Many of Biden’s supporters are still churning through the trauma of the last presidential election night, when they went in expecting to celebrate America’s first female president, Hillary Clinton, and got an awful surprise. Every poll showing a minute tightening of this race, each warning by Trump that he’s got squads of lawyers poised to challenge the results, deepens the Democratic angst.
In public and on social media, Trump’s fans are adopting the towel-snapping bravado of his campaign, which insists that all the polls are wrong — just like last time — and that the President is racing toward another four-year term. Trump aficionados see flotillas, truck parades and big crowds in battleground states as sure signs of the President’s unstoppable momentum. They’ve also bought into the notion that yet-uncounted “silent” Trump voters are going to emerge from the heartland in the millions and carry him to victory. The President’s unexpected victory in 2016 and survival of both impeachment and Covid-19 have created an aura of magic around him. It helps that conservative media filter out unfavorable polls and paint Biden as an aged loser, too.
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‘Good luck, America’
We asked readers to send their wishes for Americans on Election Day. Here’s what you said:
“As an outsider closely following this election, I honestly believe that the vast majority of Americans are smart enough to see through the chaos, have a basic sense of right and wrong, and will vote for stability and reconnection with traditional allies. Good luck, America,” wrote Ian.
Sabine in Germany wrote, “I am so impressed with U.S. voters’ stamina and perseverance, waiting in line for hours and facing even active threats and suppression. Making voting hard is unimaginable in Germany, every adult is a registered voter and receives an invitation for every election, polling places are abundant and mail-in is no problem at all. I haven’t missed an election for my whole life and I had never waited more than 10 minutes.
I cannot imagine us in Germany to show so much commitment in the face of such adversity. Chapeau!”
“Good luck to the US from Australia where we have compulsory voting. We really feel for you and hope for a peaceful election and aftermath,” said Jane.
Christopher in Nigeria saw a parallel with his own country, and a warning for Americans. “When I see what Trump and his supporters are doing, it reminds me of the Nigeria way of politics. It is a shame to see how Trump runs America and how he uses his power to subdue any official who speaks against him and his method of leadership. I wish America the best and I hope America democracy doesn’t end like Nigeria democracy,” he said.
Many readers said they felt personally involved this time. From South Africa, Ralph wrote, “I hope and want American voters to vote with their conscience, knowing that their vote not only affects America but also affects the world. I hope many Americans flood the polls and exercise their democratic right to have a say in their country.”
Les in New Zealand seconded the thought. “A plea to American voters. Choose well and with care, and an eye on the future. The future of all of the global citizens. You could say for this election, we are all American citizens (metaphorically),” he wrote.
“It honestly scares the S### out of me, and I live in Canada. I would really like to feel better, and I’m trying to be positive, but somehow or other, it isn’t working. You all stay safe,” Pattie said.