US President Donald Trump said that it would be difficult for the first popularly elected American President, George Washington, to defeat him in the election if the rating of the current head of state did not fall amid the coronavirus pandemic. Trump said this in an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt.
According to him, the results of the polls showed that before the start of the pandemic, his ratings were growing, and it would be difficult for George Washington to get around him in the elections, writes The Hill. However, current polls have shown that many US citizens are unhappy with the actions of the US administration during the COVID-19 epidemic.
According to survey data aggregator RealClearPolitics, on March 31, in the early days of the spread of COVID-19, 47.3% were ready to support Trump. In early July, this figure dropped to 41.1%.
At the same time, as of August 11, 49.1% of Americans declared their readiness to support the main rival of the current president, Democrat Joseph Biden, who, on average, is ahead of Trump by seven percentage points.
Earlier Tuesday, Biden announced that he had selected Senator Kamala Harris from California as his running mate. He recalled that Harris worked closely with his son Bo when she served as California’s attorney general.
Harris was previously Biden’s rival for the Democratic presidential nomination. In December 2019, she announced her retirement from the race. She later came out in support of Biden.
The National Congress of the US Democratic Party, at which Biden should be announced as a candidate for the post of head of the White House, has been postponed due to the pandemic to August 17-20. It will take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Republican convention is scheduled for August 24-27. Its major events are expected to take place in Jacksonville, Florida and Charlotte, North Carolina.
The US presidential election is scheduled for November 3.