The 2020 U.S. Election - A Battle for America’s Soul
As the battle for the White House is picking up speed, American society seems divided like never before. In a report by German broadcaster Phoenix, GMF President Karen Donfried gives her assessment of where it might be heading three months before the election.
The killing of George Floyd in May sparked protests and civil unrest in many U.S. cities. Yet the political impact of the movement remains uncertain. According to Karen Donfried, the “diverse mix of Americans who have participated in the protests” sets this movement apart from similar movements in the 1960s, and it “gives many Americans hope” that there can be lasting change.
Calling for such change is Trump’s opponent Joe Biden, who said the race to be the next U.S. president was a “battle for the soul of America”. Indeed, said Donfried, “America’s soul is clearly divided. Some are evoking a ‘culture war’”. She thinks the division of U.S. society is reflected in candidates’ campaign rhetoric, where Donald Trump evokes the image of crisis whereas Joe Biden seeks to give Americans "hope" for a better and more united future.
Chances that the United States could slide into a civil war are very slim, Donfried believes. “Overall, most protests were peaceful. We have to acknowledge that many Americans are longing for renewal,” she said.