How quickly they forget. During the height of Trump’s pre-pandemic presidency bounce, Georgia Meloni, Italy’s most prominent farthest right leaning politician and leader of the Brothers of Italy party quoted him every chance she could, in hopes that his star power among populists would lend her some credibility. But since his apparent loss to Joe Biden, Meloni has seemingly forgotten her man in Washington. “I share ideas and values with Trump and in recent years I have worked to strengthen ties,” she told reporters this week. “But I’m not anybody’s cheerleader.”
Meloni’s sentiments have been echoed by some of Trump’s strongest supporters. The U.K. prime minister Boris Johhson—seen by some as Europe’s Trump—is already cuddling up to Biden over climate change, an issue almost no one agreed with Trump on. Many of the lawmakers in Germany’s Trump-supporting Alternative for Germany party have also shown a reluctant willingness to accept Biden’s victory after initially repeating Trump’s claims of voter fraud.
And Hungary’s Victor Orban was one of the first European leaders to congratulate Biden on his victory, after being the only European leader to openly endorse Trump’s re-election, calling a second term his “Plan A.” It helps little that Biden has spared little love for Orban, referring to him as a Trump henchman on the campaign trail this fall. “You see what’s happened in everything from Belarus to Poland to Hungary, and the rise of totalitarian regimes in the world,” Biden said. “This president embraces all the thugs in the world.”