Student Opinion: Trump and Biden Race to the Finish Line

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By Michelle Moreno Lira

Voting this year seems to be more important than the past presidential elections due to what’s at stake; President Donald Trump attacked different minority groups during his four years in office and many Americans don’t want to see the repercussions of those effects carried out for four more years. With the race between Democratic nominee Joe Biden and President Trump, voters are encouraging people to go out and vote to assure a better future for America. 

States such as Texas and Florida are seeing a split between votes. For several years, both states have remained Republican for the most part but now a surge in votes is swinging these states to the middle. 

These two states are especially important for Joe Biden to take. With Texas and Florida secured, he has a better chance of becoming president and making positive changes for America. 

During the 2016 presidential elections, many voters believed their vote wouldn’t make a significant difference, which prevented them from going out to vote overall. In an article by The Washington Post, during the 2016 presidential elections, “roughly 43 percent of eligible voters didn’t bother filling out a ballot this year,” –––about 100 million people who had the privilege to vote didn’t choose to participate.

This year, the results are different. Young voters have decided to make their presence known and are ensuring their votes count for this election. 

Magazines, such as TeenVogue, are encouraging their younger audiences to educate themselves about each candidate to ensure their votes are going towards a better tomorrow. Their article encourages young voters to research which candidate represents their personal beliefs in order to understand where their vote should go. In order to not sound biased, TeenVogue is promoting voters to “acknowledge the flaws in a two-party system and the scourge of voter suppression, and cast a ballot anyway.”

It’s important to recognize that both candidates have made significant mistakes in the past, but now it’s a matter of who’s willing to take a stand against systemic racism and injustices against certain groups. 

The pandemic allowed many voters to realize who they wanted to win the election. President Trump sent out one stimulus check for citizens that didn’t last very long, given we’ve been dealing with the pandemic’s negative effect since late March. For many voters, his lack of attention and action against the pandemic has warranted a push towards a vote for Biden. 

Just this month, the public learned that many minors remained separated from their parents as a result of Trump’s stand against immigrants and their families. According to The Washington Post, “Biden announced that he would sign an executive order establishing a task force to find the parents of what advocates say are 545 minors who are still separated from their families as a result of Trump’s immigration crackdown.” 

Trump has remained silent regarding the hundreds of families that remain separated from their loved ones; this election is extremely important because we need a president who respects the basic human rights of people regardless of their immigration or citizenship status. 

As voting comes to an end, Trump has spent his time accusing Democrats and Joe Biden of trying to steal the election, despite not having any evidence. An article in The New York Times details the effects of Trump’s faulty presidency during these four years, “over 225,00 Americans have lost their lives to COVID-19… more people have lost their jobs under Trump than under any president since at least World War II.”

Although Trump promised almost four years ago that he’d “Make America Great Again,” it’s obvious that he has only worsened the conditions Americans live in and has awakened deep-rooted racism within America. 

During Trump’s presidency, he has made it clear where he stands regarding the murders of Black people in the hands of certain police. Among other things, he has also criminalized and caged hundreds of immigrants and their families in detention centers. Trump allowed certain people to believe their white supremacy and racism was accepted in America; he encouraged and inflicted much more fear upon certain groups with the nomination and swearing of Amy Coney Barrett into the Supreme Court. 

If people want to see a positive change in America and have their voices heard, I encourage them to vote and educate themselves about which candidate is willing to stand up for the people. 

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  1. Keith Olsen

    It appears that Biden and his family might be severely compromised by the recent revelations brought about by the information left on Hunter Biden’s laptop which is currently under FBI investigation.  Hunter Biden’s former business partner Tony Bobulinski has corroborated a lot of the information on the laptop and through texts between them.   This story is being suppressed by mainstream media because the election is so close and the media is covering for Biden.

    Hunter Biden’s former business partner is releasing a trove of text messages that show that former Vice President Joseph R. Biden was brought into discussions on his son’s business ventures.The texts from whistleblower Tony Bobulinski show Hunter Biden talked of the “family brand” when discussing investments. Another partner warned Mr. Bobulinski, “don’t mention Joe being involved. It’s only when u are face to face.”Mr.Bobulinskisuddenly emerged in the HunterBidenfinancial scandal last week when he issued a statement saying he met with the elder Mr.Biden, now the Democratic presidential nominee, to discuss his son’s business ventures.

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/oct/24/bobulinski-texts-joe-biden-involved-son-business-/

  2. Keith Olsen

    President Trump sent out one stimulus check for citizens that didn’t last very long, given we’ve been dealing with the pandemic’s negative effect since late March.

    Trump wanted a second stimulus but Pelosi made sure that didn’t happen with her ridiculous additions to the bill.  There was no way she was going to let give Trump enact a stimulus so close to the election.

    more people have lost their jobs under Trump than under any president since at least World War II.

    Hello, there was a thing called COVID which created havoc to the economy.  Before that Trump had the highest number of people ever working the the U.S.  Latino and black employment were at all time highs.  Once there is hopefully a vaccine those jobs will all come back.

    Although Trump promised almost four years ago that he’d “Make America Great Again,” it’s obvious that he has only worsened the conditions Americans live in and has awakened deep-rooted racism within America.

    This is not true.  A recent Gallup poll shows:

    The majority of Americans say they are better off now than they were in 2016 when Barack Obama was in office.
    The new Gallup poll found 56 per cent of registered voters believe they are better off now, the highest figures on record.
     

     

     

    1. Eric Gelber

      The majority of Americans say they are better off now …

      And yet Trump’s approval ratings are in the low 40s and he trails in virtually every voter poll.  Apparently, voters do not ascribe their feelings of being better off to Trump. Perhaps it’s because he and his campaign squandered so much time on personal attacks on Biden and his son instead of on his record as president, such as it is. That’s a losing strategy for any incumbent.

      1. Keith Olsen

        Here you go Eric, digest this:

        The new Gallup poll found 56 per cent of registered voters believe they are better off now, the highest figures on record.

    2. Tia Will

      “Hello, there was a thing called COVID which created havoc to the economy.”

      Hello. The primary job of the American president is to protect Americans from enemies external and internal. While it is true this enemy is invisible to us, it is nonetheless deadly. It was Trump’s job to protect against it, as he once said while criticizing Obama. Trump not only failed to manage the crisis, he failed by lying to the American people about its nature and potential seriousness long after he knew. The results of the pandemic, both in terms of lives lost and economy destroyed rest firmly on Trump, in the same way he criticized ( rightly in my opinion, Obama for the slow H1N1 response). I say we change to a more competent and caring president. I have voted for Biden.

      1. Keith Olsen

         I say we change to a more competent and caring president.

        Competent like this?

        Mr. Bobulinski said the Senate report opened his eyes to the fact Hunter Biden was secretly withdrawing huge sums of money from the partnership.
        “I just saw behind the Biden curtain and I grew concerned with what I saw,” he said. “The Biden family aggressively leveraged the Biden family name to make millions of dollars from foreign entities even though some were from communist-controlled China.”
        One email showed Hunter Biden demanding $10 million annually from Mr. Ye for “introductions alone.”
        Another was a May 2017 email from Mr. Gilliar to Hunter Biden and Mr. Bobulinski on a new venture with Mr. Ye in which a 10% stake would be “held by H for the big guy?”
        Mr. Bobulinski says the “big guy” is the former vice president.

        https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/oct/24/bobulinski-texts-joe-biden-involved-son-business-/

         

        1. Eric Gelber

          If Trump believes this unverified smear campaign against Biden’s family is the path to victory, I say go for it. Meanwhile Biden continues to focus on issues voters (except for Trump’s base) care about, like Trump’s continued botched handling of the pandemic.

    1. Alan Miller

      Drain the swamp completely, vote out both major parties.

      Choice voting is where it’s at — until we wake up to that reality, we will all suffer in héll.

  3. Tia Will

    On a different note, I am delighted to see continued engagement by Teen Vogue in issues of consequence to the country. Kudos in presenting some serious journalism in addition to teen girl stereotypical topics.

  4. Alan Miller

    I hope but do not believe Trump will voluntarily leave the White House.

    Wanna wager a crisp Ulysses S. Grant on that?  That’s a real offer – Trump loses and doesn’t leave voluntarily, I give you a USG, Trump loses and leaves voluntarily, I get the USG.  Trump wins, no exchange.

    To be clear: challenging the election in some way is not refusing to leave voluntarily. I mean like come January, he doesn’t move out of the White House.

    1. Keith Olsen

      Alan, all this Trump not accepting defeat and refusing to leave the White House is all BS.  None of the people saying this will take you up on your offer because they know it’s not going to happen.  They’re just using it for political theater, just like Hillary did in 2016.

  5. Tia Will

    all this Trump not accepting defeat and refusing to leave the White House is all BS”

    If all of this is BS, perhaps it would have been better if Trump had not answered the question of whether he would accept the outcome of a Biden win with “We will have to wait and see what happens.”

    1. Keith Olsen

      Then take Alan up on his bet.

      I think what Trump was referring to is there might be valid challenges from Biden or Trump if it looks like there were some election abuses.  (For ex.)  I remember years ago a precinct showing more votes cast than there was actual voters, which by the way were all cast for the dem candidate.

    2. John Hobbs

      We all know that there is no depth to which Trump and his thugs will not stoop. Between the dithering white supremacists and the vacillating “choice voters” (Voting for Kanye makes as much sense) the [president] hopes to create enough division to challenge the legitimate results. We must not allow this assault on liberty to go unanswered.

  6. Alan Miller

    Trump says stuff.  He often openly says he’s baiting the media to freak out anti-Trump people, and CNN runs with it as if he’s serious, to get eyes and clicks.  It’s like a symbiotic freak show.

    I’ll quintuple my bet – I’ll bet five of you.  That is, Trump leaves office on the scheduled day in January if he loses.  Not that he challenges the election – but the statement was he wouldn’t leave office, and that’s hogwash.  So step up with $50 if you really believe it, I’m good on my word and on my wagers.

    1. Ron Oertel

      You would almost certainly win that bet, which is the reason you have “no takers”.

      People just like to talk smack about Trump – that’s all. And you’re right – he encourages it, and the media gladly “reports” it.

      I doubt that he cares that much about the presidency, e.g., to the point of an attempted “coup”.

      Now, if you framed that bet regarding leaving the office without claiming “voter fraud” (e.g., as any other president would do), you’d probably lose. 😉

      1. John Hobbs

        “I doubt that he cares that much about the presidency, e.g., to the point of an attempted “coup”.”

        Unless he owes perhaps a billion bucks to foreign banks and Putin’s the guy who approves the loans. If he loses, he’s got no value to his Russian and Chinese partners and they are ugly when it comes time to collect.

    2. Eric Gelber

      The President of the U.S. says the only way he can lose the election is if it’s rigged, refuses to commit to a peaceful transition, and tells white nationalist militias to stand back and stand by, and you suggest the media shouldn’t pay attention? He’s not simply baiting the media; he’s threatening to undermine the fundamentals of our democracy. And, believe me, his base takes him seriously.

        1. Ron Oertel

          His “militant base” is not powerful enough to take over this country.

          Someone like Keith is not part of his “militant base”, in my opinion.

          There are (believe-it-or-not) “normal” people who support Trump, for various reasons.  They are not all lunatics. (I’m not one of them – a supporter, or a “lunatic” – I hope. Something about the “eye of the beholder” regarding the latter, I guess.) 😉

          Actually, some of his “militant base” might qualify as normal people, as well. Just different (from me, at least).

        2. Eric Gelber

          I never said his militant base could take over the country. But they pose a significant danger and a potential threat to lives if egged on by a would-be despot.

        3. Keith Olsen

          I don’t think it’s Trump supporters that the nation needs to worry about.  Just as we’ve experienced the last several months it’s been the leftists who are rioting, looting and pillaging our cities.  If Trump loses I don’t see much happening, but if Trump wins all Hell is going to break loose and it will be coming from Biden voters.

        4. Ron Oertel

          but if Trump wins all Hell is going to break loose and it will be coming from Biden voters.

          I’m not sure that some of the folks you’re referring to are Biden supporters, either.

          But any mass-scale “disruption” is likely to continue to come from what we label as the “left”.

          I don’t believe there are as many on the “right”.

          I kind of doubt that much will come to pass either way, in the end (e.g., compared to the way that this is being “built up” in the media and on blogs).

          But if it does, the “winner” is the media, itself.

        5. Keith Olsen

          I’m not sure that some of the folks you’re referring to are Biden supporters, either.

          I can agree with that.  I’ll bet they voted for Biden though because of their hate and TDS towards Trump.  I really don’t think it comes down to voters really liking Biden as a candidate, more about their hate for Trump.

        6. Eric Gelber

          Keith – You apparently disagree with the Department of Homeland Security and the Tump-appointed FBI director that white supremacists pose the greatest domestic terrorist threat.

          I believe there will be a relatively peaceful transition of power despite Trump’s asinine statements undermining democratic norms.

      1. Alan Miller

        And, believe me, his base takes him seriously.

        Actually, they don’t.  Have you ever watched a Trump rally?  It’s like a stand-up act.  His supporters are all in on the joke – and the joke is that progressives take what he says seriously.  The only thing to me that isn’t funny is that many of those with TDS are actually having medical symptoms from the stress.

    3. Keith Olsen

      Alan, guaranteed that none of these people crying about Trump not leaving office if he loses are going to take you up on your bet.  Their silence is deafening.

      Another safe bet would be that if Trump were to win there’s going to be rioting all over the nation by the leftist factions.  That would be easy money.

      1. Alan Miller

        “rioting all over the nation by the leftist factions” . . . . . That would be easy money.

        Not that easy . . . I’d be getting into sniggling over the meaning of “rioting”, “all over the nation”, “leftist” and “factions”.  Tell me I’m wrong.

        1. Ron Oertel

          First, we have to define what a “protest” consists of, as well as what a “protester” is (or does).  😉

          After that, we can define “militant Trump supporter”. (I think that Hillary Clinton once attempted to do so.)

        2. Keith Olsen

          Good points Alan and Ron,

          one thing we know for sure is there will be no COVID spread by any of the leftist riots, oops sorry, I mean peaceful protests.

  7. Keith Olsen

    A few weeks ago I would’ve bet that Trump was probably losing the election.

    But what I’ve seen the last two weeks with the huge rallies and car caravans all over the country I see hope (where others see despair).  Trump has a good chance to pull it out again.

    1. David Greenwald

      Having read stuff on social media all day, I would say the left is fully prepared to get kicked in the Johnson again. Reminds me of my friend the sports writer once remarked to me that I think half the population wakes up in the morning in full anticipation of getting kicked in the Johnson at any moment.

      1. Alan Miller

        I think half the population wakes up in the morning in full anticipation of getting kicked in the Johnson at any moment.

        Would that be the half of the population that has a Johnson?

      2. Keith Olsen

        I watched a recent interview with pollster Rasmussen and he was asked point blank who he thought was going to win the election.  David, as you know Rasmussen polls tend to lean right. He said Biden will win but added a caveat that Trump has the ability to pull it out at the last minute.

        BTW, only a quarter of the country is going to get kicked in the Johnson.

        1. Alan Miller

          Trump has the ability to pull it out at the last minute.

          Since we are talking about Johnsons here, to further the metaphor using the above line  . . . . . . . . . oh, forget it . . .  it would never pass the censors.

  8. John Hobbs

    “But what I’ve seen the last two weeks with the huge rallies and car caravans all over the country I see hope (where others see despair).”

    Like the caravan of Trumpkin thugs that surrounded the campaign bus in Texas?

     

    1. Bill Marshall

      John… disappointed in you… you forgot to mention “side-swiped”… (but the truth will out…)

      (All) I intend to submit an article, after election (and ‘decompression’) as to how voters have confronted election workers (polling place (VAC) in Yolo County)… pretty much to “fake news” by an adminstration who dismisses fake news… two-edged sword… there are so many instances of erroneous info…

      Of course, some will accuse me of  ‘fake info’ if results do’t go ‘their way’… as to DV, can think of one or two posters, in particular… and neither are you, John…

      1. John Hobbs

        We have had a couple of examples of attempted voter suppression here in Sacramento by Trumpkin Proud Boy storm troopers. Pity the moron that tries that with me or mine.

      2. Keith Olsen

        you forgot to mention “side-swiped”… (but the truth will out…)

        Not so fast.  The truth will out.  It looks like it was a Biden campaign team SUV which caused the side swipe.

        A Biden-Harris vehicle might have been at fault in the apparent incident with a Biden campaign bus and a so-called “Trump train” of the president’s supporters over the weekend in Texas.
        After researching the crash via online videos, the San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) said “the ‘at-fault vehicle’ may be the Biden-Harris staffer’s car, while the ‘victim’ appears to be one of the Trump vehicles,” reported KXAN News.

        https://www.dailywire.com/news/trump-train-incident-with-biden-bus-police-say-biden-harris-vehicle-likely-at-fault

        1. Keith Olsen

          Obviously to you, you brought up Rush Limbaugh.

          I just found a Yahoo pic of a current Trump rally, I didn’t even know what site it came from.

          But the pic doesn’t lie.

          1. David Greenwald

            The fact that you went to Rush Limbaugh’s site was amusing to me. Whether the picture is accurate or not doesn’t matter.

        2. Keith Olsen

          Once again, I didn’t go to his site, the pic came from Yahoo images.

          But I find it amusing some of the sites you use too and try to pawn them off as credible.

          1. Don Shor

            I mean, it’s so easily transmissible, you wouldn’t even believe it. You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed. It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous flus.
            Nobody who knows that would bring a bunch of people together in close proximity without masks for a prolonged period of time. They would encourage people to wear masks, maintain social distancing. More likely, they would devise ways to host events while maintaining the greatest possible level of safety to the participants. Especially if they heeded the advice of some of the best epidemiologists in the world.
            Doing otherwise would suggest a complete disregard for scientific advice, or ulterior motives that really call someone’s character into question.

  9. Alan Miller

    Matt Taibbi just called Trump/Biden “The worst choice ever”, and this year’s election “a vomit milkshake”.  Mr. T and I see eye to eye on this one.

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