Four years ago the U.S saw what was perhaps the most divisive election in decades. The political battle was between then-candidate Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Once the votes were cast, President Trump was elected.
Many Americans, myself included, hoped that the divisiveness and polarization would subside. We hoped the country would heal the many wounds from a ‘brutal’ election year. Unfortunately, we’re in for another rough one this fall.
Former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to win the Democrat nomination for the presidency. This is after what many pundits proclaimed to be a “miracle comeback” of a campaign following impressive wins in primaries across the country, starting in South Carolina. Joe Biden’s core message of his campaign is that he wants to “restore the soul of America” and help heal the country’s wounds of divisiveness.
This message of his seems to be smart on paper, but what makes it harder for Joe Biden’s campaign is that it comes from Joe Biden. If you argue that a candidate is going to “restore the soul” of a country, the candidate is going to be scrutinized for what their soul is. In simpler terms, people will have a bigger focus on what Joe Biden’s soul is like. This is the primary reason why the general election this fall will be messier than in years past. There are many questions and concerns about the souls of both Vice President Biden and President Trump.
President Trump has one advantage that Vice President Biden does not. President Trump was elected president in spite of questions about his character or “soul” for that matter. Joe Biden’s character has recently come under intense scrutiny following allegations that he sexually assaulted his former aide Tara Reade in the 1990s and suggesting that black Americans “ain’t black” if they vote for President Trump.
Concerns about the character of two primary presidential candidates isn’t anything new to a presidential election. What makes 2020 unique is that the election will occur in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic at a time with tremendous division in the country. Both President Trump and Vice President Biden can expect to be asked countless times about their past responses to public health crises and what they’ve done to help the black community.
This will exacerbate emotions on both sides regarding how they feel towards the opposing presidential candidate. Following the 2016 election, there were protests nationwide against President Trump in which the famous slogan “Not my president!” was chanted.
Now, in 2020, those who are opposed to President Trump and supportive of Vice President Biden will be more determined and hopeful to see the incumbent voted out of office.
The year 2020 has not been kind to this country. The year began with the tragic and unexpected deaths of the iconic Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, the Altobelli family, and the Chester family. Shortly afterward, the world was shaken by the historic Coronavirus pandemic. Millions of Americans were left unemployed and quarantined in their houses for months, with no social ‘diffusers’ in sports or social outings to entertain them. Now, the country watches as hundreds of protests occur nationwide to protest police brutality and systemic racism following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer.
To say the least, the emotions in this country are on edge. Many of the frustrations people have will be taken out on the ballot box in November, setting up for what may be the messiest general election in years.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.