After almost four years in office as the president of the United States, Donald Trump wants Americans to elect him for a second term.
Donald Trump's challenger in the presidential election scheduled to be held on Tuesday, November 3 is the candidate of the Democratic Party, Joe Biden.
Does President Trump stand a chance of being re-elected? Briefly.co.za examines some key mistakes that may cost the Republican Party's candidate the chance of occupying the Oval Office for another four years.
1. Politicising the coronavirus pandemic
President's Trump approach to the coronavirus pandemic is a major misstep that may cost him the election.
For instance, at the initial stage when other world leaders were taking proactive steps, Trump politicised the virus, calling it Democrats' 'new hoax'. Most Americans, according to Pew Research, believe President Trump's early response to coronavirus was too slow.
At the time of filing this piece, over 200,000 people have died of Covid-19 in the US, according to Worldomoter.
2. Unguarded racist rhetoric
President Trump's racist rhetoric may also affect his re-election chances as the black community and others may pitch their tent with Biden.
3. Broken promises
There are some key campaign promises the US president has failed to fulfil which may cost him the election.
One of the prominent promises he made was to repeal and replace Obamacare, the US' Affordable Care Act, formally known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act introduced by former President Barack Obama.
BBC reported that Trump has made no progress regarding this promise. He has also made no progress regarding his promise to build a border wall paid for by Mexico. Failure to deliver on these key promises and others may make him lose the votes of some of those who supported him in 2016.
4. Anti-immigrant policies
President Trump's stance on immigration may turn the immigrants' community in the US against him. Since the inception of his administration, the US president has remained consistent in his anti-immigrant policies.
While he believed the policies are to protect Americans, there are reports that the policies may indeed be hurting the US.
"Likely to have precisely the opposite effect: sending jobs, innovation, investment, and economic growth abroad instead."
Meanwhile, President Trump has said his legal team will head to court immediately after the US presidential election to challenge the counting of late ballots. Trump made the statement on Sunday, November 1 when speaking to reporters in Charlotte ahead of a rally in Hickory, North Carolina.
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