“Weird shit happens every single day”
Political debate in America in 2020 has been ugly, accusatory, and extreme. As we enter the last 50 days of the US election campaign, it can seem like the entire nation is resorting to irrational behaviour. There is no longer any civilised forum to debate or negotiate differences.
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In the final hectic weeks of the US presidential election, it feels that the idea of democracy itself is on the ballot.
In our US Election file this week we are arming you with knowledge to make sense of what’s coming – and looking at the deep divisions unlikely to be healed by the result on November 3.
For this week’s audio we went south to the perennial swing state of Florida, where Trump won narrowly in 2016. Four years later, is the state ready to flip again? And will its disastrous approach to Covid 19 be a factor for voters? David Taylor, editor
We headed for Florida, which always seems to be the centre of attention in presidential races, to try to understand how the 2020 election will be decided. Will it be an election about Covid and competence, law and order or racial justice? Is it going to be a referendum on the character of Donald Trump or just further evidence of a hopelessly divided nation? And if there is a winner on 3 November, will half of the United States be in the mood to accept the result?