Trump or Biden? Americans do not fear the other man; rather, we fear ourselves

Anjali Jain
Jon Gabriel, a Mesa resident, is editor-in-chief of and a contributor to The Arizona Republic and

This election holds the least significance in our lifetimes.
This is considered a taboo sentiment in politics, as publicity, contributions, and ballots would hinge on an electorate that is collectively terrified. Consultants must persuade individuals that if the opposing candidate prevails, the nation will collapse.
Voters, however, will find this message of doom and despair intolerable. Both have become excessive over the course of the last decade.

This year, we can anticipate a dearth of positive campaigning due to the fact that both front-runners have so little to boast about.
Instead of being concerned about the consequences of the other man winning, the majority of Americans are concerned about their own victory.
The 2024 election presents options that few desire.
A Registered voters were asked by the Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll whether they are content with another Biden-Trump matchup. The outcomes shall not satisfy either campaign.
About one-third of the respondents deemed this to be “a good option for the electorate,” whereas the remaining 64% stated that “the nation requires an alternative.”
Although 50% of Republicans appear content with Trump, an overwhelming 73% of Democrats are opposed to this 2020 rerun.
Nikki Haley, who remains ostensibly in the Republican nomination, stated, “The majority of Americans do not desire a rematch between Biden and Trump… Political party that retires its 80-year-old candidate first will emerge victorious in this election.
She placed second in the recent Nevada primary where she examined this message. Who emerged first victorious? “These candidates are all out.”
Trump was not even included on the ballot.
A majority of voters oppose both Trump and Biden.
Although the primary supporters of both political parties appear satisfied with their selections, the majority of Americans yearn for a third alternative.
Voters responded affirmatively to the question of whether they would “consider an independent moderate candidate running for the presidency,” with 55% of respondents selected.
The Biden salute. Trump is irrational.
When a concrete candidate enters the political arena, endorsing a broad term like “moderate” typically proves ineffective. (Much like Ron Swanson from “Parks and Recreation,” I consider the majority to be opposed to my definition of a centrist.)
Despite this, it is remarkable how little enthusiasm the majority of Americans have for either candidate nine months before an election. Rather than erecting yard signs and adorning bumper decals, individuals prefer to minimize their exposure to our disheartening political climate.
53% of voters, according to the same survey, believe Biden “is incapable of running an effective campaign,” whereas 50% believe Trump’s legal issues “prevent” him from running for president.
Although a few external possibilities are unpleasant to consider, they have the potential to alter one of the main party candidates. No one wishes for a “black swan” event, such as war or terrorism, or a significant health crisis, regardless of how dire the current situation may be.
What will candidates on the down ballot do?
Should voter apathy persist, 2024 may witness a substantial decline in election participation. In 2020, a record number of ballots were submitted, for a participation rate of 66.6%. (An appropriate number, come to think of it.)
As a result of the political malaise that has gripped the United States, November is likely to witness a decline in overall voter turnout and party convention attendance. Because debates will never occur, they will remain unobserved.
While Biden argues that he is unable to share the stage with a “threat to democracy,” Trump contends that he is preoccupied with defending himself against his most recent indictment. Although the truth is that they are both too elderly, ardent partisans are willing to accept these flimsy justifications.
Regardless, voters would rather watch Netflix.
The down-ballot candidates, who will be forgotten in the confusion, present the true obstacle. Motivating a disengaged electorate is imperative, ideally through the dissemination of a few optimistic messages that can penetrate the vitriolic discourse emanating from the leadership.

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