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The United States Election Mess

Following a tight, nail-biting election race, a winner has been announced and a new presidency is set to herald a new era. Different from other United States presidential elections, this one seems to be marred with claims of fraud, conspiracy and other issues affecting its credibility.


Donald Trump alleges fraudulent activity

As the voting closed, Donald Trump was being tipped as the favourite and in came the in-mail ballot boxes, which changed things dramatically. Donald Trump forcefully emphasised that something nasty is in play here and will not accept the loss. He also refers to votes that came in late and due to these, the election may have been stolen.

In fact, during the time of writing, Donald Trump has not conceded to Joe Biden.

Surprises galore

The year 2020 has been full of surprises. It is safe to assume that the COVID-19 pandemic has been a game changer and may have led to Donald Trump’s demise. Let us not forget that prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, America’s economy was blooming. Fast forward a few months and a couple of mishaps brought about by the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic and up came Joe Biden, who readied himself for the upset.

Another surprise is the fact that yet again, the pollsters got it wrong. As the presidential election loomed, several polls predicted a landslide victory for Joe Biden which is not the case. It is important to mention as well, that polls also predicted a victory for Hilary Clinton and we all know how that went down.

A court case

In view of the controversial result which makes Joe Biden the winner, Donald Trump will be taking the matter to court in view of alleged election irregularities. Trump’s campaign team has also launched a hotline for people to report election irregularities. Such a court case and subsequent investigation raise several concerns as to what will be revealed. Will there be a smooth transition for the new presidency of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris? Will Donald Trump bow out of this competition?

The future

It is quite clear to see that the future is full of struggles as the new President will need to battle the problems of an evolving pandemic and a battered economy. There does seem to be however some light at the end of the tunnel, as it has been announced that one of the vaccines being prepared to fight COVID-19 comes with a ninety percent effectiveness rate. Indeed, a development which is most welcome by the whole world and perhaps a stroke of luck for Joe Biden who is set to take the helm in January.

What are your views on the United States presidential election? Let us know in the comments section below.

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