Biden or Trump: Malaysia needs to be ready for the inevitable

FOREIGN Policy, one of the most prestigious magazines in the world, affirms that if President Donald Trump is re-elected the US is looking at becoming the next "Bulgaria" (Source).

The author was referring to the entrenched corruption of Bulgaria, which has become more and more serious.

As this is written, there are signs that Americans are angry, potentially against Trump. Even before Nov 3,"the official day of the election, where the President, Congressman, Senators, Governors, and Lieutenant Governors, could be elected," a phrase that came right out of presidential contender Joe Biden, mail ballots had reached an all time high of more than 100 million votes (Source).

As Joe Biden said,"Don't just vote for me, folks, there are many of whom you need to put into office too."

In more ways than one, Biden is gunning for a total victory at the White House, the Senate, the Congress, and the fifty states that form the United States of America.

My message is simple, ” Biden said, “The power to change the country is in your hands.”

His remarks there come amid record-setting early in-person voting in Cuyahoga County, a major Democratic county in a Trump-friendly state that his team has watched closely. Ohio, which helped deliver the presidency to Donald J. Trump in 2016, is still seen by many Democrats as a reach for Biden.

But Biden's campaign is seeking to create as many pathways to 270 electoral votes as possible, and a number of officials on his team have personal connections to the state, including Steve Ricchetti, a top Biden adviser and Ohio native (Source).

Malaysians should understand the emotional catharsis with which Americans are in the main anti-Trump. Although he and his wife recovered from Covid-19, as did the rest of his team in the West Wing of the office, 231,540 Americans have died, with more than 9,473,581 positive cases as of Nov 2,2020.

Comparatively, Covid-19 deaths in the US are more than 3,182 times the number of casualties of the attacks of Sept 11,2001, which stood at 2,977. A whopping 318,225% increase; and still growing !

To add salt to the wound, aside from suggesting at one stage, in August 2020, that Americans can cure themselves by "drinking or injecting bleach” which Trump later jibed was a sarcastic remark, the condescending attitude of Trump towards science, Americans and other Covid-19 patients, including those in Malaysia, never seemed to end. Why ?

In his closing remarks before the start of election day, President Trump chose to deny the existence of the coronavirus or what he called "Covid, Covid, Covid."

According to President Trump, Covid-19 was but a concoction or a lie by the doctors so that the latter can make more money from the innocent Americans (Source).

Such a remark is incendiary and wild, to say the least, as the doctors and nurses, who are trying to save the lives of the Americans, are transformed into the enemies of the people.

As early voting ended Monday (Nov 2) night, 35.7 million people had voted in person and 63.9 million had cast ballots by mail, according to the US Elections Project, a non-partisan website run by Michael McDonald, a University of Florida professor who tracks county-level data.

These numbers represent not only a tectonic shift away from one-day voting, but the staple of the American electoral system for centuries.

Americans are angry, distressed, and fed-up with President Trump and his core supporters who have tried to hijack America, as if it is theirs for the taking (Source).

Not forgetting how Trump and the Republicans tried to suppress voting and voters including ballots that had been cast through the spurious use of courts. It was, however, thrown out by the State and Federal courts.

As this is written in the wee hours of Nov 4 in Kuala Lumpur, no one knows who will win.

But given the large turn out, President Trump and his enablers over the last four years may yet get a thumping.

Regardless of who wins, the Malaysian government must stand ready to enforce its own democracy, to ensure that it does not descend to the standard of the United States that we have witnessed in the last year alone, where the pandemic was denied, mishandled, where hundreds of lawyers on either side of the parties are trying to invalidate the ballots (Source).

This bring us to Trump’s arrogated statement that the virus will just disappear back in February/March 2020.

Ironically will Covid-19 actually make him disappear from his Presidency, especially with his monumental failure in managing the pandemic with records new daily positive cases and deaths in the US.

Will multi-lateralist Biden win over unilateralist, abrasive Trump ?

The world is watching.

Dr Rais Hussin is president and CEO of Emir Research, an independent think tank focused on strategic policy recommendations.

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