The Economist has endorsed Democrat Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election and is urging Americans to vote for him on November 3.
“The country that elected Donald Trump in 2016 was unhappy and divided. The country he is asking to re-elect him is more unhappy and more divided. After almost four years of his leadership, politics is even angrier than it was and partisanship even less constrained,” the publication’s editorial board writes. “Daily life is consumed by a pandemic that has registered almost 230,000 deaths amid bickering, buck-passing and lies. Much of that is Mr Trump’s doing, and his victory on November 3rd would endorse it all.”
“Joe Biden is not a miracle cure for what ails America,” the publication points out. “But he is a good man who would restore steadiness and civility to the White House. He is equipped to begin the long, difficult task of putting a fractured country back together again. That is why, if we had a vote, it would go to Joe.”
“Much of what the left wing of the Democratic Party disliked about him in the primaries—that he is a centrist, an institutionalist, a consensus-builder—makes him an anti-Trump equipped to repair some of the damage of the past four years,” they write. “A resounding Democratic victory would also benefit the Republicans. That is because a close contest would tempt them into divisive, racially polarizing tactics, a dead end in a country that is growing more diverse.”
The Economist points out that “Trumpism is morally bankrupt. Their party needs a renaissance. Mr Trump must be soundly rejected.”
Trump “has never sought to represent the majority of Americans who did not vote for him,” they continue. “Faced by an outpouring of peaceful protest after the killing of George Floyd, his instinct was not to heal, but to depict it as an orgy of looting and left-wing violence—part of a pattern of stoking racial tension.”
The publication concludes that “America faces a fateful choice.”
“At stake is the nature of its democracy. One path leads to a fractious, personalized rule, dominated by a head of state who scorns decency and truth. The other leads to something better—something truer to what this newspaper sees as the values that originally made America an inspiration around the world.”
Alan is a writer, editor, and news junkie based in New York.
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