This is my first essay on politics and the 2020 race for the White House. It’s a subject I care deeply about and you can expect to see more essays like this as the 2020 election cycle gets underway.
After last week’s two-night series of first-time debates for the Democratic Party’s 2020 candidates, it’s time to start thinning the herd. My predictions and comments regarding which candidates need to peel away are below.
In my lifetime, I can’t recall a group of presidential candidates that numbered 20. In the 2016 cycle, there were 16 candidates vying for the top spot in the GOP/Republican debates. That number diminished after post-debate polling showed whose numbers received a boost from their performance and whose didn’t. The Super Tuesday primaries also thinned the herd.
We all know who ultimately succeeded in securing not only the GOP nomination but the presidency as well. After two and a half years of the Trump administration’s record on nearly every issue, only those who drink the Kool-Aid daily via the often false narrative emanating from not only the President but his state media, Fox News think we’ve made progress as a nation. They don’t care that he’s a liar (even the Chief Justice of the SCOTUS think so), a misogynist, amoral, or a first class bully.
Only those inebriated Trump-a-holics can deny his administration’s lack of accomplishment and dismal popularity numbers. Of course, popularity isn’t the only marker for the dissatisfaction the nation feels, but others are, including photos of Latin American refugees being forced to jump into rivers as their only means of escaping persecution, families separated at the border and placed in privatized filthy detention facilities that deny inspection from outside officials, and children dying while in US custody.