Istanbul mayor İmamoğlu sees déjà vu in post-election U.S.
Istanbul’s opposition Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu said the post-U.S. election period feels like a déjà vu to him, comparing the period with efforts by Turkey’s ruling party to stop an opposition win after the 2019 Istanbul mayoral election, which led to a rerun.
U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign has launched dozens of court cases against the election results in Pennsylvania, Arizona and Georgia to overturn the results while continuing to claim the elections won by his party.
Many of Republican-led cases disputing results and irregularities have been already dismissed. İmamoğlu in video posted on Twitter of a speech he delivered on Nov. 12 said there are ''astonishing events'' going on around the U.S. elections, but stopped short of citing specific incidents.
İmamoğlu addressed the danger of right-wing populism and offered his ''radical love'' strategy as a remedy during a keynote speech at the International Association of Political Consultants (IAPC) 53rd World Conference earlier this week.
İmamoğlu's election strategy encourages reaching out to the more traditional and religious voter base in Turkey traditionally aligned with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
İmamoğlu spent months speaking and listening to people in the streets in the run up to the elections, showing them respect and making clear that they were not ''the enemy,’’ in a strategy that stood in contrast with the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).
During the anti-police brutality protesters in the United States over the summer, a New York Times columnist wrote a column recommending for Joe Biden's supporters to take a page from İmamoğlu when handling rhetoric and policies designed by Trump to divide citizens and hold on to voter support.
In a 30-minute long speech delivered via online video, İmamoğlu encouraged other leaders in the United States and around the world to be inclusive while also displaying the ability to articulate a happy future for communities to get them to the ballots.
İmamoğlu, throughout the speech, underlined the importance of democracy and winning the hearts and minds of the people to beat back the populists.