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America is being torn to pieces politically as Pharaoh’s political party was in the days when Jehovah went after the freedom of Israel. —the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad
When you unravel something, you undo twisted, knitted, or woven threads; you investigate and solve or explain something complicated or puzzling. The condition of America is puzzling. The world is looking at a country going to hell. —the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan
Less than 30 days from the Nov. 3 presidential election, tumult and upheaval continues in the United States. Approximately 48 hours after a combative and chaotic debate between Republican incumbent President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger and former vice-president Joe Biden, news broke that the commander-in-chief and his wife Melania Trump both tested positive for Covid-19.
The news disrupted global financial markets and is the latest “giant disruption” in a country reeling from a global pandemic which has shut down its economy. The U.S. is also simultaneously battling massive forest fires and other weather-related disasters, dealing with police violence igniting nationwide protests, and ongoing racial division under the watch of an unpredictable and polarizing president.
The president’s Covid-19 diagnosis came in the aftermath of the country spiraling from a contentious debate between he and Mr. Biden. “Dumpster fire,” “embarrassing,” “frightening,” “offensive” and “crazy” were just a few of the descriptions the combative 90-minute showdown held Sept. 29 in Cleveland, Ohio, invoked.
“What we saw last night was a horror show, the most disgusting underbelly of U.S. politics,” Rina Sha, political commentator and founder of Republican Women for Biden, stated during her post-debate analysis on CTV. While most of the backlash was hurled at Mr. Trump for constantly interrupting moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News and hurling personal insults at Mr. Biden and his family, the former vice-president was often on the defensive and did not emerge with a clear decisive victory either. According to an Ipsos post-debate poll, “Biden may have gained a little support, but many still think Trump has a good chance of winning.” Over 73 million people watched the debate but the real losers afterward, argued many analysts, were the American people.