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    Obama advisor calls Ardern's election 'bright spot' amid populist wave

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/111...-populist-wave

    Video at link.

    Mar 10 2019

    One of the United States' top political advisors has described Jacinda Ardern's ascent to prime minister as a "bright spot" at a time when populist movements were winning political success across the world.

    John Podesta, who served as chief of staff for President Clinton, was a top advisor for President Barack Obama and was chairman of Hillary Clinton's unsuccessful 2016 election campaign made a short visit to Wellington as part of events for Global Progress, an alliance of "progressive" political movements.

    In an interview with Stuff, Podesta spoke about the impact of populism, a movement that appeals to voters who feel their concerns are being ignored by the political system or establishment.

    Although Podesta believed a counter movement had been building in the United States, two years after the election of President Donald Trump, there was always a risk that political movements would exploit fear.

    "In that regard, I think the prime minister's election here was an example of someone who, both could connect in a very personal way with people, both the example of [her] own political career and her family," Podesta said.


    John Podesta is a former chief of staff to US president Bill Clinton, top advisor to Barack Obama, and chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2016 election campaign.

    "I think she also got that her task was to deliver a more sustainable and more equitable and fairer economy and made that argument and is now trying to implement that.

    "The proof is in the pudding, that you can actually get the job done."

    Podesta said that while Trump had run on a campaign of promising to help ordinary people, he had ruled like a "plutocrat", delivering tax cuts which largely benefited the most wealthy Americans.

    The 2018 midterm elections saw Trump's Republican party lose ground in many of the states which were key to his victory, part of what Podesta believed was a counter movement driven by the Democratic Party.

    However, he warned that the use of social media could whip the public into a "frenzy", making politicians who exploited it an ongoing danger, risking democratic values.

    "The natural tendency [of social media] … is to move people into the extreme, to support, inflame and influence people through social media channels."


    "I think the prime minister's election here was an example of someone who, both could connect in a very personal way with people, both the example of [her] own political career and her family," Podesta said.

    As well as the situation in the US, Britain had voted for Brexit, a number of European countries had voted for staunch anti-immigration parties, while social media had created unrest in countries from India to Brazil.

    "That phenomena is real and structural and I think, particularly the big social media platforms, Facebook, Google, YouTube, have been slow to respond to that," Podesta said.

    "That's dangerous, dangerous for democratic values and dangerous for human rights, where people can get whipped into a frenzy through those channels.

    "The danger is all over the world."



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    Quote Originally Posted by timosman View Post
    She seems to have become sort of media hero at least going by youtube news page and sometimes being used to attack Trump apparetly based on their direct conversation dialog yesterday.

    Top youtube news currently, NZ PM speaks wearing hijab:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0L8sDPXthw


    Obama advisor calls Ardern's election 'bright spot' amid populist wave
    Could the same people who propelled liberal icon Barack Hussin Obama to US Presidency may be trying to bring similar leaders in NZ, Australia who look like Obama?

    Unlike fellow Iraqi Freedom partners US/UK , had not seen reports of election of mayors or chief executive in Australia who looked like Obama and had African or Islamic heritage.



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