What It Means To Be A “Lame Duck” – How To Avoid It

(ReliableNews.org) – The presidential election is finally over. Suddenly, the news media is filled with articles about a “lame duck” presidency. But what does it mean, and how can President Donald Trump avoid the usual trappings associated with it if the election results don’t go his way?

“Lame duck” typically refers to the period between the election and the replacement of an outgoing president by his successor. Frequently, there is an expectation that an outgoing president will prove unable to pursue substantial agenda items.

However, that’s not always the case. For instance, Yale Law School professors Ian Ayers and John Witt consider the last couple of years of George W. Bush’s presidency his best. Other presidents successfully leveraged their authority and concluded their time in office on high notes. There is every expectation President Donald Trump can avoid entering a “lame duck” period if he ends up losing the election.

He continues pushing an aggressive foreign policy agenda. Domestically, the administration continues its efforts to turn the economy around. Additionally, the administration expects to begin distributing a vaccine for the coronavirus before the end of the year. With all this happening, there’s little reason to think of the Trump presidency as ever entering a “lame duck” period.

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