As the US presidential elections draw ever nearer, it seems that pressure on Donald Trump is causing him to move deeper into the shock-and-awe tactics which made him so attention worthy during the course of his first election campaign. Over a presidency marred with controversy and scandal it seems that Trump has lost little of his penchant for headline worthy drama.
Trump’s Election Day Vaccine Claims
This week the president has come under criticism for his claims that a vaccine will be ready by election day. Trump’s initial response to the outbreak of the virus was to reassure citizens that one day the virus would simply go away, a claim widely dismissed and opposed by medical authorities. As the virus began to grow exponentially Trump then shifted tact and reassured citizens that they would soon have a virus, without any data or evidence to support this claim. In some of the more truly bizarre soundbites of his campaign he offered advise that perhaps the virus could be countered via injecting bleach. Now, just a few short months from the elections Trump continues to say that a vaccine is very close, a claim which again is sadly disputed by many leading health figures including Dr Anthony Faucci, the country’s leading virus specialist.
Biden Is “Against God” and “Against Guns”
In a further headline worthy moment this week, Trump claimed that his presidential opponent Joe Biden is “against God” and “against guns”. Biden, who is an avowed Catholic is currently leading in the polls against Trump, has often spoken of his religious believes following the deaths of his first wife and daughter, making Trump’s statement seen even stranger. Continuing, Trump went on to say: “He’s against energy, our kind of energy” adding that Biden wants to “Take away your guns, destroy your Second Amendment. No religion, no anything, hurt the Bible, hurt God.”
Trump was often criticised for his spurious and unfounded rhetoric during his first campaign and it looks like this time around he has done little to affect a shift in tone.
Trump’s Approval Ratings
Trump’s approval ratings have been badly hurt over recent months. His handling of the COVID-19 outbreak as well as his response to the unprecedented civil rights uprising across America has left him at odds with many Americans. His popularity had already waned significantly as a result of the economic damage incurred by his two-year trade war with China and as the elections draw nearer it seems that the chances of re-election are dwindling. It is worth noting however, that his approval ratings have seen a small rally in recent days which is worth monitoring.
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