Next week US voters will choose between the two oldest presidential candidates in history —Joe Biden at 77 or Donald Trump at 74.
Until now, more than 80 million people have already voted, either in-person or by mail, ahead of election day on November 3.
Although traditional polling has favored Joe Biden as they did in 2016 for Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump has vowed to once again defy them and there are apparent signs once again that he will be swept in for a second term in the White House.
U.S. economy recovered significantly in GDP rebound
According to a first estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) on Thursday, the US economy recovered the significant ground it lost earlier in the coronavirus pandemic.
The economy grew at a record pace in the third quarter—increasing 7.4% over the prior quarter and at a 33.1% annual rate—recovering about two-thirds of the ground.
In the second quarter, GDP shrank at a record 31.4-per-cent annualised rate, or 9.0 percent from the first quarter, due to the business shutdowns and stay-at-home orders.
Although the coronavirus pandemic has devastated the US jobs market, the unemployment rate fell to 7.9% in September.
The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to 751,000, the lowest since March, suggesting layoffs are easing despite a rise in coronavirus infections.
A record 56% of Americans say they are better off now than they were in 2016
The majority of Americans say they are better off now than they were in 2016 when Barack Obama was in office.
The new Gallup poll found 56 percent of registered voters believe they are better off now, the highest figures on record.
Only 32 percent said they were worse off now, despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic which has cost many their jobs and businesses, and protests over racial injustice.
“Americans are expressing greater enthusiasm about voting in the 2020 election than they have done at a similar point in any election year since 2004,” Gallup wrote. “In fact, the 67% currently saying they are more enthusiastic than usual about voting ties as the highest Gallup has measured at any point in prior campaigns, including a late October 2008 reading and a reading right after the 2004 Democratic convention.”
Riots in Pennsylvania show Trump was right to honor law and order
Walter Wallace Jr., a 27-year-old Black man, was shot dead during a confrontation with police on Monday after officers responded to a report of an individual carrying a weapon. A video was captured of the incident when Wallace refused to drop his knife.
The violence intensified in other states as rioters looted stores, set fire to rubbish bins and smashed up cars back in the ransacked Pennsylvania city.
President Trump said Wednesday that the federal government is looking into the police killing of Wallace in Philadelphia while condemning the rioting that followed his death.
“What I am witnessing is terrible and, frankly, the mayor or whoever it is that is allowing people to riot and loot and not stop them is also just a horrible thing,” Trump told reporters during a press conference at his Las Vegas hotel.
As the city of Philadelphia has devolved into riots, cities such as Kenosha and Minneapolis are picking up the pieces from violent outbursts. Much of the legacy media has ignored or excused the riots, yet these disturbances are going to have an election effect in the swing states witnessing them first-hand.
More Black and Hispanic voters will turn to support Trump
Unlike most Republican politicians, who publicly talk about reaching out to Black and Hispanic voters but privately moan that it’s a waste of time and money, President Trump thinks both should be voting Republican.
According to The New York Times, approximately 950 people move to Florida every day, fuelling the state’s population boom from 18.8 million residents in 2010 to an estimated 21.48 million residents in 2019, with much of the growth attributed to racial minorities. Of those residents, 26% are Hispanic, 17% are Black, and 3% are Asian, while 53% of the state’s population is non-Hispanic white.
Since taking office, Trump has quietly built on his 2016 win in Florida, targeting Cuban-American voters, South and Central American immigrants weary of socialist leaders, Latino evangelical voters, and Black voters, a longstanding effort that has made him more popular with several key minority groups in the state this year.
President Trump said, “We’re doing very, very well with the African American vote. We’re doing very, very well with the Hispanic vote all over. And we’re doing very well. It’s going to be really something.”
What if Black and Hispanic voters provided just enough of a bump to give a Republican the presidential victory? According to the polls, it could happen.
Rasmussen’s most recent “National Daily Black Likely Voter” poll, which closed on Oct. 29, showed 31 percent of likely Black voters opting for Trump/Pence.
Black voters have become a key target for Trump this year, including younger and blue-collar Black men.
Crisis of Joe Biden surrounded by scandals
A special senate investigation has detailed how the son of presidential hopeful Joe Biden may have used his father’s position in the White House to amass wealth and power.
The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs published the report titled ‘Hunter Biden, Burisma, and Corruption: The Impact on US Government Policy and Related Concerns’.
The allegations are extraordinary – so much so that social media giants Facebook and Twitter sought to censor the story to stop it reaching voters in a manner Republicans have labelled brazen “election interference”.
Massive shocking facts related to the Biden’s family in the past few days have been exposed by the Whistleblower’s Movement initiated by Mr. Miles Kwok. Even though Mr. Kwok has kept calling the fellow fighters to work on both physical and mental health, such shocking, even disgusting, facts including lots of pictures and videos might still have destroyed a large number of fragile hearts.
The United States of America is among the greatest countries in the world. Americans are proud of the prosperous economy, the advanced technology and the well-established constitution. One day a devil, the CCP, approached the nation and applied “Blue-Gold-Yellow” to those so-called elite class. The devil promised these people benefits way beyond their imagination as long as they are willing to co-operate and follow the instruction from the devil. In consequence, more and more elite class people cannot withstand the temptation and decide to pursue the benefits promised by the devil even with the cost of over-writing the constitution, sacrificing their people, and betraying their nation.
Now Joe Biden is at the center of such scandals.
Trump has his latest remarks at a Michigan rally, “Joe Biden is a corrupt politician. The Biden family is looking more and more like a crime family. It’s called ‘the laptop from hell’. They took millions of dollars from the Chinese communists while vice-president Biden shipped Michigan jobs to China. Yesterday, the press reported this. I didn’t know it, but the report came out yesterday saying the Biden family has been under FBI investigation for a long time. They are getting millions and millions of dollars from Communist China.”
“Change My Vote”, more voters want to change to Trump
Donald Trump tweeted on October 27, “Strongly Trending (Google) since immediately after the second debate is CAN I CHANGE MY VOTE? This refers changing it to me. The answer in most states is YES. Go do it. Most important Election of your life!”
Several states do have policies for people who may have received and filled out an absentee ballot but not yet dropped it off or put it in the mail and now wish to change their vote. In that case, some states allow voters to request a replacement ballot or vote in person instead and “spoil” or void the initial absentee ballot.
The states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Alaska, and some counties in Connecticut, explicitly allow voters to change their absentee ballot choice after the vote has been cast.
Voters in Connecticut cannot change their vote but a state statute allows those who voted by mail to withdraw their absentee ballot if they request to do so in person by 5 p.m. Friday at the latest. That ballot would then be invalidated and their vote not counted.
Texas, require voters to bring their spoiled ballot to a polling place and surrender it. And in New Mexico, for example, voters who requested an absentee ballot have to sign an affidavit stating that they don’t intend to submit it in order to vote in person.
Ahead of the election, some world leaders have voiced their support for Donald Trump to retain his office in the White House.
They include Germany, Israel, India, Brazil, Russia and others.
By Winnie Troppie