Editorial

Trump’s four years

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 11/7/2020 1:32:06 PM IST

 With number of votes going in favour of Democratic candidate Joe Biden, who is expected to become the 46th US president, it appears certain that President Donald Trump can no longer hold on to office on allegations of voter fraud. The candidate who wins a simple majority of 270 out of 538 votes of the electoral college becomes the US president. If Trump loses the 2020 election, it will be the first time an incumbent has lost in almost 30 years. The office of the US president was established in 1789, and in the 231 years since the first man was elected to the highest office in the country, 44 have people have held the title. US presidents who failed to win re-election include- John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Martin Van Buren, Benjamin Harrison, William Howard Taft, Herbert Hoover, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and George H W Bush (father of two-time president George W. Bush). Donald Trump will have only himself to blame for his downfall. In recent US history, incumbent presidents have often enjoyed a significant boost in popularity while running for re-election. This has not been the case for Donald Trump. When he officially launched his re-election bid in June 2019, Trump’s approval rating was around 43%, according to Gallup. Trump’s approval rating has barely fluctuated since then, with short-lived gains here and there. Polling from Gallup in September and October showed Trump’s approval rating fluctuated between 42% and 46%, averaging 44%. For months, election polling has suggested Trump’s chances of re-election have been dwindling during the economic recession and the president’s disastrous response to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, these are not the main reasons for Trump’s defeat. His represented the far right of the nation and his stand against immigrants, liberalism and exclusiveness in foreign policy had seriously dented his leadership at home and abroad. Even after his election victory in 2016, Trump has been facing protests orchestrated by Democratic Party leaders, feminists, African-Americans, immigrants etc who have been ably supported by the mainstream liberal American media including the Washington establishment. In office, Donald Trump had acted in a manner most unbecoming of a head of state of the world’s most powerful democracy. He offended many world leaders and denigrated not only the office but also the country he heads. Besides reinforcing his image as a temperamental, ill-informed man-child, Trump continued to rave and rant as an empty vessel by keeping up his stream of offensive, irresponsible pronouncements. As a President who is fond of long rallies and short tweets, Trump’s leadership style allowed him to galvanize a base of voters who are attracted to his nationalist focus and no-holds-barred campaign style. Trump’s chaotic and disorganized approach to governing may be what thrills his supporters and frustrates his critics, it is also the reason why Trump failed at the essence of successful political leadership, or any leadership for that matter. If not making controversial remarks, Trump was busy issuing executive orders via twitter. In fact, Trump can be described as the twitter president of the USA. Trump ran his office in the White House, by firing aides at glaring regularity. It is ironic and a cruel justice that the Donald Trump’s catchphrase “you’re fired” from his reality TV show The Apprentice has rebounded on him. In the TV show Trump as the boss, regularly fired his staff but today he finds himself fired by the people because of his incompetent behaviour.

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