POLITICS

The 2024 Trump Referendum

Biden’s age and political failures have turned 2024 into yet another referendum on Donald Trump. This time, however, it’s touch-and-go

Sikander Hayat Khan
Rome Magazine
Published in
10 min readDec 9, 2023

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Maybe Democrat voters were right to sound the alarm. To say Biden had to go. As things stand, the Democrats are marching forward without a plan B, hoping the already-failing plan A doesn’t completely fall by the wayside before November. It’s a party that’s clutching at straws, hoping that its own inadequacies are inadequate enough to turn this election into a Donald Trump popularity contest.

Theoretically, that’s where they’re safest — theoretically. Trump hasn’t gained any ground but the Blues have certainly lost some, turning what would’ve been a one-sided contest into a real nail-biter (you will be biting your nails).

You don’t need to trace it much further back than the start of the summer. Biden was served with the most apocalyptic approval rating imaginable, while Trump was gaining steam in the Republican primary with every lawsuit he faced. Since then, the polls have told an alarming story: 2024 is markedly different from 2020.

In the run-up to the last election, Biden led Trump all the way to the finish line; the (then) incumbent couldn’t even get within

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Sikander Hayat Khan
Rome Magazine

Essays on U.S. politics and the Middle East. Law and politics grad. Masters in Law. Published in The Friday Times.