The 2020 contest between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden has taken a step back due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s rampage through the United States, but that has only seemed to increase the stakes of this year’s election. President Trump and Joe Biden have both taken very different approaches to their campaigns. Trump, the Republican candidate, is calling for the renewal of the economic success he oversaw through his presidency. Biden, the expected nominee for the Democrat Party, is calling for a return to normalcy and morality that he claims Trump lacks.
President Trump has most recently begun to attack Democratic policies and governance in inner cities. These attacks have stemmed from the response to the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, with Trump calling some Democratic mayors “very weak Radical Left mayors” and highlighting the failures of city officials in instances like the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden has condemned racism in America today, claiming Trump has set the tone for hate-filled behavior. He has also criticized Trump’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying the president hasn’t done enough to save lives and should be taking stricter social distancing measures. “This is almost criminal, the way he’s handled this,” Biden, who remains isolated in his home, said. “He does not care about the public health.”
Surprisingly, President Trump and Joe Biden share the same concerns about some issues, but propose different antidotes to the problem. This is most visible through their concerns about Big Tech. President Trump believes that Big Tech is censoring and banning the speech of conservative voices on the internet, proposing to remove legal protections from social media companies that try to control what is said online. On the other hand, Biden and other liberals have suggested that the real issue with Big Tech is its unwillingness to come out forcefully against hateful content. They have proposed harsher regulations on these companies to ensure user safety.
Finally, foreign policy is likely to be a key point of contention between the two candidates. President Trump had repeatedly argued for an “America First” foreign policy agenda mainly focused on isolationism, renegotiating trade deals, ending trade deficits through protectionism, and the intent to withdraw from wars in the Middle East whenever possible.
Biden has placed more of an emphasis on America’s return to the head of the liberal international order. Biden wants to undo the supposed damage to America’s reputation under President Trump by recommitting to the Paris Climate Agreement, NATO, and the World Health Organization (WHO). He has also pledged to renegotiate the Iranian nuclear deal formed during his time as vice president to de-escalate tensions stoked by President Trump between the U.S. and Iran and to use America’s renewed leadership of the international community to put pressure on American rivals like China and Russia. The differences in foreign policy are quite significant, and these differences will likely be what puts one candidate over the other when it comes time for voters to make their decision at the booth.