Trump is trailing Biden nationally and in the battleground states. But Hillary Clinton had been leading in the polls too! Well, here are five surefire signs, other than the polls, that indicate Donald Trump is losing.
Donald J. Trump’s defeat is indubitably a prospect worth relishing. Poll pundits are excitedly telling us that Trump is losing because – duh – Election Day is less than four days away and Joe Biden continues to be way ahead of him in the presidential polls. What’s more, the President is trailing the former Vice President nationally as well as in key swing states such as Michigan, Pennsylvania Wisconsin, and New Hampshire.
Donald Trump is Losing! Here are Five Sure-Fire Signs.
Here’s the bad news though: national polls are only one way of forecasting the election results, and not entirely reliable at that. It’s hard to forget that in 2016, Hillary Clinton had been leading in most polls, even went on to win three million more votes than Trump nationally, but still lost to him because of the Electoral College system.
Well, here are 5 surefire signs, other than the polls, that indicate Donald Trump is losing:
1) Trump Himself Hasn’t Ruled Out Losing
When a megalomaniac sociopath, more cocksure of himself than James Bond, actually begins to see a possibility of losing to his opponent – and even makes a public admission of it – you know it’s not something you can easily brush aside. Back in June, amidst fears that he might not relinquish his office peacefully, Trump, in an interview with Fox anchor Harris Faulkner, said he would leave office without a fuss if he lost the election to Joe Biden. Then, in mid-October, while addressing a rally in Macon, Georgia, Trump said, apparently in part-jest, that he’d “maybe” leave the country if he lost. Trump leaving the country if he lost! We daresay we look forward to it.
2) Trump Has Shown Tacit Support For Conspiracy Theories
Donald Trump’s predilection for startling conspiracy theories is well-known. In the past, he floated the birther conspiracy theory about President Obama, claimed the Obama administration supported Islamic terrorists, and baselessly linked Senator Ted Cruz’s father to the man who assassinated President John F. Kennedy. More recently, Trump has adamantly refused to disavow QAnon, painting the collective of far-right conspiracy theorists as a benign anti-pedophile, patriotic group instead. On 13 October, Trump retweeted a post from a now-suspended account linked to QAnon which fantastically alleged that Biden and Obama had members of SEAL Team 6 killed instead of Osama Bin Laden and that the man killed in the 2011 raid was a body double. Trump’s tacit support for QAnon, which believes he is covertly battling a satanic child sex trafficking ring involving global elites including high-profile Democrats, shows how he’s grasping at straws.
On 13 October, Trump retweeted a post from a now-suspended account linked to QAnon which fantastically alleged that Biden and Obama had members of SEAL Team 6 killed instead of Osama Bin Laden and that the man killed in the 2011 raid was a body double.
Watch: Trump praises QAnon Supporters
3) Trump Has Made Bizarre Allegations Against Biden & Harris
Trump’s recent attacks on Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been nothing short of outrageous. He has claimed that Biden is on “performance enhancing drugs” and retailed absurdities about borders being abolished and radical left-wing mobs given free rein under a Biden administration. He has lately seized upon emails – whose discovery rests on a remarkable slew of coincidences – purportedly from Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden that point to him having benefitted financially from his son’s questionable overseas business dealings. Trump has also directed his salvos at Kamala Harris, calling her a “monster”, “communist” and insinuating she is mentally unbalanced. Besides, seeking to capitalize on the worst fears of his core base – white men without a college degree – he has warned that Kamala Harris, black and a woman, could be in control of America given Biden’s mental infirmity.
Reeks of desperation, right?
Watch: Trump amplifies Racist Conspiracy over Kamala Harris’ eligibility to be Vice President
4) The Trump Campaign Is Almost Broke
The Trump campaign is facing financial difficulties in the final critical days of the 2020 presidential race. While the Trump campaign entered October with just over $60 million, Biden had $177 million – nearly three times more. Consequently, Trump has been forced to pull back some of his television advertising in battleground states and resort to aggressive tactics like sending out email solicitations. Even then, Biden is set to vastly outspend the President on ads in the closing days. Significantly, conservatives on Wall Street and in the broader finance community have donated just over $13 million to support Trump this time as compared to $20 million in 2016. So serious is the cash crunch, it has reportedly triggered a blame game among Trump team officials. Well, so much for their vaunted fund-raising prowess.
Biden is set to vastly outspend the President on ads in the closing days.
5) Biden’s Polling Lead Over Trump Is Different From Hillary Clinton’s
As mentioned earlier, Donald Trump is trailing Biden, but he was also trailing Clinton in 2016 and still managed to win. Well, the polls are a little different this time. In 2016, Trump was rapidly closing the gap with Hillary Clinton in the final five days of the campaign, whereas no such advancements can be seen in 2020. By this point in the previous election, Clinton had lost her lead – ostensibly over revelations about her email server – and had a near tie with Trump. While Joe Biden’s national lead has slightly shrunk in recent weeks, his edge appears more stable than Clinton’s ever was, and it looks as though he may be able to maintain his polling lead over Trump through Election Day. Moreover, according to a CNN poll, Clinton’s net favorability rating was far worse than Biden’s by this time. Time to sweat, Mr. President.
Watch: This is why Trump will lose the 2020 Election
As President of the United States, Donald J. Trump scarcely has a legacy to be proud of. He made life difficult for low-income Americans by slashing cash, food and housing benefits for the poor, rolled back environmental regulations, mismanaged the coronavirus pandemic causing thousands of deaths and millions of job losses, fueled race divisions and deepened polarization, brought the U.S. and Iran to the brink of war, and by legitimizing anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant narratives, narrowed the definition of what it means to be an American. His defeat will mean the defeat not of a one-term President but of economic and social inequity, racism, sexism, tax fraud, nepotism, lies, empty rhetoric, and hatred of “the other”. It is supremely ironical that the forces Trump speaks of eliminating, namely radical left-wing violence and Islamist terrorism, are in fact likely to see a spurt in a counter-reaction to his administration’s hardline approach.
The fact that Donald J. Trump appears to be losing is good, but not good enough. He must lose this election. Time we crossed our fingers and said a prayer.