Trump wants to convince Americans they are safer under him. They aren’t | Moustafa Bayoumi

Our physical safety is threatened. Our individual and public health is in jeopardy. Our employment prospects have substantially diminished.

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As a nation and as individuals, we are at considerably more risk than we were in 2016

Forty years ago, during the only presidential debate of 1980, Republican candidate Ronald Reagan asked the American people what became perhaps the defining question of that election: are you better off than you were four years ago?” Simple and straightforward, the question seemed to move beyond the drama of politics and to resonate with the electorate on an immediate and personal level. Now, as we head into the final stretch of the 2020 election, it’s time to pose to the American people another question that ought to be equally as consequential: Are you safer today than you were four years ago?

The honest answer, for just about everyone in this country, must certainly be no. As a nation and as individuals, we are at considerably more risk than we were in 2016. Our physical safety is threatened. Our individual and public health is in jeopardy. Our employment prospects have substantially diminished.

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