Editorial

Race to the White House

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 11/3/2020 1:03:54 PM IST

 While opinion polls project a lead for Democratic Party candidate Joe Biden over incumbent US president Donald Trump of the Republican Party by 52% to 44%; there could be some surprises in store when election ends on November 3. If the projections hold sway then Biden is likely to become the next US president. The defeat of an incumbent president is not rare but does not happen in every election. Donald Trump had won in 2016 despite being far behind secretary of state Hillary Clinton in opinion polls. Trump’s election victory stunned the US including much of the western nations. The final National Public Radio(NPR) Electoral College map analysis presently showed Democrat Joe Biden going into Election Day with the clear edge, while President Trump has a narrow but not impossible path through the states key to winning the presidency. Donald Trump didn’t make many friends among liberals both at home and abroad mainly because he espoused the American conservative values that are against same sex marriage, Islamic terrorism, pandering to minorities and restoring and strengthening core American values based on the Biblical tenets. Trump has been vocal against the unabated influx of millions of illegal aliens from both Mexico and other nations and wanted to especially put an end to the business. He kept his promise to build an effective wall to prevent continuous influx of millions from across Mexico. Trump had done what his predecessors failed to do- shift the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a long made promise. He also took on China without compromises by ensuring that big American manufacturing industries re-shift back. Trump had achieved a lot in reviving US economy and bringing more jobs but these have been affected due to the pandemic . Trump has also snapped military cooperation with Pakistan, a long time ally because it had for too long played a dubious game of appearing to fight terrorism but in reality, a sponsor and exporter of Islamic jihadism. Trump and Biden hold opposite views on many issues. Joe Biden focuses on liberal appeasement diplomacy, building on alliances that have been strained during the Trump administration and restoring the Iran nuclear deal. On China, Biden says he will cooperate with the communist giant in an attempt to denuclearize North Korea and will work with Russia to further international policy on arms control. Biden pledges to rejoin the Paris climate accord "on Day 1." Trump on the other hand wants to end American involvement in global conflicts and acting proactively against terrorism such as eliminating ISIS, assassination of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. He also took pre-emptive action against Iranian-sponsored terrorism by assassinating its most decorated army officer major general Qasem Soleimani in January. When Trump spoke openly against Islamic terror, most western nations expressed outrage and even said he was promoting Islamophobia. However today, those countries- France, Germany, UK, Italy etc among others- are tragically experiencing what Trump had been vocal against. He has also asked NATO allies to increase financial contributions instead of solely relying on the US. Trump has also stopped aid to WHO whom he accused of protecting China which led to spread of the Wuhan virus. He also warned of reducing US aid to the UN. Many consider Trump’s policies lunatic but he sees no other way for America to be great again. However, the voters will decide, rightly or wrongly, who will lead the world’s most powerful democracy.

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