Amidst the chaos of 2020, America faced an election amid a pandemic. Donald John Trump was fighting for a second term and Joe Biden competing to be President for the second time in his political career. Both Trump and Biden were familiar faces, Biden had served as vice president under Barack Obama’s two terms as President. The fight for the title was and still is a contentious issue in America.
campaigning methods limited because of COVID-19, Biden’s administration took to
social media, forming a cult of personality around his fight for President’s
position. Many well-known celebrities such as Cardi B hosted Instagram lives
discussing Biden’s promise for change. The Democrats were engaging with a
millennial demographic, Biden announced that his running mate would be Kamala
Harris the first female, African American and Asian vice-president. Biden made
the right steps to appeal to those who wanted to see diversity a new leaf for
American politics. In the background of Joe Biden’s victory was Senator Stacey
Adams, who turned Georgia blue in the 2020 election.
Donald Trump clung to
the traditional forms of campaigning and held rallies as COVID cases escalated.
As the votes were counted and Joe Biden was announced as the predicted winner
ahead of the electoral vote, Trump began his crusade of declaring the election
a fraud election. His legal team fighting tooth and nail to get key states
votes recounted and desperately seeking to expose voter fraud. Trump supporters
rallied around him, declaring the election a fraud; however, after multiple
recounts in crucial states such as Georgia and exhausting all legal avenues,
Trump has now accepted defeat.
His acceptance of
defeat comes after the Capitol’s siege, resulting in the death of five people.
After 6th January 2021, Trump’s administration issued announcements declaring
their intention to transition power to Joe Biden. After, declaring that he
would be absent from the inauguration, many social media apps permanently
banned Donald Trump’s account. In an act that many celebrate, one does wonder
whether it was a little too late. With little less than a week to go in his
presidency, Trump will become the first president to be impeached as a
consequence of inciting terror on the 6th January. As the inauguration draws close many short-term renting
platforms like Airbnb have blocked booing options in Washington DC, in the lead
up to the 20th. The inauguration
will host a few crowds, and heightened security will be of utmost importance
throughout the day.
As America and the
whole world looks to 20th January and ponders on Joe Biden’s next four years as
President, what is it that we can expect? Joe Biden has it in for a long and
challenging four years ahead, with his plans to tackle the pandemic and reduce
the number of people contracting the virus and dying. He also has the challenge
of rolling out a vaccine for the entirety of the population. As President,
Biden’s term might not be as glamourous as the years he spent as vice president
with Barack Obama.
I think it would be
unreasonable to expect the world from Biden’s administration, after all putting
too much faith in politicians is never wise. Joe Biden is not America’s saving
grace; he is the mirage of an oasis in the desert.