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    Room 101: Could the 2020 Election Be a Dystopian Repeat of 1984 for the Democrats?


    Last week it was reported Trump and Biden are neck-and-neck in polls in Florida, one of the most crucial swing states.

    Considering Trump has suffered widespread criticism of his handling of the -19 pandemic, should the Democrats not being doing better?

    If Trump wins on 3 November will the Democrats look back on 2020 and reflect that the ticket was not what Americans were looking for?

    Could it be 1984 all over again?

    In 1980 the former Hollywood actor and Governor of California, Ronald Reagan, defeated the Democrat incumbent Jimmy Carter in a landslide.

    ​Carter had failed to tackle economic and social problems in the United States and had also been particularly inept when it came to foreign policy.

    When the pro- Shah of Iran was swept out of America was humiliated when Shia Muslim students took over the US embassy in Tehran in November 1979 and held 50 diplomats hostage with the tacit support of the new regime of Ayatollah Khomeini.

    To make matters worse Operation Eagle Claw – an attempted rescue by US special forces in April 1980 – went disastrously wrong and eight American soldiers were killed when two helicopters collided in the Iranian desert.

    The hostages were released a few minutes after Reagan was inaugurated as president in January 1981 and the new Republican President spent the next four years flexing US and diplomatic muscles around the world.

    Reagan was determined to wipe away the humiliation the United States had suffered in…

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