Updated: Apr 8
It is likely that the Coronavirus pandemic will cause us to see less rallies, which is one of President Trump's most dangerous political weapon.
By: Joshua Kennedy
So much is on the ballot this November. We have President Trump running for re-election with his energetic and determined base, while there is a strong and spirited base of Americans in opposition to President Trump and his administration's policies. This election cycle will surely bring out the emotional side of many.
The COVID-19 pandemic will change this election cycle greatly. With the CDC guidelines of staying 6 feet apart and also not allowing gatherings over a limited number, it is just not feasible to think a political rally can happen at this point in time. It is going to be a while until we will see political rallies with a large crowd since no politician wants to risk spreading the virus among the rally-goers.
This period of time with no rallies will have certain repercussions for both democrat candidate Joe Biden and President Donald Trump. For starters, President Trump will have to readjust to the changing ways he can politically increase his base. Donald Trump has evidently fed off of his crowd sizes and energy that he and his supporters were expression. The rallies he held in 2016 undoubtedly sent a message to everyone that he had a real movement growing that could not be brushed off as unlikely or improbable.
On the flip side, Joe Biden not having rallies as often will not have such a negative affect for him as he has notably ran into a few gaffes that made many bring up concerns regarding his age and many accusing him of having dementia-like symptoms. With Biden not having to be giving speeches or doing as many live interviews, it gives him an opportunity to stay clear of controversy.
One of the downsides during these times for former Vice-President Biden is the fact that President Trump is getting the media spotlight and attention with his Press Briefings on the updates of the Coronavirus crisis. This allows Americans to see and hear Donald Trump talk to the citizens with an image that many see as him showing responsibility and leadership during this time of great uncertainty. Luckily for Biden, many times Trump will make a certain comment or attack a news reporter that many will then see as him being divisive, unpresidential, or untrustworthy during a time of crisis.
Biden has majority approval amongst the democrat voters in recent polls conducted, and it looks like he may win the democratic nomination. If he does, he will have to find a way to get his message out to the nation, by doing more news interviews and live-streaming on online platforms. Trump, as president, gets more news coverage and air time, so it will be up to Biden to find a way to get on television and in the homes of the American people.
In the end, time will tell how this virus will affect this campaign cycle. But it is a certain that this cycle will be unprecedented.
The night on November 8th in 2016 made millions thrilled and excited, while millions were saddened and confused. Americans should ask themselves if they want to feel that way again on November 3rd, because voting and volunteering can go a long way to try to have the feeling they wanted on that unprecedented night in 2016. It is important that Americans use their right to vote. So much that happens in Washington D.C. affects your life, whether directly or indirectly.
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