An Overview of US Politics: 2020-2021 Edition

An Overview of US Politics: 2020-2021 Edition

Austin Mallan, Staff Writer

From the largest voter presence to the large amount of voter fraud allegations, these past five months in American politics have been chaotic, exciting, and at some points frightening. If you’ve been confused or haven’t been paying attention to the political news then don’t fear, because today this article will go over everything that has happened starting with November 3rd, 2020. 

November 3rd was election day here in America and it was exciting. The first thing to note was that it was the largest voter turnout in over 100 years with more than two-thirds of the eligible voter population turning up to vote. The next big news from the election was that it took 4 days from election day to determine who was elected President. With the voting results finally predictable, Joe Biden was declared President-Elect with a total of 306 electoral votes. That was not the end of the story though, as immediately after the election results were announced, President Trump called the election invalid and fraudulent. This resulted in a number of court cases between President Trump and the states where he believed fraudulent votes occurred. The rumors spread, conspiracies started, and protests began. Throughout the protests and the posts on social media, President Trump lost case after case after case, with each state proving no voter fraud. But he didn’t stop, and soon he would help make history. All it would take was a speech and a rowdy, violent crowd. 

On January 6, 2021, two events were going just blocks away from each other in Washington DC. The first was at the Capitol building where Congress was confirming the electoral votes and securing Biden’s Presidential win. The other was a rally held by President Trump talking about how the election was stolen from him. After the rally the participants stormed to the Capitol building to protest the validation of the electoral votes and to “convince” Congress to overturn the vote. What resulted made history. Ralliers turned rioters broke the barricade and broke into the Capitol. Congressmen and women were evacuated and sheltered throughout the building. Rioters broke into chambers and vandalized, looted, and occupied them. Outside the rioters set up a gallows and chanted “Hang Mike Pence”, the Vice President. The assault on the Capitol was only the second time the Capitol had ever been breached – the first being by the British in 1814 near the end of the War of 1812. 

After the January 6 assault was ended, Congress reassembled and validated the Presidential votes. Shortly after the riot the House of Representatives impeached Trump a second time – for insurrection. Joseph Biden was inaugurated as President on January 20. And in the Senate, Trump was found not guilty due to there not being a two-thirds majority vote in the Senate. 

That brings us to now. As of writing this article in March of 2021, the Covid Relief bill has been passed and will soon go into effect. Biden continues his efforts on distributing vaccines and re-entering deals and treaties that former President Trump had left. As of now, the Iran Nuclear deal is still being discussed. 

These past five months went by fast. But hopefully the confusion they saw will go away more quickly.