On a bad note
The US elections scheduled for November this year are catching everybody’s attention. The issues that will be dominating the elections have already kick-started a bitter war of words between the two contestants.
There is no doubt that the elections will be fought with lot of allegations and counter allegations. No wonder then that the first debate between the US President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden began with heated exchanges over health care, the coronavirus and the future of the Supreme Court in the United states.
Fitting for an edge in their bitter campaign, the two men frequently interrupted each other with angry interjections, with Biden eventually snapping at Trump Will you shut up, man? That was after the president badgered him over his refusal to comment on whether he would try to expand the Supreme Court in retaliation if Trump’s high court pick, Amy Coney Barrett, was confirmed to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The two contestants Trump and Biden arrived in Cleveland hoping the debate would energize their bases of support, even as they competed for the slim slice of undecided voters who could decide the election.
It has been generations since two men asked to lead a nation facing such tumult, with Americans both fearful and impatient about the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 200,000 of their fellow citizens and cost millions of jobs. These issues apart the US has been witnessing a paradigm shift in its policies towards the world and major world bodies that had a greater US influence than any other country in the world.
Surveys show the president Trump has lost significant ground among several groups since 2016, but Biden faces his own questions encouraged by Trump’s withering attacks.
Trump had arguably his best chance to try to reframe the campaign as a choice between candidates and not a referendum over his handling of the virus that has killed more people in America than any other nation. Americans, according to polling, have soured on his leadership in the crisis, and the president has struggled to land consistent attacks on Biden.
Biden’s performances during the primary debates were uneven, and some Democrats have been nervous as to how he would fare in an unscripted setting. But his team viewed the first debate as a chance to illuminate Trump’s failings with the pandemic and economy, with the former vice president acting as a fact checker on the floor while bracing himself for the onslaught that was coming.
The Democrat challenger Joe Biden has proved his mettle in the first debate but that does not mean the end of the road for President Trump. The polling surveys have been predicting marginal gains for the democrats and this means that Trump is not down and out.
The elections offer another angle to look out for. And that is will Donald Trump take his defeat with ease or will he create a scne as he has already pointed out during one of his press briefings recently.