Today is the final day of the 2020 US Presidential Election – polling day. The choice for voters is often portrayed as a simple black and white choice between the media’s favourite devil and their friendly grandpa. However, voters can and should look beyond these tired one-dimensional impressions.
Firstly, what is often forgotten is that Biden characterises many of the problems that the Left broadly complains about and many of their accusations against President Trump’s character can also be applied to former Vice President Biden.
One important example is Biden’s questionable record on issues regarding race. He was the author of The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, which most analysts believe is responsible for the skyrocketing rates of imprisonment of black men over the past 25 years. Another fact about his past positions is his opposition to “bussing”, a measure that helped end the racial segregation of schools and which has been shown to have helped black students without damaging white students.
Biden has also publicly exposed himself as someone who buys into the incredibly damaging idea of “race traitors” by claiming that you “ain’t black” if you vote for Donald Trump. He, of course, rowed back on that remark but it is again clear that his true position is far murkier than the one he tries to show the public.
Another “slip” of the tongue was his indicative comment on the ongoing disparity of outcome in education – “we have this notion that somehow if you’re poor, you cannot do it. Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.” There are two clear implications to his phrasing here. One, is that all poor people are from ethnic minorities and two, is that being white immediately makes you better – with the racially motivated paternalistic idea that minorities have to be helped to reach the standards of those who are white. Once again when unscripted Biden demonstrates his true attitudes to race in America.
Moreover, let us not forget that when asked an entirely fair question about competency by a black journalist his response was to ask if the journalist was a junkie – further highlighting Biden’s underlying damaging attitude towards African-Americans. When you combine that with his crime bill, and then add his (later retracted) comments about a lack of diversity within the African-American community as well as the “ain’t black” moment – you should be getting a rather worrying picture of how Biden is not the man that his campaign has worked so hard to create. Is it truly any wonder that almost a quarter of respondents under 40 to a Washington Post-Ipsos poll conducted in June said they felt Biden is “biased” against black people. This is a key group of voters he will need to turn up and vote for him to have a chance of beating Trump.
Another area of concern for the Biden campaign will have been his repeated and obvious lapses of memory and speech. There is a clear question over the fitness and health, then consequently the suitability of Joe Biden as a candidate. I would be highly unsurprised if Biden does not manage to reach the end of his second year if he is elected. Indeed, voters will be aware that they are voting for Kamala Harris, another underwhelming Democrat candidate – who perhaps has avoided some of the scrutiny she deserves.
This could well translate into a highly unmotivated voter base and Biden might find it hard to get out the vote. After all, how strong is a campaign whose only campaign appears to be saying “Not Trump” and avoiding as much attention on the actual ticket as possible.
When you compare this to Trump’s base which is clearly motivated and fired up – despite Covid – along with the tremendous energy that the President brings to his campaign it is not hard to see Trump carrying the election today. His strong law and order position against the riots will help his position among soft or undecided voters especially as Biden has consistently refused to condemn or even meaningfully criticise the rampaging lawlessness.
The Trump campaign has been buoyed by the recent Gallup poll that found that 56 per cent of registered voters believe they are better off now than four years ago. In comparison, this rating is higher than those for Reagan, both Bushes and Obama during their re-election campaigns.
One of the main reasons for this is that President Trump brought the US economy to record levels before the onset of Covid. Unsurprisingly, his policies of tax cuts and a tough stance against hostile trade policy have proved popular, with polls consistently showing that Americans trust Trump with the economy far more than Biden.
Trump has also been extraordinarily successful on the foreign policy stage with sweeping success in the Middle East – a new peace deal for Israel as well as multiple Arab and African nations signing normalisation accords with Israel – a truly historic achievement. Not only has he been successfully negotiating peace in the Middle East, but he has also overturned the previous administration’s policy of kowtowing to China and appeasing Iran and North Korea. Trump is only too happy to stand up to those nations who are used to the West rolling over without a fight – Americans recognise and appreciate a President who stands up for US international interests.
Despite the dominant media narrative, people should not be surprised if Trump wins. Trump has every chance of winning today and I hope America will choose the better candidate. Biden can deny or avoid questions as much as he likes but the question of court packing and sweeping tax increases will weigh heavily on the minds of voters. So will Biden’s highly questionable record on race as well as his dubious health and mental state.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the serious unanswered questions and allegations against Joe Biden and his involvement in, as well as potential profit from, his son’s “business” dealings while serving as VP – including with Chinese state organisations – will play a massive part in voters’ minds. The lack of a rebuttal of substance along with the scandalous social media company decision to censor the NY Post’s reporting will have real cut through in the Trump base and further sewn doubt in the minds of undecided voters over Biden’s suitability.