World

A to Z of the US presidential race

A

America First.

A Trump mantra that he coined in the 2016 campaign and is still using.

B

Black Lives Matter.

As the police killing of George Floyd sparked mass protests, Mr Trump expressed no sympathy.

C

Coronavirus.

Mr Trump's Achilles heel. For months, he promised it would just go away. Then he caught it.

D

Delaware.

A small US state you never hear about except to say it is where Mr Biden made his home.

E

Electoral College.

The 538-member body that decides who becomes president, no matter who wins the popular vote.

F

Fauci, Anthony.

The scrappy infectious disease expert from Brooklyn who became a hero for his no-nonsense talk about the pandemic.

G

Gaffes.

Mr Biden is painfully prone to them, like saying he is running for the Senate.

H

Hunter.

Mr Biden's son, whose business dealings in Ukraine are a lightning rod for Trump accusations that the family is corrupt.

I

Intubation.

The act of putting a seriously ill Covid patient on a respirator.

J

Joe, as in Sleepy.

Mr Trump's way of dismissing Mr Biden, 77, as not mentally alert. Mr Trump is 74.

K

Kamala, as in Harris.

She has made history as the first woman of colour on a major US presidential ticket.

L

"Lock him up".

Trump likes to get crowds at rallies chanting this about Mr Biden.

M

Masks.

Mr Trump often mocks people who wear them to fight Covid-19.

N

Nomination.

Of Justice Amy Coney Barrett as Supreme Court judge, boosting the conservative majority on the bench.

O

(Barack) Obama.

Former president now campaigning for his former vice-president.

P

Pandemic.

Q

QAnon.

A bizarre right-wing conspiracy theory that Mr Trump avoids disavowing.

R

Russia.

It is meddling to hurt Mr Trump's election rival, US intelligence agencies say.

S

"(Will you) shut up, man."

The zinger that Mr Biden hurled at Mr Trump in the first debate.

T

Tell all.

As in insider memoirs about Mr Trump, including one by an estranged niece.

U

Ukraine.

The former Soviet republic that Mr Trump tried to persuade to dig up dirt on Mr Biden.

V

Vaccine.

For Covid-19.

W

Walter Reed.

The military hospital where Mr Trump was treated for Covid-19.

X

(E)xperts.

Mr Trump says he has no need for them.

Y

Yuge.

Mr Trump's way of pronouncing the word huge.

Z

Zoom.

The way many politicians – but not Mr Trump – talk to people these days, just like the rest of us.

- AFP

WORLD