It seemed almost unfathomable- the Celebrity Apprentice judge would become the next POTUS.
Four years ago, Americans laughed at the prospect of billionaire Donald J. Trump becoming the POTUS. With his snide remarks, racist rhetoric and outlandish tweets, many figured Donald Trump had a slim chance of becoming the POTUS. Here we are four years later, and no one is laughing.
This country can not afford another four years of erratic behavior from the POTUS. Despite the characterization of the former Vice President from the far right, Joe Biden has a relatively moderate and practical political platform. In addition to supporting American veterans and boosting the economy with products made in America, Biden’s vision also includes taking steps toward fixing the climate and empowering women.
The increase of hurricanes, unusual weather patterns and wildfires of an unseen magnitude is a direct result of climate change. While a vote for Biden will not eradicate the climate crisis, we need a president who is willing to listen to scientists and act on their intelligence. Donald Trump pulled out of the global Paris Climate agreements. This election is our chance to vote for our children and our grandchildren’s future. There are no excuses. We have accurate knowledge about the climate, and the decisions we make now have the ability to impact the earth for hundreds of years.
Additionally, Biden’s agenda attempts to uplift and empower all American people. These are qualities we do not currently have in the president of the United States.
To mitigate issues like the coronavirus pandemic, the climate crisis and peak racial tension, this country desperately needs an administration with a level head and a cabinet prepared to tackle these problems. Currently, this country has an executive team that basks in petty drama and tweets. While electing Biden would not eliminate all of America’s problems, I believe a vote against Trump would restore a sense of diplomacy to the White House.
Last week, Donald Trump tweeted “if you vote for Biden, your kids will not be in school, there will be no graduations, no weddings, no Thanksgiving, no Christmas, and no Fourth of July!” While these statements are untrue and many Trump supporters would claim the president simply has a sarcastic sense of humor, tweets like these demonstrate a tactic Trump has used since he originally campaigned for the presidency— fear.
From his racist remarks calling Latinx immigrants “drug dealers, criminals and rapists,” to the statement threatening “when the looting starts the shooting starts,” following the death of George Floyd, Trump has utilized fear far too frequently to get his message across. Irrational fear inevitably turns into action. When you are the POTUS, words matter.
I am tired of Trump supporters telling me not to take the things Donald Trump says seriously. I want to take the president seriously. I do not want a president who separates children from their families and puts children in cages. I do not want a president who escalates racial tension in this country. I do not want a president that other countries, except Russia and North Korea, have little respect for.
Earlier this semester I tweeted “If you don’t want to vote for yourself, vote for the poor. Vote for people incarcerated. Vote for the immigrant. Vote for the planet. Vote for the least of these. Voting is about more than the individual. Voting is about the collective.”
I know my vote has the chance to speak for those who do not have a voice. This election is not just about voting Donald Trump out of the White House. This is about voting for a qualified politician with a caring platform. While there is no such thing as a perfect political candidate, I am undoubtedly more confident in the character and diplomacy of Joe Biden than Donald Trump.
This country desperately needs somebody new to lead the nation with respect and kindness. Out of the two candidates, Joe Biden can fulfill this role.