How ‘General Covid-19’ could cost Trump the elections - ABDULLAH MURADOĞLU

How ‘General Covid-19’ could cost Trump the elections

Napoleon was about to win the war against Russia in 1812. However, when an unexpected ally of Russia showed up, Napoleon was unable to crown his victory, and was defeated.

He was getting ready to seize the keys to the city of Moscow, yet hardly came out of it alive. It was the allied "General Frost" who came to the rescue of Russia. Harsh winter conditions had exhausted the French army. "General Frost" would also later defeat Hitler's army in World War II.

"General Covid-19" seems to have been brought in to the rescue of the Democrats, whose hopes for defeating Trump were down in the dumps.

The U.S. elections are about 100 days away. It was unlikely that Trump would lose before the outbreak of the pandemic. However, the novel coronavirus changed everything. The Trump administration failed to put up a decent fight against its own “General Covid-19.” Nearly 150,000 people died, and 40 million people have lost their jobs.

Trump will have to pay dearly for the exacerbating pandemic. A significant percentage of Republicans who support Trump think he has not fared well in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

One American writer labeled his country as "the best democracy money can buy," and donations have always shaped U.S. elections.

Before the outbreak, Trump seemed to have collected more money than the Democrats for the 2020 elections. Now the tables have turned.

After leading billionaires of "Silicon Valley," financial groups nestled into the heart of Wall Street and dug deep into their pockets for Joe Biden to win.

Wall Street was never a big fan of either Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders or Senator Elizabeth Warren from the progressive wing, who were both vying to clutch the nomination of the Democratic Party.

The two candidates were in favor of more taxes and stronger regulations. Biden left his rivals behind in the primaries. However, Biden had collaborated with Sanders and Warren. Now, these three names will influence Biden's upcoming administration. If he wins, Wall Street groups will pay more taxes, but they think they will somehow make it up. In other words, what they give with one hand, they will take away with the other.

The Republican Party wants to direct its cash resources to Trump only. In November, not only will a U.S. President be elected, but a third of Senate seats will also be up for reelection. Also, hundreds of Republican candidates will be needing money.

Trump's son-in-law and Chief Advisor Jared Kushner played the leading role in the allocation of party resources to the elections.

In 2018, while the Republicans lost their majority in the House of Representatives, they have three more seats than Democrats in the Senate.

Republicans seem to have given up on the House of Representatives. That's why they put all their financial might behind Trump and the Senate bids.

As far as their priorities go, the House of Representatives seems to be at the bottom of the list. However, Republican lawmakers are rebelling against this situation.

Trump is losing some of his major donors who invested in him in 2016. Billionaire investor Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebecca Mercer are AWOL. The Mercers were also the financiers of right-wing groups, better known as the "Alternative Right". One of these names is Trump's former Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. The Mercers was among the former donors of Trump's National Security Advisor John Bolton. Trump fired both of them from the White House.

Robert Mercer has also taken a big hit in the process of Bannon's sacking. He transferred his shares in Breitbart News, previously headed by Bannon, to his daughter and withdrew from his position as CEO at the investment company. Now all eyes are on the Mercers. However, the family has not given any positive signals yet. No one expects that the Mercers will be sitting the November elections out either.

Another important donor of Trump’s was Zionist billionaire Sheldon Adelson. Adelson collected his dues from the Trump administration in the form of investments: the U.S. Embassy was moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; the annexation of the Golan Heights by Israel was officially recognized; and Palestinians were officially punished.

It is said, however, that Adelson's attempts to open a casino in China have been interrupted. So it is not clear whether Adelson will step up and fill the void left by Mercer. This is the latest in the ongoing funding battle between the two parties.


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