The new President will reset the status quo and introduce a new ideology
Blue is often associated with sadness, but during the US election, for some, it was used as a symbol of hope. Americans turned out in record-breaking numbers to voice their stance, eventually picking blue which meant that Biden would be elected as the 46th President.
The US election was held on the 3rd of November, but a turnout of 161 million and significant rise in postal votes meant that no President was elected until the 7th of November. Biden claimed his victory by flipping states such as Wisconsin, Michigan and the decisive Pennsylvania. Many believed a vote for Biden was a vote for the anti-Trump regime, as Trump’s isolationist approach burnt bridges with International Organisations and allies, as well as his campaign being fuelled by hate towards those who opposed him. The election essentially played out as ‘good vs evil’ or as Biden described it in his victory speech, “light vs darkness”.
Biden might have been victorious during this election but 71million did voted against him (versus 75million who voted for Biden). The popular vote illustrates a nation that has been divided by two ideologies, and signifies that Trump and his followers are reluctant to step down. During the election process in Michigan where Trump was initially leading, Trump supporters were shouting “stop the count”. Ironically, in Arizona, a tight race between the two candidates caused Trump supporters to chant “count the votes”.
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With Trump elected out of office, what does the future hold for US politics?
By nigel tate: political editor
The ‘Trumpism’ ideology is expected to live on. For many it represented core beliefs of traditional patriotism and a vote against the establishment, which some argued were designed to keep society in check. This ideology showed immense momentum, but was ultimately slowed by both Trump’s handling of the coronavirus (resulting in a death toll of 237,572 – more than any other nation) and threatening language made against the BLM movement.
Trump has often used his position to leverage success, filing 11 lawsuits against states such as Arizona, Nevada and Pennsylvania to dispute this year’s election result. In his private life, Trump would claim to have won 18 golf championships (12 of the supposed championships were at his privately owned golf course) and was accused by the NY Times for just paying $750 of income tax in the year 2016/17. These examples present the idea that Trump has not always had to fight his way up, and shows no sign of stopping, especially with the pending lawsuits challenging the outcome of the election for alleged ‘voting fraud’.
A Biden presidency in terms of international relations seems to be encouraging, as America and its allies attempt to start with a clean slate by rebuilding their former relationship. Biden strives to undo the damages of Trump’s administration. Recently, he has set a task force in response to COVID-19, announced policies to tackle the environmental crisis and attempts to eradicate social injustices with the help of elected Vice-President Kamala Harris. As the first Black, Asian-American female to be elected as Vice-President, Kamala Harris embodies a positive change for American politics. However, we wonder, to what extent will these changes be enough to unite a nation that is extremely polarised?