Thursday October 22, 2020
Trump tramples on the right to vote, fails to manage the crisis in the corona pandemic and behaves “suspiciously”: US reporter legend Woodward looks with concern at the presidential election – and sees even more chaotic times approaching the USA.
The US investigative journalist and author Bob Woodward does not want to rule out serious consequences if President Donald Trump is defeated. “He’s acting suspiciously. The unthinkable can happen here,” said Woodward to the “Spiegel”.
“It is actually one of the president’s duties to ensure the peaceful transfer of power and the integrity of the electoral process. Trump, on the other hand, has trampled the most basic right Americans have, the right to vote, and said, ‘We won’t know who has been elected. The election threatens an unprecedented level of chaos and disorganization. ‘”
Trump’s Democratic challenger Joe Biden is in the lead in national polls less than two weeks before the November 3rd election, but Woodward does not rule out a Trump victory. “Well, it’s entirely possible that he’ll win. A number of people think it’s impossible. I don’t trust the polls.”
Woodward explains Trump’s election victory four years ago as follows: “I believe that the old order also died in the United States in 2016. Both big parties, Republicans and Democrats, failed to recognize the moment. They have sensitivities in the The population did not perceive them. Trump, on the other hand, understood them in astonishing ways. Intuitively, not intellectually. “
Woodward does not consider Trump to be presidential because of his handling of the corona pandemic. “I think now he just doesn’t understand that it’s his responsibility to protect people. He doesn’t understand either that he has a responsibility to tell the truth. And he doesn’t understand his moral responsibility, the duties of a president conscientiously to meet. ” According to the Johns Hopkins University, around 8.34 million people in the USA have been infected with the corona virus. More than 222,000 people have died in connection with Corona.
The 77-year-old Woodward spoke to Trump for nine hours this year alone for his new book “Rage”. He has enjoyed the status of a reporter legend since the revelations in the Watergate scandal. The scandal ended in 1974 with the resignation of President Richard Nixon.