US election campaign derailed by COVID-19 and protests

America is running one of the most unconventional election campaigns

America is running one of the most unconventional election campaigns due to the coronavirus outbreak and mass riots, RISS expert Sergey Mikhailov says. We are witnessing the most widespread rebellion in American history today, he outlines.

Mikhailov recalled the 1992 Los Angeles uprising, a series of civil disturbances that occurred in Los Angeles County. But these riots were not so nationwide as today’s protests; it was an anger that had only been simmering in the neighborhood. Current ongoing unrest over George Floyd killing shows raising discontent and disaffection among the population. The coronavirus pandemic has caused tremendous human and economic hardship across the United States. Unemployment has reached unprecedentedly high levels; a lot of Americans have been left completely destitute after this unforeseen crisis.

RISS expert drew attention to the fact that Democrats couldn't help but take advantage of this unsteady crisis situation and supported the protesters. Former democratic President Barack Obama urged George Floyd demonstrators to push for change, “make people in power uncomfortable”. According to him, people had to vote for the democratic candidate and change the entire political system.

Statements that “design and structure of US government and political system need big changes” have already become a kind of American tradition, Mikhailov underscores. He recalled 2016 campaign trail when Trump boldly proclaimed that he would “drain the swamp”. Trump has been president for 4 years, but continues to repeat his falsehoods about “Washington’s swamp”. Both Democrats and Republicans were not ready for such mass protests, so their reaction was just improvisation, Mikhailov concluded.

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