December 2, 2020 | By Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie |
There will be countless debates and no doubt articles, analysis, editorials and studies by academics and journalists etc as to why Trump lost the 2020 US elections to Biden, which would have given him a second term. The economy since 2016 did relatively well and there was a buy American campaign. A pledge to make America great again. This was bought into. So what made the persons who rejected Hilary now buy into the older guy Joe Biden 78. Hilary did get the popular vote in 2016, yet she lost to Trump. Biden in 2020 also got the popular vote but won. Why?
What role or impact did the Black Lives Matter and the nightly street protests across American cities with protests beamed to the world had to do with Trump’s non re-election? The death of George Floyd at the hands of white police officers in such a brutal way must have touched many hearts. Whites alike were outraged. It was not just blacks who are in the minority in the USA. It was a popular uprising that galvanized the heart and soul of the American societies across all time zones and permeating all social classes in the heartland and in the metropolis. It was deja vue 1960s in the height of the Civil Rights movement with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and actors like Rosa Parks et al. George Floyd and others were the tipping point. The voters demanded a change in governance.
The protests against these atrocities were one thing, there were fires, looting and peaceful and not so peaceful protests going back to Rodney King etc. Yet there were two term presidents. Bush, Reagan et al. So why not Trump?
Well, in my perspective images tell a lot. The American people expect a Commander in Chief to act and behave as a Unifer-In -Chief. America was being protrayed domestically as an uncaring society and with an indifferent leader in the White House who was only prepared to use force and not persuasion to quell dissent.
Trump and his advisers thought he was so strong politically that why worry, be happy. Trump was safe politically. Sections of the media were dismissing the protests as persons motivated by greed, rabble rousers, and thugs hell-bent on drawing attention and causing public unrest. Let us bring out the National Guard and barcade the president in the White House and even bunker him down for his personal safety. A likely dusty unused bunker below the White House was hastily cleaned up to house the president.
Do not play with the bible and religious symbols. The God most of us serve is a just and caring God. A God of compassion and a God who is sympathetic to suffering and injustice. A God who sends rain on the just and the unjust. Also sunshine equally. The image of Trump holding a bible likely upside down was most powerful and very stupid. Like Marie Antoinette in France on or about 1789 he too was being portrayed as uncaring. “Let them eat cake”. She declared. Queen Antoinette was later beheaded by the guliotine.
Donald J. Trump today has been beheaded by the ballot box. Much of which were absentee mail-in ballots. The people responded peacefully and non violently not like in France. Responded non-the- less did the Americans, albeit non violently. Yes! There response came in November 3, 2020. Trump and his advisers mis read the tea leaves. This was no Boston tea party reenactment, Sir Trump.
Trump’s refusal to concede is inexcusable, but understandable. How could the people have rejected me after a relatively robust economy and steady job growth over the past 4 years?. They did Donald. Yet 71 million voted for you. Well, this must be electoral fraud declared Trump and his close advisers. They like the president did not see this all coming. They too are shell shocked. Let us resort to the courts to try to overturn the democratic results.
Thirty six were filed and counting. Some 24 were dismissed for mainly lack of evidence. Courts do not want to be seen as tampering with the free democratic will of the people. “The voice of the people is the voice of God”. This analysis of Trump’s rejection needs deeper research, if not further analysis. So bear with us if we indulge further in this matter in subsequent perspectives.
Trump only has himself to blame for his rejection. Is this a fair conclusion? As is usual the verdict is yours.
Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is a senior international journalist with a sound record of picking winners and frowning on losers. He takes no prisoners.