Inauguration: How America Has Shifted Power

By: Vivian Hill

‌The‌ ‌2020‌ ‌election‌ ‌was‌ ‌like‌ ‌no‌ ‌other.‌ ‌In‌ ‌a‌ ‌very‌ ‌divided,‌ ‌infected‌ ‌nation,‌ ‌everyone‌ ‌came‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌polls‌ ‌to‌ ‌vote‌ ‌and‌ ‌use‌ ‌their‌ ‌voice.‌ ‌The‌ ‌2020‌ ‌election‌ ‌had‌ ‌more‌ ‌people‌ ‌voting‌ ‌than‌ ‌in‌ ‌any‌ ‌other‌ ‌election‌ ‌in‌ ‌history‌ ‌(Montanaro,‌ ‌2020).‌ ‌The‌ ‌election‌ ‌in‌ ‌itself‌ ‌felt‌ ‌like‌ ‌a‌ ‌roller‌ ‌coaster;‌ ‌however,‌ ‌the‌ ‌current‌ ‌president-elect,‌ ‌Joe‌ ‌Biden,‌ ‌won‌ ‌by‌ ‌a‌ ‌record-breaking‌ ‌80‌ ‌million‌ ‌votes.‌ ‌His‌ ‌competition,‌ ‌Donald‌ ‌Trump,‌ ‌earned‌ ‌74‌ ‌million‌ ‌votes.‌ ‌Also‌ ‌Biden‌ ‌won‌ ‌306‌ ‌electoral‌ ‌votes,‌ ‌which‌ ‌ensured‌ ‌his‌ ‌spot‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌White‌ ‌House,‌ ‌whereas‌ ‌Trump‌ ‌only‌ ‌won‌ ‌232‌ ‌votes.‌ ‌Trump‌ ‌also‌ ‌didn’t‌ ‌concede‌ ‌immediately‌ ‌after‌ ‌Biden‌ ‌was‌ ‌announced‌ ‌the‌ ‌winner,‌ ‌which‌ ‌was‌ ‌unlike‌ ‌any‌ ‌president‌ ‌before‌ ‌him.‌ ‌ ‌On‌ ‌another‌ ‌note,‌ ‌according‌ ‌to‌ ‌npr.org,‌ ‌“As‌ ‌the‌ ‌coronavirus‌ ‌became‌ ‌more‌ ‌widespread,‌ ‌most‌ ‌states‌ ‌adjusted‌ ‌their‌ ‌voting‌ ‌rules,‌ ‌including‌ ‌broadening‌ ‌access‌ ‌to‌ ‌early‌ ‌voting.‌ ‌As‌ ‌a‌ ‌result,‌ ‌some‌ ‌two-thirds‌ ‌of‌ ‌voters‌ ‌cast‌ ‌their‌ ‌ballots‌ ‌early,‌ ‌far‌ ‌surpassing‌ ‌2016‌ ‌rates”.‌ ‌COVID-19‌ ‌caused‌ ‌this‌ ‌election‌ ‌to‌ ‌be‌ ‌very‌ ‌different‌ ‌from‌ ‌all‌ ‌elections‌ ‌before‌ ‌it‌ ‌because‌ ‌it‌ ‌caused‌ ‌many‌ ‌states‌ ‌to‌ ‌edit‌ ‌pre-existing‌ ‌regulations‌ ‌to‌ ‌allow‌ ‌people‌ ‌to‌ ‌vote‌ ‌in-person‌ ‌safely.‌ ‌ ‌In‌ ‌this‌ ‌election‌ ‌the‌ ‌first‌ ‌ever‌ ‌female,‌ ‌South-Asian,‌ ‌Black‌ ‌vice-president,‌ ‌Kamala‌ ‌Harris,‌ ‌was‌ ‌nominated‌ ‌and‌ ‌elected.‌ ‌As‌ ‌stated‌ ‌by‌ ‌the‌ ‌New‌ ‌York‌ ‌Times,‌ ‌“Ms.‌ ‌Harris,‌ ‌the‌ ‌daughter‌ ‌of‌ ‌an‌ ‌Indian‌ ‌mother‌ ‌and‌ ‌Jamaican‌ ‌father,‌ ‌has‌ ‌risen‌ ‌higher‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌country’s‌ ‌leadership‌ ‌than‌ ‌any‌ ‌woman‌ ‌ever‌ ‌before‌ ‌her”.‌ ‌ ‌On‌ ‌a‌ ‌different‌ ‌note,‌ ‌a‌ ‌point‌ ‌of‌ ‌interest‌ ‌is‌ ‌Biden’s‌ ‌age.‌ ‌Joe‌ ‌Biden‌ ‌is‌ ‌78,‌ ‌which‌ ‌will‌ ‌make‌ ‌him‌ ‌the‌ ‌oldest‌ ‌president‌ ‌to‌ ‌get‌ ‌into‌ ‌office.‌ ‌Although,‌ ‌his‌ ‌latest‌ ‌medical‌ ‌assessment‌ ‌stated‌ ‌that‌ ‌he‌ ‌was‌ ‌“healthy,‌ ‌vigorous‌ ‌…‌ ‌fit‌ ‌to‌ ‌successfully‌ ‌execute‌ ‌the‌ ‌duties‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Presidency,‌ ‌to‌ ‌include‌ ‌those‌ ‌as‌ ‌chief‌ ‌executive,‌ ‌head‌ ‌of‌ ‌state‌ ‌and‌ ‌commander‌ ‌in‌ ‌chief”‌ ‌(O’Connor,‌ ‌2019).‌ ‌All‌ ‌of‌ ‌this‌ ‌111098765432112345678910about:blankabout:blankTurn on screen reader support

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