‘Delicious cake’ and free Teslas: this week on the US campaign trail

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The announcement that United States (US) President Donald Trump has coronavirus shook the run up to US elections on November 3.

While the future of Trump’s campaigning efforts remains up in the air, the past week, which included one of the most chaotic presidential debates in US memory, provided a potpourri of odd and wacky moments.

TESLA GIVEAWAY

One man, 100,000 new voters.

Just weeks ahead of the election, influencer David Dobrik invited his 14.3 million Instagram followers to participate in a Tesla giveaway, in partnership with voting and democracy non-profit HeadCount.

To enter a chance to win one of five Tesla vehicles, participants had to check if they were registered to vote.

Dobrik, who also has 23 million TikTok followers, 18.4 million YouTube followers and 5.5 million Twitter followers, was able to wrangle up not just a few voters.

The result: “In barely 24 hours, over 100,000 Americans registered to vote,” HeadCount said.

‘BEAUTIFUL, DELICIOUS CAKE’

On Thursday, still smarting from the nationally televised debacle of a debate, moderator Chris Wallace, a widely experienced journalist, told Fox News Trump ruined what should have been the equivalent of a “beautiful, delicious cake”.

“I felt like I had gotten together all of the ingredients,” Wallace said. “Then, frankly, the president put his foot in it. And that was frustrating.”

Following the debate Trump claimed Wallace had joined forces with Biden and ganged up on him. Biden responded with a tweet depicting Trump as a crying baby.

US President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden exchange points during a presidential debate. PHOTO: AP