#WHO2020: Voters Are Still Unsure Which Man Is Right For The Job.
America has been through a series of unfortunate events. And now, we have to elect a new president. When will the madness end.
WASHINGTON D.C. — There are less than two months until Election Day — and millions of Americans are awaiting the first presidential debate on September 29th. Most Americans can agree on two things: how important this election is and how divided we’ve become. And between the division, there are still individuals undecided with who they want as president. But, according to Newsweek, “in 2016, an estimated 20 percent of voters were undecided, compared to 10 percent now,” — showcasing most have picked their side, and perhaps it’s because, with no exaggeration, 2020 has been a sh*t show.
Due to this year’s alarming and unfortunate events — like COVID-19 killing over 200,000 Americans, and protests which ensued after George Floyd’s murder; and most recently, the passing of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginseng — has brought additional divides and urgency toward this election. It seems as though every month brings another blow to America like plagues, causing us to make our pick for the election sure, understanding our livelihoods ride on the leadership of the next elected president.
And speaking of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, besides the endless Twitter wars, disparaging presidential ads, and ad-hominem attacks — the recent town-halls was our first-peak into their potential to lead us utilizing their attendees as sample sizes of America.
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump was hosted by A.B.C., where “20/20’s” news anchor George Stephanopoulos moderated the town-hall, and undecided voters asked Trump questions about his economic plans to issues involving COVID-19. One woman asked president Trump, “Why did you withhold information about the virus?” Which was infamously exposed by journalist Bob Woodard via recording. Trump said, “I didn’t want to alarm the American people with fear.” An explanation which hasn’t been widely accepted since he hosted various events, rallies, and supported gatherings — like large church services — before these secret tapes were released.
To contrast, on Thursday, Joe Biden walked on stage with CNN’s Anderson Cooper in Spokane, Washington, masked with a social-distanced audience assembled via tail-gate. Biden periodically used his black mask as a prop to hone the importance of the pandemic. Then an audience member, who also serves as a social studies teacher in Spokane, asked Biden about the coronavirus, “How will you get the proper messaging out [for Americans] to properly protect themselves?” Additionally, Anderson Cooper followed up, “Would you have downplayed the virus not to cause a panic?” Biden expressed, “Absolutely not,” stating Trump could have saved 37,000 more lives if “He took the virus seriously,” calling his in-actions “close to criminal.” This was one of Biden’s shining moments, self-proclaiming he’s the candidate for every American.
But, Trump’s candidness on the country’s other pandemic, involving race and the police, benefited him with various voters. Back in Philadelphia, Trump was questioned about police reform and #BlackLivesMatter from a Dallas bank teller. Trump vaguely mentioned supporting Republican senator Tim Scott’s “bill” to increase police transparency while incentivizing departments to use body cameras and ban chokeholds. Though, Trump was very clear about being the “Law & Order President,” in order to keep more cities from “burning down.” Overall, championing the police and showing condolences for the two officers gunned in Los Angeles, “We need to give police back their dignity — in Democrat-run cities, the police are not respected.” According to NPR.com, this is where Trump “wins” American votes — when he “honors” the lives in blue & the U.S. military.
On the flip-side, Biden’s bilateral support for Black Lives Matter and the police have pinned him between the justice movement and law enforcement supporters. Even though he’s publicly denounced the looting and riots, and recently backed the blue expressing, “I don’t want to defund the police — I want to get police more money in order to deal with the things they badly need.” Supporting “both sides” has seemingly backfired on him. Additionally, Biden’s pick for Vice President, Senator Kamala Harris, initially raised eyebrows. During the D.N.C. debates, Harris was one of Biden’s primary opponents — where she accused him of being a “segregationist” as a senator in 1973. After Harris accepted Biden’s offer as his running-mate, she “softened” her statements at the D.N.C, “We were in a debate,” she expressed to journalists. Though, as the Vice President nominee, Harris has polled well with Democrats, especially since she’s a woman of color.
Similarly, the sitting Vice President, Mike Pence, was not always in Trump’s corner. In an Atlantic piece, “God’s Plan For Mike Pence,” various members of the Republican Party “allegedly arranged” 800 million dollars for Trump to drop out of the 2016 race. This effort was for Pence to take Trump’s place, an offer the Vice President was willing to do— according to the Republican National Committee. Additionally, his wife, Karen Pence, was quoted calling Trump, “totally vile” and “reprehensible” after the footage of the infamous Access Hollywood tapes surfaced.
Overall, the polls between the two presidential hopefuls are still close.
According to NPR.com, Biden is ahead by 9 points, standing on 52%, and Trump at 43%. OnRealClearPolitics.com, Biden is polling at 49.3% against Trump’s 43.1%. And out of curiosity, I made a Twitter poll asking, “Based solely on the town-halls, who has your vote?” And 53.8% of people said Biden, while 46.2% said Trump.
Similarly, I went to Fox and CNN to see their stats. Fox News Poll has Trump/Pence at 46 compared to Biden/Harris at 51. Then on CNN’s website, the former V.P. is at 51, and the current president is 7 points away at 44. The stats seem pretty consistent across the board — and perhaps the slim margins on both sides what Americans are most afraid of. This election is one of the most important in history. And even if you’re unsure which man is your president, you get to have your say.
If there’s one thing 2020 has revealed to us — we’re not just trivial dots on the U.S. map — we all matter.