I’m breaking my own rule for once and writing something overtly political: an opinion piece, and it’s just my opinion, so feel free to disagree.
Regardless of the eventual outcome of the US Presidential election, more Americans have voted for Donald Trump in 2020 than they did in 2016.
Let that sink in.
Half of the population of America have looked at the last four years and decided they would like more of the same. More pandemic deaths, more race riots, more climate crisis, more enabling of extremist right-wing groups, more corruption, more tweets.
Regardless of the polling, I thought Trump would win again, for one simple reason: America is nuts. It is an insane country. It is home to some of the most extreme ideologies and people on the planet. Forget African military juntas, or South American dictators, or the Commies in Asia, or the Islamists in the Middle East – America tops them all as being the most f**ked up country on Earth. The insane fixation on having the right to own a gun, the insane fixation on not allowing free universal health care, the insane racism, the insane role that fundamentalist religion still plays, the insane debate around abortion, the insane anti-immigration stance of a country founded by immigrants.
There is a lot I love about America, there are a lot of good people in America, but a lot of that is based on an America, and an idea of America, that belongs to the past. Maybe it will come back again, one day, but now is the time for the rest of the world, and the UK in particular (with all our own flaws), to stop regarding America as the beacon it once was, to stop regarding America as the leader of the free world and to start forging closer relationships with our European neighbours.
I hope Biden pulls through, but I don’t think he has the votes. America had its chance, and it blew it.