Growing concern is gripping the Republican Party hierarchy that November 3 will be a resounding victory for Joe Biden. More and more elected Republicans, threatened with defeat, are distancing themselves from Donald Trump.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz is sounding the general alarm: “I think this could be a terrible election. I think we could lose the White House and both Houses of Congress, that it could be a bloodbath of Watergate proportions ”.
In the 1972 election, Richard Nixon was re-elected with an extraordinary total of 520 Electoral College votes and 60.7% of the popular vote. Following the Watergate scandal and his resignation, Jimmy Carter, in 1976, was elected president with 297 electoral college votes and 50.1% of the popular vote.
McConnell very critical
Even Mitch McConnell, the leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, is boycotting the White House over Trump’s flippant attitude to the coronavirus. At 78, he fears being infected. To stand out from the president, he explains that in the Senate, the mask and social distancing are mandatory. McConnell’s attitude is an indication of the threat that the management of the pandemic poses to the Republican majority in the Senate.
The dissent of this staunch and servile Trump ally galvanized the courage of his fellow Republicans. Senator Thom Tillis speaks publicly about Trump’s defeat and a Joe Biden presidency. Tillis is one of many close to Trump who contracted COVID-19 during a White House event. His re-election as senator from North Carolina is not certain.
In Arizona, Republican Senator Martha McSally, who lags far behind former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, is attacking Trump for his repeated ignominious comments about his predecessor, the late John McCain.
Another sign of impending Republican disaster
For months, Democratic candidates in races that will determine control of the Senate have garnered more election contributions than Republican incumbents of those seats. Democrat Jaime Harrison, an African American running against star Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, raised a whopping $ 57 million in the third quarter of 2020, the highest quarterly fundraiser of candidates in the Senate throughout the history of the United States. That’s more than double what Graham amassed in the previous six quarters combined. According to a recent poll, Harrison is currently ahead of Graham by one percentage point in the Senate race.
The preeminent political opportunist Graham is currently leading the charge to uphold Conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett in the Supreme Court. In 2016, however, he opposed Obama appointing a Supreme Court judge during an election year. Graham called Trump a jerk and an idiot in the Republican nomination campaign.
On the eve of the presidential elections which divide Americans more than ever, Normand Lester draws up, in his new book Stupid and dangerous. The United States in the Trump Age, a grim portrait of the United States at a time when social, racial and political tensions are at their height.
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