José Díaz-Briseño of Mexico’s Reforma, Paola De Orte of Brazil’s O Globo, Rafael Mathus Ruiz of Argentina’s La Nación, and Alejandro Santos formerly of Colombia’s Semana Magazine join our experts to examine regional perceptions of these events and implications for the U.S. image across the Americas, with a special look at Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, and Colombia.

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