FAIR COMMENT | Alito L. Malinao
Less than a month before the November 3 election in the United States, it seems that President Donald Trump will not be able to clinch a second term and would go down in history as among the few presidents who failed to get reelected such as George H. W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, William H. Taft and Herbert Hoover.
The odds are against him even when he got the coronavirus which should have earned him the sympathy of the American people.
In one of my earlier columns, I said that if I were an American I would vote for Trump for two reasons: one is that he has been subjected to the most vile attacks by the mainstream American media since he assumed the presidency in 2016 making him an underdog and someone to sympathize with; and second, I found Trump to be the ultimate optimist, always finding the glass half-full and thus inspiring ordinary Americans especially now that the U.S. still tops countries with Covid-19 deaths and infection.
Now even Fox News, conservative media network that has been loyal in supporting Trump, has expressed some doubts that the President could recoup his popularity and win in the upcoming polls.
In a survey conducted by CNN, the leader of American networks that have demonized Trump from the start, puts Trump’s opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, up by 16 points. And several surveys conducted in the past weeks showed an average of 9.7-point Biden lead over Trump.
In their first debate last September 29, Biden got good ratings despite his lackluster performance. The reason is that during the debate Trump appeared to be aggressive and oftentimes barged in to taunt Biden to the dismay of the moderator.
Trump and Biden are polls apart in personality and background. Trump, a billionaire businessman who earned his vast wealth in real estate deals, has never held any public office when he ran for president against Hillary Clinton in 2016. Biden, on the other hand, is a consummate politician having been a longtime senator before he became the vice president of Barack Obama for two terms.
Both are septuagenarian with Trump at 74 and Biden at 77. But Biden looks sickly and sometimes stammers while giving speeches. Trump exhibits strength and vigor in the campaign trail with bombastic speeches. But Trump was the one who got the virus and not Biden who he often calls “Sleepy Joe.” If Biden wins, he will be the oldest U.S. president in history.
There as those who say that getting the virus was Trump’s comeuppance; he became a victim of hubris because he often brags about his seeming invincibility to the virus. He eschews wearing a mask and during the campaign, he hobnobs with the crowd He has since recovered and was supposed to resume campaigning.
But time is running out on Trump. If Biden wins, America will embark on a new voyage under a Democratic government. But I don’t think that Biden will experiment with socialism as what Trump has occasionally charged. America, the greatest country in the world, is the bastion of democracy and its democratic institutions are strong enough to withstand the onslaught of the so-called leftist elements in the Democratic Party. We certainly hope so.