81 days to the U.S. presidential election – Perspectives by Simon Ateba

For those reading me around the world, let me summarize what is happening here in the United States. In 81 days, Americans would sack Trump and elect Biden or re-elect Trump and send Biden into final retirement in Delaware.

Things may change, but as of today, the most likely outcome is that Biden would win and the Democrats would retake the Senate and keep the House of Representatives, especially because of the calamity that is coming.

In a normal year here in the United States, common flu kills tens of thousands of people. However, the CDC has warned that this year, a mixture of the deadly coronavirus and common flu would be deadlier.

Because millions of Americans have refused to wear masks and the economy is reopening at a time the virus is accelerating dangerously, and about to hit hard as the weather turns cold, the catastrophe is almost unavoidable.

In the recent Fox News poll, 85 percent of registered voters are concerned about the coronavirus. But that is now, as we enter the cold season, things would worsen since there’s no national plan on wearing of masks, social distancing and slow and gradual reopening.

The black and brown people also consider President Trump to be a racist. 99.9 of his appointments, including all the judges have been white people. They won’t vote for him.

And even rural America, which is often considered to be Republican, seems to be fed up with the chaos in Washington DC.

Besides, Trump’s executive order on unemployment benefits is turning against him. Behaving like a dictator and an African king, he tried to undermine Congress, but his executive order slashed the benefits, did not do anything for all struggling Americans with kids, and did not provide fundings for various services that need it.

Immigration is about to sack 13,000 workers because of that on August 30. The post service is in disarray. Struggling parents with kids won’t receive any benefits as recommended by Congress. His executive order created more mess than good and people seem to be sick and tired of the whole thing. They would likely go for a change than the status quo.

The election is not really about President Trump versus former Vice President Biden. It’s Trump versus Trump.

However, 81 days to election day is a long time in politics. Everything can still change between now and then. There are millions of people in the Midwest who still love their President, especially when he tells them the Mexicans and foreigners are invading us and bringing crimes and drugs….and cheap labor…..

So anything can change and Trump can end up winning if he can help himself. But with Twitter close to his fingers, it would be hard to help himself….going by what we know about him.

My take is that for him to win, something bigger than coronavirus should happen between now and then.

However, even if he went to war, it would be hard to shake the country like COVID-19 has done.

About 170 thousand Americans have already died, the worst death toll in the world. More than 5 million have contracted the deadly bug, the highest number in the world.

As we enter the cold season, that number may go up by hundreds of thousands as the CDC and respected Dr. Anthony Fauci have warned.

Trump has taken them off the daily press briefing at the White House because they were telling Americans the truth. But because of that, hundreds of thousands of people more may pay with their lives.

Chief White House Correspondent for

Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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