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Coronavirus may just trump Trump

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If strong views attributed to former US president Barack Obama are anything to go by, the upcoming elections could spell an end in office for the American strongman.


14 May 2020
PREMIUM!
Coronavirus may just trump Trump

US President Donald Trump looks on during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, which causes Covid-19, in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on April 24, 2020, in Washington, DC. Picture: Olivier DOULIERY / AFP

US presidential polls are not only colourful – brimming with soundbites trotted out by candidates campaigning to preside over the world’s biggest economy – but also fiercely contested and issues ruthlessly exploited without any sensitivities. It sees presidential hopefuls stopping at nothing to outdo each other, all on a crusade to win the soul of the American voter. Forty years ago, I remember following with keen interest how Republican Ronald Reagan resoundingly unseated then incumbent president Jimmy Carter in a campaign largely boosted by voters’ perception of how Carter failed to bring back 52 Americans held hostage for 444 days...

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