The whole world is busy with the novel coronavirus right now and almost everything happening across the world is connected to it. Meanwhile, a big event is knocking at the door in terms of both the world and American politics.
It is the US presidential election 2020 which will be held in November this year.
Joe Biden, the former vice president, is the nominee from the Democratic Party will fight President Donald Trump.
As it is one of the most important elections which may affect future international system directly, it has some direct links with the coronavirus and its effects. If we have a look over the tweets of President Donald Trump or his briefings we will find that he is again using his populism theory and xenophobic comments to win the election. Experts say that Donald Trump won the last election mainly for his speeches and tweets about his “America First” policy by attacking issues like immigration and China.
As the election is not so far and the world including the US is struggling to combat the virus, everything is getting worse day by day.
With the highest death toll from the pandemic and unemployment mounting to levels not seen since the Great Depression, Republicans progressively believe that blaming China for the spread of the virus while binding America’s growing hatred towards Beijing may be the best way to retrieve a tough election.
Moreover, Donald Trump’s campaign aides have endorsed the policy, releasing several attack ads in recent months showing Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic nominee, as soft on China.
A fundamental mainstay of his campaign’s tactic is to repel hatred over the human fatalities and economic ache of the coronavirus onto an opponent that many Americans already sees suspiciously.
Two months ago, Chris LaCivita, a Republican strategist said, “Trump has always been successful when he’s had a bogeyman and China is the perfect bogeyman”.
Candidates of both parties have targeted China in past campaigns. But with the US arriving a presidential election period as the coronavirus spreads across the country, the bombast this time is far sharper.
A 17-state study directed by Donald Trump’s campaign shows that the voters already carry an anti-China sentiment as 79% of voters said they did not think China had been honest about the level of infections and deaths.
And the Republican politicians are trying to use it well to win the upcoming election as it seems they don’t have any other strong issue like this.
On the other side, Democrats are also trying to use corona-virus issues like a lack of government policy and they are also trying to use the anti-China sentiments among people as they are releasing ads campaigns on Trump’s past compliments and good wishes about China as a weapon against him.
We know that these things are not new in American politics but as America is struggling with this massive challenge very hard and if it happens in a long-term process then I am afraid that general American people will not be benefited from those kinds of politics and elections as their (people’s) main interests like health care, unemployment problem, equal payment rights will remain far away.
The writer is a student of Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka. E-mail: email@example.com