Meanwhile, Trump’s growing concern is precisely the economic consequences of the crisis. Ironically, the decisions in question can be thought of as the adoption of a Keynesian model and lead to the further strengthening of the role of the state in both the economic and socio-political spheres.
In particular, a return to the idea of two years ago is possible, when the President offered the Democrats the adoption of a programme for the development of transport infrastructure with a total value of $1.5 trillion. At that time, the proposal was blocked due to the all-consuming hatred of the opponents of the president and their unwillingness to support any initiative that could increase his ratings. However, today this Keynesian project, in its essence, is capable of stimulating the economy on the basis of state-generated demand and creating millions of jobs, and may turn out to be a life-saving solution; sabotaging it could bring very painful political consequences.
The implications of this don’t simply concern a serious deterioration of the economic situation in the US and the global economy as a whole. By utilising the panic prevailing in the country, the Democratic Party apparatchiks hope to protect their favourite presidential election candidate, former vice president Joseph Biden, from direct communication with voters and the media. For Biden, who does not shine with either physical health or mental acuity, this could be a life-saver. Moreover, intense pressure has been levied at Biden’s main opponent, left-wing senator Bernie Sanders, to immediately depart the race. At the same time, demands are growing for an end to the internal party debates among the Democrats – and the last debate has already taken place in the absence of spectators, which also plays into the hands of a party leader who is poorly oriented in terms of space and time. We can expect further attempts to cancel Biden’s direct debate with President Trump, a debate that, for the elderly and dull-witted Democratic candidate, could turn out to be the “kiss of death.”
Particularly disappointing for the Democrats was that, according to a Gallup poll, 60% of respondents today approve of the president’s actions amid the current crisis (only 43% approved of his actions two weeks ago). Among them are a number of senior representatives of the Democratic Party, who were forced to recognise the effectiveness of the administration. Moreover, Trump’s actions didn’t just meet the approval of 92% of Republicans, but also 43% of independent voters and even 13% of Democrats, while Trump’s activity as president was generally approved by 49% of respondents (44% two weeks ago). In addition, the Republican electorate shows a very high degree of enthusiasm for its candidate – and this is in sharp contrast with the lukewarm attitude of the Democrats towards Joe Biden. The latter is not at all surprising – Biden, in addition to his general weakness, has proven himself to be the most prosaic coward, hiding in the basement of his home in Delaware and avoiding any direct contact with the outside world. All attempts by the apparatchiks of the Democratic Party and the mainstream press to airbrush his image, organise the likeness of his speeches and press conferences on Skype have failed to produce the desired result. All this sharply contrasts with the behaviour of not only Trump, who holds long press conferences every day, meets with political leaders and the leaders of large companies and continues to move around the country, but also the actions of several other politicians, including the democratic leadership of Congress and a number of governors.
Therefore, there hasn’t simply been criticism among Democrats in relation to Biden, but also proposals to replace him with a more effective candidate, for example, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is actively working in the media space now and is rapidly gaining popularity among Democrats.
However, given the rigid selection system, it will be very difficult to do so – although yesterday’s decision to postpone the party congress definitely opens up room for manoeuvre in this sense. In the near future, we can expect a new propaganda attack on Trump and his closest associates, accusing them of an ineffective approach to solve medical and socio-economic problems associated with the current crisis. With the approach of elections, direct attempts to provoke riots are also likely to destabilize the nation’s socio-political situation.
Meanwhile, the crisis has left its mark not only on domestic politics in the United States, but also on the foreign policy and trade relations of America with its partners abroad. Increasingly, one can hear statements about the deep crisis of the very globalist system that the United States and its partners in the Global North have helped built over the past 30 years.
An interesting manifestation of this trend was the president’s unilateral decision last week to cancel the G7 meeting scheduled for June 2020 in the United States and hold a video conference instead (it will follow similar events, one of which took place last week, and the other is planned for April).
On the one hand, this indicates both the seriousness of the situation with the coronavirus epidemic and the progress of telecommunication technologies.
On the other hand, the point here is not only avoiding the danger of direct physical contact – this step has once again emphasised that Trump considers the other members of the G7 as junior, rather than equal partners. It is curious that the leaders of these countries were informed about the president’s decision not by him personally, but by Trump’s economic adviser Larry Kudlow, who is also the presidential Sherpa for relations with the Seven. Following the recent closure of entry into the United States for Europeans and statements from Washington that the countries of Europe (including four members of the Seven) should rely on their own choices to combat the current crisis, these actions once again showed that the crisis only reinforced Trump’s determination to continue the line of revising the foundations of the globalisation system, changing the geopolitical priorities of US foreign policy and refusing to provide clear guarantees to European partners regarding both the military and other areas. Such a situation can in no way suit Western leaders and may lead to the further intensification of their opposition to the current American administration.