While Trump Shelters in the White House,
America Cries Out for Leadership
By Michel Ouellette JMD, ll.l., ll.m.
156 Days Until The 2020 Midterm Election, Trump Is Now Facing a Leadership Test That He Is Miserably Failing.
Under siege in the White House, Trump is aggravating America's latest racial anguish in a nation now simultaneously beset by violence-wracked cities, a deadly disease and staggering economic deprivation.
The best political opportunity for Joe Biden ever
It is time for the Former Vice President Joe Biden to take command. In a “Coup d’État” kind of way, it is time for Joe Biden to emerge from his basement and start acting like the official president of the United States, not a running candidate.
In these days of deadly pandemic, staggering economic deprivation and national racial unrest, whoever takes the lead know to unite a highly divided nation will be the next president of the United States.
Even a Pig Running Against Trump in the November Midterm Election Would Win
Amid the national protests going on, far from acting to restore calm, Trump's instinct has been to exacerbate the sense of crisis and division.
Abroad, Trump is accelerating a new Cold War with China as he seeks to lay blame for the coronavirus pandemic that has infected 1.7 million Americans.
As Trump fumes, the country is getting a glimpse of how a Megalomaniac Narcissistic President with authoritarian reflexes handles a public order crisis and a potential preview of the no-holds-barred politics with which he plans to win re-election in November.
"Get tough Democrat Mayors and Governors... The World is ... laughing at you and Sleepy Joe."
"Get tough Democrat Mayors and Governors. These people are ANARCHISTS. Call in our National Guard NOW. The World is watching and laughing at you and Sleepy Joe. Is that what America wants? NO!!!" Says Trump.
This is not the way to face the crisis that the United States is now facing.
In normal circumstances, a president could be expected to face the situation, call for calm and deliver an Oval Office Address inviting to unification and pacification, not to hide in his underground bunker like a rat, toying around with his phone and tweeting insults, absurdities and invitations to violence.
Trump's history of racist positions on controversies disqualifies him as a force for unity at a time of political tension.
As he often does, Trump continues to make confounding counter-intuitive political calculations trying to brand the protests as the work of extremists and agitators so that he can make Democrats look weak by comparison. His loaded language, far from guaranteeing his midterm re-election, risks alienating minorities, swing-state suburban and women voters whom he needs the votes to win re-election.
Presidents are judged on how they handle crises on their watch
Trump's habitual governing methods, seeking personal political gain from extreme circumstances and social alienation, appear to make all the actual cascading crises only worse.
His tweet "when the looting starts, the shooting starts," far from providing him with a personal political gain, only fueled the incendiary tone around Floyd's death.
The same happened with his next tweet when he warned the protesters in front of the White House that if they were to breach the White House's fence, they would be greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons he ever seen.
Talk about a loser!
Everybody is fed up with Trump
Trump is not only losing the support of the people, he is also losing support from his closest allies: his political advisers and the members of his own family.
While some of his political advisers are telling Trump that he should condemn rioting and looting more forcefully or risk losing middle-of-the-road voters in November, other more conciliant advisers are appropriately urging him to address the nation and call for calm and unity.
Trump's lashing out at Antifa may indicate he has chosen to follow his instincts and has chosen to play the law-and-order card. Another very bad decision! Far from offering Trump a chance to turn the political narrative away from his handling of the pandemic, far from appealing to some suburban voters who fear insecurity and unrest, this decision
Is only confirming what a majority of American citizens are now believing: Trump is senseless and it is time to get rid of him.
Biden for President!
All these protests across America are only doing one thing: Testing Trump and Biden’s leadership and ability to govern.
While the nation is in political and economic chaos, a direct consequence of the coronavirus pandemic, racial protests continue to reverberate through cities across the nation, as crowds take to the streets to protest George Floyd's death.
Adopting tough-on-crime language like "looting leads to shooting" and warning of "vicious dogs" and "ominous weapons" awaiting protests that turn violent, Trump has mostly taken to Twitter to respond to the situation before hiding in his bunker.
While Trump retreated in his underground bunker, former Vice President Joe Biden has taken a more active role in responding to the situation. On Friday, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said he had spoken with Floyd's family, and called on Americans to confront racial injustice in the nation declaring that it's "time for us to take a hard look at the uncomfortable truths."
On Sunday, Biden issued another statement: "Protesting such brutality is right and necessary. It's an utterly American response. But burning down communities and needless destruction is not." Calling out racial injustice and supporting peaceful protests is what will get Biden elected.
My advice to Joe, get out of your basement: Follow the example of these chiefs of police that joined the ranks of the protesters and kneeled in front of George Floyd's memorial. Doing only this would win you all the votes necessary to blast Trump out of the White House and the political map.
It is time for Biden to take advantage of the situation
Biden has not trailed Trump this entire year in a single telephone poll, historically the most accurate. In fact, the Former Vice President Joe Biden has never been behind in any of these polls since at least January 2019.
A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows Former Vice President Joe Biden clearly ahead of Trump. In this survey, the shows Former Vice President Joe Biden is up by a 53% to 43% margin among registered voters.
Since day one of his election Trump has been very unpopular and nothing changed since day one: Trump remains very unpopular. Today, his net approval rating in the ABC News/Washington Post poll is minus 8 points. That is very close to the average of national polls, which has it at minus 10 points. Joe Biden is in one of the best positions for any challenger since scientific polling began in the 1930s.
At no point during the past three years has Trump ever had a positive net approval rating. The only other two presidents to have a net approval rating this low at this point in the campaign were Carter in 1980 and George H.W. Bush in 1992 and both of them lost re-election.
Between the coronavirus pandemic and now the protests and riots taking place nationwide, the United States is obviously in a volatile news environment providing the Former Vice president Joe Biden with the greatest opportunity of his lifetime: a clear path to the presidency of the United States of America.
If Biden is opportunistic enough to take full advantage of the situation by showing real presidential leadership, even if he was to put his foot in his mouth as he usually does, in November, the presidency is his.
Things being what they are now, nothing will move the electorate substantially in Trump's direction. Even a pig running against him would be elected President of the United States.
Michel Ouellette JMD, ll.l., ll.m.
Systemic Strategic Planning, Crisis & Reputation Management