Budowsky: Biden will end Trump's American nightmare

Budowsky: Biden will end Trump's American nightmare
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The large and growing opposition to President TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump, Jared Kusher's lawyer threatens to sue Lincoln Project over Times Square billboards Facebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' MORE, and the continuing and growing political success of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFacebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' Senate GOP to drop documentary series days before election hitting China, Democrats over coronavirus MORE, is happening because a large majority of Americans want to end the American nightmare that was caused by the presidency of Trump and would end with the presidency of Biden.

The 2020 election is a referendum about continuing or ending this American nightmare:

The deadly spread of the COVID-19 disease, and the grave and immediate danger of a second wave that is building as the flu season approaches, is one of the most horrendous American nightmares in the history of the republic.


For voters COVID-19 is different. We may disagree on policies and politics, but COVID-19 is entirely different. COVID-19 is a matter of life and death, which has killed more than 210,000 Americans with leading medical authorities warning that the death toll could rise to more than 400,000 Americans by January. Voters pay extremely close attention to COVID-19 because they do not want to die or become grievously ill.

Voters do not want COVID-19 to dominate their lives, as Trump self-destructively says. Voters correctly fear that COVID-19 is dominating Trump, as illness and deaths continue to mount, and they fear, correctly, that this American nightmare threatens their safety and lives.

The American nightmare that plagues voters includes the catastrophic pain throughout the American economy — the worst since the Great Depression in the 1930s — that was solely caused by Trump’s catastrophic failure to defeat the deadly virus.

If Trump had effectively managed the COVID-19 crisis since January, the economy would be powerfully stronger than it is today and would be poised to soar in the near future. Trump’s COVID-19 failures are the sole, direct and only cause of the magnitude of economic pain that Americans endure in this American nightmare today.

Huge majorities of voters believe, correctly, that if Biden were president their lives would be safer from the virus, and it is increasingly obvious to voters that if Biden is elected and the virus is defeated their economic lives would be far better too.


The American nightmare also includes the availability of health care during the worst health crisis in a century and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

Former President Obama, Vice President Biden and a Democratic Congress enacted the Affordable Care Act. From the moment it passed, Republicans were trying to destroy it. From the moment Trump was inaugurated he was trying to destroy it, with a pathological and unnatural hatred of Obama.

At this moment Republicans are trying to pack the Supreme Court, hoping it would destroy this urgently needed health care system in a case that begins shortly after the election, with Republicans offering no replacement from the moment it passed until today.

Historians will view the recent Trump-Biden debate as one of the great disasters, for Trump, in the history of presidential debates. Trump acted like a banana republic dictator of the 1970s, bellowing, shouting, interrupting and hectoring; his performance raised decisive questions about his competence and stability that guarantee a continuation of the American nightmare if he is reelected.

Voters today witness the American nightmare infecting even the president who caused and would continue it. The White House itself has become a virtual ghost town. Trump, his staff, Republican senators and countless supporters infect each other because of their shared disastrous practices.

The president who super-spreads falsehoods about the virus hosted a White House event that super-spread the disease itself —allowing COVID-19 to further dominate Trump and escalate the American nightmare that would end if Biden is president.

Trump tells voters to get used to living with COVID-19, horrifying senior citizens and families across the nation.

Biden tells voters we can and must defeat COVID-19, revive the economy, provide good health care to everyone, and end the American nightmare by electing the only candidate who would be president for all of the people — and lead with experience, respect, compassion, decency and common sense.

Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Texas) and former Rep. Bill Alexander (D-Ark.), who was chief deputy majority whip of the House of Representatives. He holds an LLM in international financial law from the London School of Economics.