Ten weeks out from Election Day, as the coronavirus pandemic has ruined Trump’s re-election chances, his chances of winning are not much. Acting “presidential, holding briefings and leading negotiations” won’t suit him, in the view of many aides, if his presidency is what is holding him back.
After spending the week of the Democratic National Convention forsaking what has historically been a bearer’s greatest advantage: He’s in the job his challenger wants. Traditionally, an incumbent would devote the week of his rival’s convention to strengthening his own credentials as a leader. Trump, however hit the campaign trail flouting his own administration’s pandemic safety guidance and expressed gratitude for support from adherents to an extremist conspiracy theory. Though he could’ve instead, used his power and focused on his command of job. This is deemed a consequence of his unwillingness to share the limelight. At the same time, it is reckoned as a necessary attempt to shift the November campaign from a referendum on his job performance to a choice between himself and Joe Biden.
“Donald Trump hasn’t grown into the job because he can’t”, former president Obama said bluntly. Trump seemed to prove this in his recent appearances. “I heard that these are people that love our country”, Trump said Wednesday of supporters of QAnon, the baseless theory that centers on an alleged anonymous, high-ranking government official known as “Q” who shares information about an anti-Trump “deep state” often tied to satanism and child sex trafficking. Democrats further went on to declare that Trump has “no interest in treating the presidency as anything but one more reality show that he can use to get the attention he craves.”
Biden, on the other hand laid out an appeal for national unity casting himself as an “ally of the light, not the darkness.” Trump, however delivered his sharpest broadsides yet at Biden, casting him as a “radical” and “socialist” whose victory would bring about “left-wing fascism.” Focusing on his rival’s economic and immigration agenda, Trump repeatedly exaggerated Biden’s positions for greatest effect.