Elections on our Mind

Elections on our Mind

The sentiment among people seems to be one of resignation rather than excitement, with Biden viewed as the lesser of two evils

27-03-2024 · Column

The US elections are only a few months away, and it feels like reliving the same nightmare again. Opening my laptop, I'm greeted by yet another ad in which an old man in a suit asks me for my donations, each plea emphasizing the importance of this turning point election. The refrain is familiar: "This is the most important election." “Democracy is at stake” and clips of Biden calling Trump dangerous and irresponsible, and Trump's ads showing Biden stumbling over his words or seemingly falling asleep on stage.

Super Tuesday

Super Tuesday — the biggest election day of the year until November, in which the Republican and Democratic parties in 16 states selected their candidates for the general election — was a largely predictable affair: Trump and Biden emerged as the anticipated victors for each of their parties, with a twist in my temporary home state of Vermont's allegiance to Nikki Haley on the Republican ticket.

The upcoming elections are tangible on campus. In my constitutional law class, Trump's name looms large, entangled in a web of ongoing lawsuits. “Can he still become president?” is the question most often asked in one form or another. His four years of presidency remain a worst-case example that haunts discussions and that no one really wants to recall again.

Electoral exhaustion

But you can't call the prevailing mood on campus an electoral fever; it's more electoral exhaustion. The sentiment among people seems to be one of resignation rather than excitement, with Biden viewed as the lesser of two evils instead of a Candidate of the hearts. On Vermont's progressive campus, Trump is not even an option; the disagreement with his stances seems to be unanimous. Yet beyond the confines of campus, in the rural parts of Vermont, you will see one or two Trump flags that remind you that even thought you now exist in a somewhat Trump-free bubble, the bubble is exactly that — a bubble and not a reflection of reality. Despite several convictions, Trump could very likely move back into the White House.

As the snow slowly melts and the scent of spring fills the air, there's a lingering presence of November 5th, looming with uncertainty whenever we're reminded of the upcoming political decision the country faces. Whether we turn to the news, scroll through Instagram, or simply reflect on our surroundings, it's evident that we're in an exhausting, polarizing, and aggressive election battle.

Line-Marie Eichhorst, student at UCM

Author: Redactie

Photo: Joey Roberts

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