The Most Confusing Election - Ever. Why Would Americans Vote Against Their Interests?
By Rick Hayes
The 2020 Presidential election will be marked as the most confusing in American election history. How the economy is running usually determines the fate of the incumbent, and Trump, before the pandemic, made the American economy the most robust in the world.
Most Americans attributed the economic downturn in 2020 due to the Covid-19 shutdowns rather than Trump's policies. Add to that that only 10 out of 45 presidents did not win re-election for a second term when running again.
Maybe a Biden win could be explained because, in one survey, 58% of registered Biden voters said their vote was more in opposition to President Trump than in support of Biden, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. But that possibility doesn't balance against the unprecedented outpouring for Trump across the entire country.
A magnitude of authentic passion on a scale never before seen for a Presidential candidate. Caravans miles long would spontaneously spring up out of nowhere. Hundreds of pro-Trump banners were on cars, trucks, and motorcycles as they drove on the highways and streets of Long Island, New York.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Trumptillas, or Trump-themed flotillas, were seen cruising the nation's waterways. "I've never seen anything like this," said Jimmy Rogers, sales manager at Tom George Yacht Group, who said in past years you'd see the occasional Gators or Seminoles flag on the water. Now, he said, "If you're at a sandbar, 50 percent plus have Trump stuff."
While President Trump experienced packed stadiums across the country with audiences in the tens of thousands, Joe Biden's strategy, for whatever reason, was to stay away from the campaign trail. But even during the limited times that Biden emerged and engaged publically with the American people, barely more than a few dozen people were in attendance.
But it's not because of the lopsided rally turnouts that spun the heads of election pollsters who picked Trump to win, but rather the enormous gap between what the American people desired and what Biden had promised.
The list of firmly held Biden policies that went entirely against the demands of many Americans went far beyond giving free healthcare to illegal immigrants managing to cross the southern border.
According to a May 2021 ABC News Poll, 73% of Americans believe the Second Amendment guaranteed the right of citizens to own guns. And the clear weapon of choice of most law-abiding Americans is the AR-15. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, some 5 million to 10 million AR-15 style rifles exist in the U.S.
Before the 2020 election, Joe Biden characterized the AR-15 as an assault weapon and promised to take those guns away from the American people. Despite the overwhelming disconnect between Americans and Biden regarding gun rights and ownership of the AR-15, remarkably, over 81 million Americans voted for Biden accepting, on some level, his AR-15 gun confiscation policy.
Leading up to the 2020 election, Joe Biden linked President Trump with white supremacy and put white supremacists front and center as a significant problem in the U.S. As President, he doubled down on that position when he declared that white supremacists were the most dangerous threat to America.
According to a May 4th to May 10th PBS / NPR/ Marist poll, 48 percent of U.S. adults disagreed with Biden that white supremacists are the most dangerous threat to America, including 88 percent of Republicans and 55 percent of independents. Nevertheless, a record number of Americans voted for Biden.
Before the 2020 election, Biden was vocal about his stand against voter ID laws and maintained that such laws were racist. According to a 2018 article in the Boston Herald, Biden told MSNBC's Rev. Al Sharpton that "The GOP wants voter identification laws for one reason. Racist Republicans so despise blacks and are so determined to oppress them that they seek to prevent all blacks from voting."
A June 2021 Forbes article referred to a Monmouth poll that found that 80% of Americans supported voter ID rules. It would seem that having secure and valid elections is a big issue for a vast majority of the country but such was not the case on election day.
Despite Biden's polar opposite position from most American people regarding voter ID laws and the real potential for fraudulent future elections, Americans overwhelmingly chose Biden to be the 46th President.
Was the hatred of Trump so intense that 80 million Americans ignored their economic stability and personal safety? Maybe so, but then again, perhaps the chasm between the Biden plan and demands by most Americans explains the distrust by many in the 2020 election results and not white racism, as the media now maintains.
(c) 6/2021 R. Hayes