The countdown to the election of our lifetime has begun
A highly divisive campaign in the US presages a polling exercise that could haunt us for decades to come
Many of us had not heard of Kenosha, Wisconsin, until a fortnight ago, but historians may come to regard the police shooting of an African-American there in August and all that followed as a pivotal moment for democracy. The protests and riots provoked by the injustice suffered by Jacob Blake, who is paralysed as a result, and the subsequent shooting of protesters by a 17-year-old, a member of a Caucasian armed militia group that resulted in two deaths, will be a recurrent playback to this election. On 1 September, US President Donald Trump visited the town of 100,000, despite the mayor and the governor’s requests not to, and chose not to meet the Blake family. He has argued the 17-year-old, Kyle Rittenhouse, had acted in self-defence. Just hours earlier, Trump likened police involved in shootings to golfers “choking" on a putt.