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Trump Vs. Biden: What Do They Stand For?

Which policies will Americans vote for in the 2020 election?

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The 2020 contest between President Trump and Joe Biden has taken a step back due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that has only increased the stakes of this year’s election. President Trump and Joe Biden have taken very different approaches to their campaigns. Trump, the Republican candidate, is calling for economic recovery after the pandemic. Biden, of the Democrat Party, is calling for a return to normalcy and morality that he claims Trump lacks.

President Trump has recently attacked Democratic policies and governance in inner cities. These attacks have stemmed from the response to the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Trump called some Democratic mayors “very weak” and highlighted the failures of city officials around riots and Seattle’s Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone.

Meanwhile, Joe Biden has condemned racism in America today, claiming Trump set the tone for hate-filled behavior. He also criticized Trump’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying the president hasn’t done enough to save lives and should be stricter on social distancing. Biden, who is isolated in his home, said Trump “does not care about the public health.”

Surprisingly, President Trump and Joe Biden share concerns about some issues but have different antidotes to the problem. This is most visible through their concerns about technology and social media. President Trump thinks that Big Tech is censoring and banning the speech of conservative voices on the internet. He wants 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 said that the real problem is hateful content on the internet. They have proposed harsher laws on social media companies to ensure user safety.

Finally, foreign policy is likely to be a key difference between the two candidates. President Trump has argued for an “America First” agenda mainly focused on protecting American jobs and financial interests. He also campaigned to withdraw from wars in the Middle East.

Biden has placed more of an emphasis on America’s return to the head of the international order. He 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). The differences in foreign policy are significant, and these differences may put one candidate over the other when it comes time for voters to make their decision at the booth.

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Jose Backer, General Assignment Reporter, is a graduate of St. Michael's College and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Political Science. Born and raised in Southern California, he currently resides in the Pasadena area.

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