US presidential election: America careening towards a fork in the road

It faces a test of its democratic traditions and institutions, and of American exceptionalism itself

WASHINGTON • When it comes to America's presidential elections, the saying goes: An October surprise is never a good surprise.

And came it did, and with a rush at the start of the month, with President Donald Trump getting Covid-19 and being helicoptered out of the White House to Walter Reed hospital late on Friday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 04, 2020, with the headline 'America careening towards a fork in the road'. Print Edition | Subscribe