Last week, one of Donald Trump’s closest advisers signaled that the president had no plans to leave the White House.
“We are moving forward here in the White House on the assumption that there will be a second Trump term,” said Peter Navarro, White House trade adviser, in an interview with Fox Business Channel. It did so days after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said essentially the same thing.
Although President Trump refuses to admit, the 2020 presidential election is over. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris clearly won a close election and won back Hillary Clinton, who was lost four years ago. It seems that in an election that saw the turnout skyrocket, Democrats won enough independent support during a pandemic that killed hundreds of thousands of Americans.
A strange election season
The 2020 election season was turbulent in the United States. There were so many subplots that it is sometimes difficult to follow all the corners. It was a right-wing militia conspiracy following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just six weeks before the New York Times election when she received the president’s tax returns stating he barely paid anything Kidnapping a seated Michigan governor is weird election season to say the least.
“And then the president ends up at Walter Reed Hospital with the very illness he calls a joke. It’s almost as if each of these stories could turn an election itself,” said Trevor Potter, former commissioner and chairman of the US federal election Commission.
“The reality is that when you wrap this up in a description for a novel, the publisher sends it back to you saying it’s too incredible – that you can have some of them, but not all of them in your book.”
In line behind Biden
Fault Lines reported on that year’s election in South Carolina during an intense Democratic primary in late February.
At the time, Joe Biden was way behind in the polls but used a strategy that relied on black voters in Palmetto State to propel him to the top of the race. Our crew was at a Biden rally the day he received confirmation from a powerful party broker, Congressman Jim Clyburn, that breathed new life into his campaign.
“I didn’t plan on running again. What made me realize that something had to happen was when I saw these people coming down from the fields in Charlottesville with torches, ”Biden told a small crowd in a historic hall in Georgetown, South Carolina.
“When the press asked him [Trump] “What do you think, Mr. President?” He said, “there are very good people on both sides.” No president has ever established this moral equivalence. That’s when I realized it was so much deeper. “
The Democratic establishment quickly sided with Biden after winning the state with ease and promoting him to the nomination with a dominant performance on Super Tuesday.
“Trumpism will not be gone with Donald Trump”
The general election showed us that President Trump is still hugely popular with large parts of the American electorate, winning more than 70 million votes in his defeats. The phenomenon he spawned, sometimes referred to as “Trumpism”, doesn’t seem to be fading anytime soon.
A Donald Trump supporter wears a Donald Trump mask on the Rappahannock River in Urbanna, Virginia on September 26 [Josh Rushing/Al Jazeera]”Trumpism won’t be gone with Donald Trump, Trumpism won’t go away, it will be back in a new form in a few years,” said Thomas Frank, who writes on American politics and culture.
“When it comes back with someone who is smarter at the forefront of the movement, someone who doesn’t offend people gratuitously or boast about the abusing women, Trumpism could be very difficult to defeat.”
For now, the president seems intent on staying where he is in the White House and spreading a false story that his election was stolen. He’s raising money from his hordes of supporters who will fill the coffers of his Super-PAC Save America and the Republican Party.
The keys of the Republican Party
The GOP essentially turned over the party’s keys to Trump. At this year’s Congress, the party decided, for the first time since its founding in the 1850s, not to introduce a political platform, but to support Trump’s so-called America’s First Agenda.
“It was really unprecedented because party politics is one of the core institutions of American democracy,” said Jennifer Nicoll Victor, professor of political science at George Mason University.
“It signals the Republican Party’s weakness that it would give up this four-year power to articulate a platform, but it also speaks to how President Trump really did conquer the Republican Party in remarkable ways.”
“We need a psychological political break”
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris continue their efforts to build a transition team to prepare for a number of challenges over the next year as they take office.
A Joe Biden supporter speaks out on an early voting website in Fairfax, Virginia on Sept. 24 [Josh Rushing/Al Jazeera]There are still two Senate races in Georgia that will go into the runoff election in January. The results will determine whether Republicans can keep control of the Senate, which could make it difficult for the Biden administration to get things done in Washington.
As another wave of coronavirus sweeps across the country, the White House will face a series of challenges that the Trump administration is leaving behind and that a new administration must address.
“America just got this strange thing, we are always in a crisis to some extent, we are always in a struggle for this democracy,” said Reverend William Barber, a political and spiritual activist with the Campaign for the Poor.
“But at this moment we need a mental break. We have some things to do after all the votes have been counted during the election season, but we need a psychological political break from what we are seeing now. “