What a triumphant hopeful day yesterday was watching Biden and Harris.
So much optimism, much of it misplaced, I know. It’s a long hard road ahead unifying such a divided nation.
But seeing them on stage, with their families, representing values and decency, it was refreshing.
Refreshing because by contrast what have we seen from Trump? Acrimony, bitterness, denial.
It’s been sad watching this all unfold so chaotically for America.
Sad watching the very public downfall of a narcissist spiralling out of control as he refuses to accept the dawning reality that his time is up. Biden referred to Trump's reign as "a grim era of demonization." I mean it doesn't get worse than that as far as insults go.
Trump's own Former National Security Advisor, John Bolton, said Trump's Presidency would be looked back on as "an aberration". These are not exactly glowing endorsements.
But what you can't escape is that after four years of Trump, 10 million more Americans opted to support him than in 2016.
70 million people voted for him. That's only 3 million fewer than voted for Biden. So it's a country divided.
But Trump’s lack of acceptance of the result is just plain sad.
The angry public outbursts, the accusations of fraud and collusion, the inciting of protests and further division, it’s just not Presidential.
Which many would argue is part of his appeal; he doesn't play politics as it should be played. he doesn't abide the rules, he's his own man.
But he's increasingly looking like an island here, Republicans are deserting him, his own family is allegedly trying to get through to him that these lawsuits won't work and to just give it up.
There is an art to going gracefully and it involves a bit of humility, a bit of realism and a touch of class. All of which are lacking here.
But imagine being Americans and having to watch this play out on the world stage? I can only hope for them that the next four years see a smoother road forward, some healing and unity as opposed to division and angst, but then, with a country so divided, I’m not sure it’s going to be all that easy.
Trump could have redeemed himself a bit, given his legacy a little more wriggle room for positive reflection if he’d opted to go with dignity. If he’d conceded and shown some respect for the system, for his own constitution.
But to dig in the heels, throw lawsuits and accusations around, behave like a toddler throwing a giant tantrum, is just sad. It’s done him no favours, he's made it easy for Republicans to abandon him, and if he wanted another run in 2024, he's dreaming that this is the way to ever secure another nomination. The Republican Party has a long road ahead to rebuild, and I can only imagine they want the sideshow to stop so they can get on with this sooner rather than later.
Kate Hawkesby is a political broadcaster on Newstalk ZB - her articles can be seen HERE.
Trump can run again in 2024 if he so wishes but his histrionics will remain in people's memory for a long time and many of his former supporters probably wouldn't support him again. He is making a mockery of the whole system including the Constitution and Americans are far from forgiving when someone takes a cleaver to their sacred cows.
It is strange that Mr Trump is being vilified for doing exactly what Al Gore did before him: insisting that close races and evidence of fraud were double-checked and followed up. No one put Gore through the wringer back then.
The media do not decide who wins a Presidential election; no more than you or I.
Kate if you think that the USA will be a better place, and therefore the rest of the world, under Kamala Harris (because Biden will be gone very quickly) then I think you should read a little more widely. It will either swing way over to the far left or the people pulling the puppet strings will get the war machine going again and middle America will be gutted again. Maybe both will happen.
If I'm right then it will not bode well for the rest of the world.
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