The US in the spring of the pandemic by Thomas Frank, June 2020, Le Monde diplomatique

Covid-19 brought economic chaos to the US, and with that a possibility for huge political policy changes. But if Joe Biden wins the presidential election, he’s promised nothing will change. The best of time, the worst of times.

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1 Response to The US in the spring of the pandemic by Thomas Frank, June 2020, Le Monde diplomatique

  1. Marc says:

    from, 6/5/2020

    Jay ValenciĀ·
    Studied at University of Pennsylvania

    If Donald Trump wins the 2020 election, what does that say about the general population of the USA?

    During the height of the Watergate scandal Richard Nixon had a 24% approval rating.

    During the financial collapse of 2008, George W Bush had an approval rating of 27%

    Despite impeachment, a pandemic and the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, Donald Trump’s approval rating has held in the mid 40s.

    What this tells us is just how polarized we have become. In 1974, 24% of the American people said they approved of a criminal in the White House as long as he’s in the right party. Today it’s 45%.

    In 2008 only 27% of the American people approved of the President who led us into the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression. Today 45% of the American people approve of the President leading us through an economic crash that might be worse than the Great Depression.

    It says that Democrats and Republicans, Liberals and Conservatives have retreated to their own corners. Nobody wants to meet in the middle. To the typical Trump supporter the chaos is the point. The cruelty is the point. The ignorance is the point. It’s a nihilistic, scorched earth mindset that has no tangible goals or purpose. We get the government we deserve.

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