Donald Trump 'undermining democracy' says Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, has said that Donald Trumps refusal to concede the US election is undermining democracy.

Robinson sat opposite host Ryan Tubridy on The Late Late Show last night (20 November) to commemorate the 30 year anniversary of her taking office as President of Ireland, becoming the first woman to hold the position.

She said that Donald Trump is undermining democracy by failing to allow for the smooth transition of power.

It's giving a very bad example, Robinson said. We are often keen that those in countries that are not quite as strong in their democracy would cease and give up power if they have been thrown out by the voters.

It's a problem in Africa in a few African countries where there may be resistance to it. To have a country that has promoted democracy around the world suffering from this is very serious.

Robinson said she welcomes the tenure of president-Elect Joe Biden and vice-president elect Kamala Harris, whom she said would come back into multilateral cooperation, rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, rejoin the World Health Organisation, rejoin the Human Rights Council hopefully, and so on.

Robinson also praised Kamala Harris in particular for noting her desire to lift other women up in her acceptance speech. I hope girls looking now will take confidence it resonated all around the world, especially a woman of colour, it was great.

During her segment, Robinson also reflected on the challenges and joys of her presidency, on shattering the glass ceiling and on her 50 year marriage to husband Nick.

She was joined on the show by actor Michael J Fox via video link, musician Malaki, and the women of Irish Women in Harmony behind the highly successful Dreams cover that shot to the top of the Irish charts earlier this year.

You can watch the show in full on RT Player now.