With less than two weeks until the US elections, Joe Biden continues to cling to a healthy lead over Donald Trump. Yet as early voting gets underway, Democrats are warning about complacency, and both sides are gearing up for a post-election fight if the results are close. In this Q&A, Thomas Gift examines what’s in store for the final […]
The recent death of Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will set up a bruising battle in Washington over her replacement. With just two months to go before Americans casts their ballots on November 3rd, President Trump has insisted that he has the right to fill the vacancy, whereas Democrats argue that no new justice should be confirmed until […]
With the Democratic National Convention in the rearview mirror, Republicans will use their own convention this week to try to resuscitate President Trump’s re-election bid. In this Q&A, Thomas Gift examines how Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is positioning himself in the race for the White House, how Trump will deflect criticisms, and what it means for the 2020 […]
Joe Biden’s “veepstakes” are finally over: The Democratic nominee for president has chosen California Senator Kamala Harris as his vice-presidential running mate. In this Q&A, Thomas Gift examines what may have tipped the scales in favor of Harris, the pros and cons of her selection, and how she may influence the 2020 race for the White House.
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Trump’s electoral fortunes may hinge on whether he can distract voters from his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic
With less than three months to go before the 2020 US elections, President Trump is fighting the dual challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and a plummeting economy writes Thomas Gift in this Q&A. Trump’s strategy now will likely be to distract voters from his poor handling of the COVID-19 pandemic by attacking Joe Biden as being too far to […]
President Trump has been criticised increasingly for his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has seen the US become one of the worst affected countries. In this Q&A, Thomas Gift explains that Donald Trump has reason to be concerned about his flagging campaign and low poll numbers. At the same time, the 2020 race for the White House is […]
Trump’s mismanagement of the US COVID-19 response may have eroded his international reputation – not that he cares.
Recent polls outside of the US indicate that President Donald Trump’s leadership is not trusted overseas. In this Q&A, Thomas Gift writes that while Trump’s poor handling of the US response to the COVID-19 pandemic is unlikely to exact irreparable damage to US soft power on its own, it is part of a wider trend of perceived poor leadership […]
This past weekend, on the eve of Independence Day celebrations, President Trump took a divisive tone by attacking his opponents on the left. In this Q&A, Thomas Gift writes that Trump’s poor polling against his Democratic presidential challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden, and the ongoing criticisms of his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, mean that he is likely to continue to hit […]
COVID-19 and #BlackLivesMatter have put Trump on the back foot, but it’s too early to say that he’s lost his loyal base
This election year, President Trump has faced significant criticism not only for his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but now also for his reaction to the renewed #BlackLivesMatter protests that began after the death of George Floyd in Minnesota last month. Thomas Gift writes that although Trump now trails his Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden, in many […]
Michael Bloomberg is eyeing the White House: Here are the strengths – and weaknesses – of his candidacy.
Michael Bloomberg has enjoyed a storied career in business, politics, and philanthropy. Will he soon call the White House home? Amid an already jam-packed field of Democratic presidential candidates, the billionaire businessman and former New York City mayor has indicated that he’s considering a run for the nation’s highest office. Thomas Gift discusses the strengths and weaknesses of a […]