The 2020 Presidential Election


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President elect, Joe Biden speaking at The Queen Theater on November 10, 2020

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In 2016, Donald Trump won the presidential election against then candidate, Hilary Clinton. While Clinton received 2.87 million more votes than Trump, he received the majority in the Electoral College and took Obama’s place in office as president. After four years in office, it is now another election year.

On Tuesday, September 29 of this year, Joe Biden and President Donald Trump held a debate that included their political opinions and public policy proposals. In the final segment of this debate, President Trump expressed his ideas against mail-in voting. He even filed lawsuits in an attempt to stop Philadelphia and Montgomery County Board of Elections from counting mail-in-ballots, compel state election officials to allow Trump campaign officials closer observation of the counting process, compel Pennsylvania Secretary of State and all 67 of its counties to impose an earlier deadline for voters’ proof of identification( if it was not on their initial ballots),  and to intervene in an already existing dispute before the U.S. Supreme Court about whether ballots the state received after 8 p.m. on election day should count.

“This is going to be fraud like you’ve never seen,” President Trump said, persuading voters to go out and vote in person. “The ballots are out of control. You know it, and you know who knows it better than anybody else? The Democrats know it better than anybody else.” 

Despite his speech -which has been fact-checked numerous times- on November 3, 2020, registered voters across the country mailed their votes and went to their local polling stations. After five days passed with no clear winner, Joe Biden won the election with 290 electoral votes and a vote count of 75,627,694. 

On social media, the current President and his supporters have claimed that the election was rigged and Trump is the true winner. A series of tweets made by Donald Trump on the matter have been disputed by the social media platform itself.  

 “The observers were not allowed into the counting rooms. I won the election, got 71,ooo,ooo legal votes. Bad things happened which our observers were not allowed to see. Never happened before. Millions of mail-in ballots were sent to people who never asked for them! I won this election by a lot!” The president posted on the social media platform Twitter, in all caps on November 8, 2020. “Since when does the LameStream Media call who our next president will be? We have all learned a lot in the last two weeks!” 

Kamala Harris and Joe Biden tweeted their thanks and proposals to the people of America.

“While I may be the first, I won’t be the last,” Kamala tweeted on November 9, 2020, referring to the fact that she is the United State’s first South Asian, Black, and woman vice president.

“America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country. The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans– whether you voted for me or not. I will keep the faith you have placed in me,” president-elect Joe Biden tweeted on November 8, 2020.

Though it seems Trump refuses to concede and leave office peacefully, Joe Biden is to be sworn into office on January 20, 2021. Biden’s plans once he becomes president include combatting coronavirus, expanding the Affordable Healthcare Act, and putting his sweeping economic plan into action.