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Donald Trump His Tenure and the Coming Election

Updated on March 14, 2020
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The author is a keen political observer and commentator who has a ringside seat to the turbulent years of the present political scenario

Background

The 2016 election is four years back. Time passes so fast that once again President Trump who won the 2016 election has to stand for re-election. Towards the end of this year, Trump will try for a second term as the US President. Many wonder whether he will be able to repeat his 2016 victory.

Trump was the dark horse in the 2016 election. Nobody gave him a chance, least of all the national press. All I can say is that luck was on his side and he won not only the Republican nomination but also got elected as president.

The national press and political commentators had written off Trump in the 2016 election. Despite Hillary winning the popular vote, Trump still sailed into the White House. The composition of the Electoral College worked in the favor of Donald Trump and this again will be his strong point in the coming elections. I have a gut feeling that he may lose the popular vote but still sit in the White House.

The American election process is a pretty long affair. The Democrats have not yet selected their candidate, though the field has been narrowed down to two. The two in reckoning are Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden. There is a good chance that Biden will be the Democratic candidate but we will have to wait for that until the Democratic convention.

The last 3 1/2 years of Donald Trump's presidency has been a tumultuous period for America. There is no denying the fact that the American economy is on the upswing and the unemployment rate is the lowest ever. Also, Trump has taken some very difficult decisions abroad. He has thrown his lot with Israel and recognized Jerusalem as the capital. At the same time, he has applied screws by stopping funding for terror organizations in Gaza. He is the first president who has articulated 'radical Islamic terrorism'. He used these words even on his recent visit to India. No American president had ever used this terminology before. He is recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which is something which no president earlier had ever contemplated. In that respect, it does show that Donald Trump can be a decisive leader.

He has also taken some very contentious decisions which have not been liked by many Americans. He has disengaged from Afghanistan and signed a peace accord with a terror organization- the Taliban. Earlier he created history by being the first president in almost half a century to have had a meeting with Kim Jong-un, the North Korean dictator.

With all these points and a burgeoning economy, the question remains whether Trump will able to win the 2020 election.




The 2020 election

The 2020 presidential election is just a few months away and the entire world and America are keenly going to watch this election. This is an election for the world's most powerful appointment and whoever becomes President, will have a say in all corners of the world.

The coming election will decide whether the American people appreciate Donald Trump as president. His most likely opponent is Joe Biden. In case Bernie Sanders had become the Democratic nominee then I have no hesitation in saying that Donald Trump would have won hands down. It's a quirk of fate that Bernie Sanders for the second time is going to miss the Democratic nomination. Perhaps it is good for America because his left-leaning politics are now out of place in the modern world.

Joe Biden is going to be a formidable candidate. He's been hovering on the fringe for nearly 2 decades. This is his best chance to upset the cart of Donald Trump.

Donald Trump during his tenure has inflamed passions as no American had done before. His tweets some of them abject lies have entertained the Americans but when they vote they will have to think whether they would like the same sort of politics to continue or get a man with a fresh outlook.

In my opinion, the one thing that has gone against Trump is the spread of the Coronavirus. Many Americans I have met have said that they were not happy with the way Trump had reacted to the epidemic. Nobody can say what Trump should have done but there does seem to be some disenchantment on this account.


Winner takes all

The 2020 election seems to be in an acrimonious affair. The Democrats seem to be rallying behind Joe Biden and he looks a much better option and then Hillary was in 2016. Biden also has not much to offer except perhaps he will be not that acerbic as Trump.

It should not be forgotten that Trump has a strong far-right working-class white base. This could work in his favor as he has a committed vote bank. Joe Biden is the outsider and he will require more than luck to defeat Trump. Politics is a dynamic game and likes and dislikes change overnight. The election is still a few months away and as things stand Trump may win but there is a big question mark. In case the coronavirus pandemic is not controlled or Americans feel that Trump has failed on this account, no amount of a burgeoning American economy is going to save him. In that case, Biden who has nothing much to offer may well enter the White House.

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    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      13 days ago from Singapore

      Thank you, I agree Trump has done a lot of things which I have highlighted in my article.

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      Sharlee 

      13 days ago

      I will be voting for Trump. In my opinion, he has kept his promises. He has the economy the best it's been in a very long time, I like his immigration agenda, as well as his renegotiating good trade deals with Japan, China, Mexico, and Canada. he has rid ISIS and rebuilt our Military. I feel he has handled several crises very well and is working to generally make things better for all citizens. His tax cuts helped out small businesses, as well as American citizens. He is transparent, but I prefer this to canned speeches. Ib my opinion he is doing a good job.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      13 days ago from Singapore

      Thank you Manatita sir, for an encouraging comment.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      13 days ago from Singapore

      Neil Rose, thank you for reading and commenting. Trump has not been a great president but then when did America have a great president after Roosevelt.

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      MG Singh 

      13 days ago from Singapore

      Thank you, Ruby. Yes, I agree Trump has been a divisive president but his policy did see the advent of lowest unemployment figures in America. He also has a committed supporter base. Biden can win but there have been very few times that an incumbent president is defeated. The last was Bush Sr nearly a quarter of a century back. All the same, I like Biden and hope he can make a mark.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      13 days ago from Southern Illinois

      I have already voted here in Il. and I am proud to say that I voted for Biden. He is the most decent man running. Trump is a liar and would sell out America for money. Biden was President Obama's VP so he is well informed and helped enact many good things for the American people. President Obama will go down in history as a good man who wanted to help the middle-class. Trump cares nothing about the middle-class and my bet is he will be hiring a moving van soon!

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      Nell Rose 

      13 days ago from England

      I live in England and hear so many good and bad stories about him, I have no idea whether he is a good president or not. I personally don't mind him. But at this moment I think they will put the whole thing back a year.

    • manatita44 profile image

      manatita44 

      2 weeks ago from london

      A well thought out view-point. Yes, politics is like a flowing current and can be impeded or move faster with the rain. Let us see. God bless you, Bro. Stay safe!

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      2 weeks ago from Singapore

      Thank you Pamela for your expert opinion

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      I think Biden is a good man, which goes a long way to help him get elected. He does make a lot of gaffs and I don't know if that is an age problem or is there another reason.

      Trump seems to think he can beat Biden so this may be an interesting election. I am not sure how the coronavirus will impact this election. Trump put up a travel ban fairly quickly due to the virus and he was criticized for goiing too far, and now he is criticized for not doing enough. It seems he would be criticized no matter how handled the virus.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh 

      2 weeks ago from Singapore

      Thank you Flourish. Biden has the best chance to beat Trump

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 weeks ago from USA

      Biden is phenomenal. I attended rallies for Obama in the 2008 election cycle and we were there as much for Uncle Joe as for Obama. Learn more about his life history, his decency, and his reasonable politics that avoid extremism. He’s a man of the people, not a billionaire liar. Trump fears this trustworthy, empathic leader for good reason.

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