The November 3, 2020, presidential election wasarguably the most important election in USA postwar history.In these elections, moreover, the participation of Americanvoters was the largest since 1900, demonstrating theresurgence of their political interest and the stronglypolarizing climate that prevailed in the country. Αt the sametime Joe Biden may have won the popular vote (4.5 millionmore votes than Trump) and the necessary electors, butDonald Trump has shown great resilience, having in factagainst him almost all the media, the vast majority ofHollywood and the whole established.
These elections showed the deep division in the UnitedStates, which in many places led to extremely marginalelection results.
The intense confrontation between the twosides and the extreme rhetoric and practice is not an isolatedevent and may deepen even further, having a negative impacton the country.
The reasons for Trump’s electoral resilience are due tothe fact that President Trump had adopted an anti-systemicrhetoric of complaint of the elites, to which he howeverbelongs, as well as an aggressive tactic against the forces ofglobalization, aspects that touched strongly large sections ofthe middle class and of course the working class.
So, to the unemployed, to the people who feel they haveno voice, to the provincials who are ridiculed for their mannersand customs by arrogant metropolitan residents, even tocitizens belonging to minorities but also to all largecommunities, such as African Americans. and Latins, DonaldTrump’s speech has found and continues to find greatresonance.
And this is despite the fact that all the movementsfor the protection of rights (black lives matter, etc.) wereclearly against him.
And if the coronavirus pandemic had not occurred andthe second wave had not broken out, which is hitting theUnited States as violently as the first, Donald Trump wouldhave easily won the elections. Thus, after the first three yearsof positive economic performances of the Trumpadministration, the March lockdown caused the closure ofmany small and medium-sized enterprises, while more than 20million Americans were suddenly left without a job.
And Donald Trump would certainly have won thepresidential election without the health crisis as Joe Biden,who expresses the neoliberal internationalism, the relatedglobalization process and the “open society” of NGOs and the
very powerful economic institutions such as George Soros andBill Gates foundations etc., clearly seemed to have run out offorces, proposals and slogans before it even entered the finishline.
Trump’s political opponents and most analysts andpollsters had focused on the arrogant and selfish traits of hispersonality, an eccentric and highly impulsive no doubtbillionaire, and of course they were wrong in believing that hewould be defeated with a big difference.
Trumpism as anideological and social phenomenon is certain, therefore, that ithas not left, is present and will continue to exist. Trump is notjust a parenthesis in US political history but expressesspecific distinct trends in American society and thebourgeoisie.
The Americans citizens want to prosper economically ina country where social peace, order and security will prevail.Due to globalization, many industrial units have left for poorcountries where there is a cheap labor force.
So, the US working class was greatly hurt. Trump was the one whodemanded the return of the factories to his country, puttingthe USA and the American people first, in the context of theideological tendency of ethnocentric conservatism.
And to other countries, especially the powerful ones,may not like the politics of “America First”, but the same is notthe case with the average American citizen, notably in deepAmerica and the central states.
On January 20, Joe Biden will sit in his chair at the OvalOffice with Kamala Harris, in the position of Vice President, forthe first time in office, a woman of African, Jamaican andIndian descent. During his term and based on what he said theUnited States will return to the Paris Climate Treaty,according to which the minimum goal of the states is to keepthe temperature at plus 2 degrees Celsius (+2 C), and that willbe a positive development, as the climate change is not a“myth”. And this can be easily seen if one takes a look at theextreme weather phenomena that occur on the planet. Let usnot forget that the United States is the second largest polluterin the world after China.
Also, multilateral organisms, such as e.g. NATO, the UNand its offshoots, which have been strongly challenged byoutgoing President Trump, will likely be treated differently byJoe Biden’s administration, but US relations with its Europeanallies may move in other directions.
It should be noted at this point that Donald Trump hadrepeatedly threatened to withdraw the United States fromNATO and reduce its contribution if other members showed nowillingness to increase their spending on the organization.
Germany-US relations have also been strained for the past fouryears, with Trump threatening the German car industry andthe European Union as a whole several times with duties.
Washington’s relations with Brussels were also frozen after itsdecision to withdraw the United States from internationalclimate agreements and Iran over its nuclear program.
However, if the Republicans eventually win control of theSenate, it will cause many deep problems for the newPresident Joe Biden, as he will block most of his legislativeagenda.
In closing, I would like to emphasize that thepredominance of Joe Biden, who has also starred in all thepathogenic characteristics that led America to its currentdecline – that is, widespread social inequalities, theproblematic welfare state, the favor to the strong economicelites, international lawlessness etc.-is not going to lead theUS on bright paths.
Besides, he did not present an inspiring,comprehensive and convincing program plan for the social,economic and political reorganization of the society and thecountry.
Curriculum vitaeIsidoros Karderinis was born in Athens in 1967. He is anovelist, poet and columnist. He has studied economics andhas completed postgraduate studies in tourism economics. Hisarticles have been published in newspapers, magazines andsites around the world. His poems have been translated intoEnglish, French and Spanish and published in poetryanthologies, literary magazines and literary columns ofnewspapers. He has published eight poetry books and threenovels in Greece. His books have been translated andpublished in the USA, Great Britain, Italy and Spain.
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