America Braces For Impact As Election Day Approaches This Week

The US is enduring a slew of political, social, and economic tensions in the midst of a global health crisis and one of the most important elections in history.

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An extremely divided nation will be voting for their next president this week as both candidates continue last stitch efforts to gain crucial votes while also dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic that has now killed more than 220,000 Americans and infected more than 8 million. If Donald Trump is voted for a second term the most immediate reaction will likely be in regards to managing the Covid-19 crisis that has now taken over the White House as well. The President’s ongoing strained relationship with top infectious disease specialist Dr. Anthony Fauci will likely worsen. In fact the president recently told a crowd of his supporters at a rally that he would fire Fauci after the election if reelected. 

Experts immediately responded to this claim, stating that the president is putting hundreds of thousands of lives on the line with his threats. Even if Trump loses, he’s still the Commander In Chief until Inauguration Day in January, and it’s unlikely he will adopt any further health and safety procedures during that time. 

Trump has run his campaign on the guarantee that he would prioritize a swift economic recovery over everything else. This likely means his administration will continue to reopen certain businesses and establishments, which as we’ve seen within the past few months has only led to an even larger increase in cases. When it comes to policies like healthcare and immigration reform, Trump has come up empty in terms of concrete step-by-step plans. This has been Biden’s biggest advantage, as his decades of experience working in American politics – not to mention the fact that he was the vice president when Obamacare was created – show citizens that he actually cares about these issues and has a plan to combat them.

“Biden has bet his candidacy on the idea that Trump’s tumultuous term is indeed a deviation from the democratic and philosophical impulses that have underpinned nearly 250 years of American democracy.”

Biden, however, also needs to prepare for the backlash that he will receive if elected the next President of the United States. America got a glimpse of this backlash back in 2018 when Democrats won back control of the House of Representatives during the midterm elections. 

“We can choose the path of becoming angrier, less hopeful, and more divided, a path of shadow and suspicion. Or we can choose a different path, and together, take this chance to heal, to be reborn, to unite. A path of hope and light,” Biden said at the Democratic National Convention. Biden has emphasized on his campaign just how crucial and historic this election really is, claiming that “this is a life-changing election that will determine America’s future for a very long time.” 

On his campaign trail, Biden has claimed that he wants to restore the true role of government when it comes to advancing healthcare and economic welfare for the American people. His running mate, California Senator Kamala Harris, would also be making history as the first woman and the first person of color to serve as the Vice President of the United States. Experts claim that the fact that Biden and Harris are running their campaign on compassion is already working tremendously in their favor in terms of the polls. 

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“If Biden wins, it will mean America turned to a man whose reputation for integrity and compassion was forged in a lifetime of tragedy at a moment when more than a 250,000 citizens are likely to have died from the virus by the time of his inauguration.”

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A Biden win, however, will not reverse the divide that has been created within the past four years in America. Political differences no longer mean you and your friend like different candidates based on their tax plans, but instead has turned into an issue of human rights,  racism, and overall power divides that keep the lower class poor and the higher class rich. 

If Biden wins, Trump’s supporters will likely be adamant that the election was rigged and the results were fraudulent, as that’s exactly what the president has been saying on his campaign should he lose the election. The uncertainty over which party will have control over the Senate has also been a point of contention. If Democrats do win back the chamber their majority won’t be as vast as it is in the House, meaning the country will have a Senate filled with divided ideas. 

The first year of a Biden presidency will likely be hyper-focused on controlling the coronavirus pandemic and minimizing the damage as much as possible at this point. Biden’s age has also become an issue for some voters, as well as Trump’s as they are both the two oldest presidential candidates to be running in an election. However, after Trump contracted Covid-19, issues over the president’s health have become more of a day-to-day issue. 

Regardless of the results, it’s safe to say this is one of the most highly anticipated elections within the past few decades, so if you still haven’t, make sure you’re registered to vote and able to get to your closest location tomorrow.