On November 3 of this year, presidential elections will be held in the United States. Donald Trump will seek re-election against likely Democratic candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden. This election however will be marked by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The uncertainty about the future of this virus, in particular about the more than probable arrival of a second wave is marking the political times in the American country.
Even if this feared second wave does not arrive, the effects of this virus have already left their mark on the United States, whose president has been overwhelmed, unable to provide an adequate response to the health crisis, and paralyzed by the economic consequences due to a flagrant lack of action, foresight, and leadership. The image of the president has been further damaged by the good action of certain regional leaders; mayors and especially governors of the different states of the union have set themselves up as the only champions of a forgotten people. The crisis has become a question of trust, and there is no doubt that it will leave political after-effects, especially if the president and his opponent do not react.
This virus has already had an impact on the electoral race, forcing a large number of primary elections in different states to be postponed, and opening up a debate on the conduct of elections in times of pandemic. The Democratic primaries were paralyzed, forcing their two leading contenders Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders to cancel major events and organize debates without an audience in a barely recognizable image of the great American electoral spectacle.
Whether the virus will weigh on the election of the president remains to be seen. The American electorate tends to support the president in “wartime”, as some are beginning to call the current situation. In addition, support for the president is highly ideologized, and its base highly motivated.