|President Donald Trump speaks during a joint press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, June 24, 2020.(Photo by=Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)|
[아시아뉴스통신=레악카나 기자] President Donald Trump's allies and opponents have spent five years wondering if the laws of political gravity apply to him. It turns out that it's not physics that contributed to the worst political stretch of his presidency.
A crisis he downplayed and even mocked at times has Trump at a low point searching for a message while the country backslides amid a pandemic he asserted would pass. Blunt assessments are reaching the president directly: "He is losing," former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said on ABC's "This Week" Sunday. "The trend is obvious.
The trend is moving toward Joe Biden, when Joe Biden hasn't said a word." Trump's inability to answer a question about his second-term agenda last week solidified Republican concerns. Still, it's COVID-19 that tested the president most directly. Trump saw early opportunities in selling a comeback and reigniting culture wars; flare-ups now in red states don't fit with his narrative.
His casual retweet of a video where a supporter yells "white power" suggests recklessness. Now, his administration is facing serious questions and accusations about how it has responded to Russian aggression, specifically a Russian plot targeting U.S. troops. For now, there are realities that Trump isn't able to escape even as warnings grow among those who want to see him win a second term.