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The Presidential War Voters in the 2020 election must decide between candidates Joe BIDEN AND dONALd trump

The November elections are inching closer and American voters remain divided and unsure over their upcoming decision.

Left-leaning voters believe that this year’s vote is not just a vote for one candidate or the other, but a vote to protect American democracy. A growing number of Joe Biden supporters have adopted the “Settle for Biden” and “vote blue no matter who” campaign method, in an attempt to ensure President Donald Trump is voted out of office despite Biden’s political and moral shortcomings.

“Trump has lost his bearing as president over the last 6 months. He’s contradicted almost anything he’s said, tries to suppress the mail in vote by telling people it’s fraudulent. Honestly it’s very scary because he might not give up his power if he loses the election. Trump will deny the result and do everything in his power to win, which he has been doing for the past four years.” Tristan Timpers 12th grade

Most right-leaning voters are eager to vote for Trump in hopes of giving him a second presidential term and maybe even a third, which Trump said he could “negotiate” because he is “probably entitled” to it. An amendment to the Constitution places a two-term limit on the office of president.

Conservatives believe that America’s current state of chaos needs to be changed and that can only be done under Trump’s presidency. During the Republican National Convention, a common talking point was that Americans won’t be safe in Biden’s America, a counterargument to progressive Democrats’ critiques of law enforcement — stances Biden himself has refused to take.

Coronavirus was not the only unexpected event that shook the nation.

In light of George Floyd’s murder by police officers, protestors took to the streets, not merely angry over Floyd’s death but that he was only one of many Black people killed by police over the years — a result of systemic racism. Demonstrators joined the Black Lives Matter movement in support of racial justice for Black people.

Protestors have been demanding police reform and even abolishing the entire policing system.

The two leading presidential candidates have voiced their opinions on America’s policing system and the BLM movement.

Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden

Despite the Republican Party’s notions that former VP Joe Biden will implement police budget cuts if elected, he is not only opposed to defunding the police, much like a majority of Democratic leaders, but actually advocates adding more funding to the police.

Biden has proposed a $300 million investment in the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program to “reinvigorate” community-oriented policing which would increase the number of police officers in Black and Brown communities.

He has said several times in interviews that he does not support defunding the police. He underscored this message at the Democratic National Convention when he commented that “most cops are good” during a conversation about racial justice.

Instead, he feels that law enforcement can be improved by weeding out bad police officers.

Biden has called for systemic changes to the country's criminal justice system and proposed reforms such as banning chokeholds and ending the transferring of “weapons of war” to police forces, but he opposes cutting resources for law enforcement.

In his interview with NowThis News, a progressive social media-focused news organization, Biden agreed to redirecting some funding, but then shifted the conversation from policing to prison reform.

He said that the prison system “should be a rehabilitation system, not a punishment system,” and that the formerly incarcerated are entitled to the same rights and same federal programs as Americans who have not gone to prison.

Biden has also pledged to create a national police oversight commission within the first hundred days of his presidency.

During the first presidential debate of 2020 Biden said that he supports “law and order with justice where people get treated fairly.”

He contended that there is systemic injustice in law enforcement but that a vast majority of police officers are “good, decent, honorable men and women.”

During the debate Biden also condemned violence, but said he supports peaceful protestors who are marching for BLM.

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Biden has a problematic record on racial justice.

Joe is a senile old man who can't even remember his name more or less the false left ideologies he will try to push upon us. No, he is not up for the job of presidency as he has done nothing in his 47 years [in politics] and will instead do worse for this country. Unlike Trump, Biden has been prejudiced against people of color countless times and only supports the BLM movement to help him win the election.” Urquidez Levi 10th grade

He once called state-mandated school integration “the most racist concept you can come up with.”

In his early political career, Biden helped kill one of the most effective policies for improving Black educational attainment that America has known.

During his first campaign in the ‘70s, he was an advocate for desegregating America’s schools but after backlash from white constituents he changed his mind, arguing against busing for racial integration.

He said that forced busing was appropriate for the South, where segregation was the product of racist laws, but unnecessary for the North, where Biden claimed that it was simply a matter of white and Black community preference.

Biden also voted to bar the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare from requiring schools to provide information on the racial makeup of their student bodies, making it impossible for the government to withhold federal funds from school districts that refused to integrate.

Although the measure was rejected, Biden remained persistent.

Now Biden says “things have changed drastically,” when asked about his past policies in a town hall in Philadelphia.

I do believe that Joe Biden is qualified to be president for the reasons that he believes in climate change, is against police brutality, and supports the LGBTQ+ community and so much more. Sandy Perez 9th grade

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump

Since the start of this year’s BLM protests, President Donald Trump has been harshly criticized for his handling of the situation and lack of action by critics on both sides.

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Earlier this year, Trump called in the National Guard to Washington, D.C. to police demonstrations. He was heavily criticized after peaceful protestors near the White House were tear-gassed so that he could stage a photo opportunity at a church across the street.

In Portland, Oregon, he also sent federal agents who clashed with demonstrators every evening over a several week period. Videos surfaced on social media of federal officers using unmarked vehicles to grab protestors off downtown Portland streets.

Trump has signed an executive order that would provide some narrow police reforms including the establishment of a national database on police misconduct.

This order came after he faced pressure to take action following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police.

Trump has rejected ideas to defund police as “radical and dangerous,” instead outlining programs to hold police officers to higher standards.

The president promised a ban on chokeholds, except when the officer believes his or her life is in danger; more support for officers who deal with the homeless, drug addicts and the mentally ill, along with social workers to help officers better navigate these encounters. However, his administration has yet to take any action.

Although Trump rails against defunding the police, in February the Trump administration proposed a 58 percent cut in the COPS Hiring Program, a federal program that supports police department staffing. This is not the first time. The administration has routinely called for cuts to this program, only to be shut down by Congress.

Despite some level of reform, Trump’s other policies and rhetoric seems to encourage violence from law enforcement.

This summer, he posted a tweet that appeared to support violence in which he said “When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” a phrase used by segregationists against civil rights protestors. The president later said he did not mean it as a threat.

During May’s demonstrations, Trump praised the way the Secret Service agents “would quickly come down on [protestors], hard — didn’t know what hit them.” Back in 2017, he told law enforcement officers to “please don’t be too nice” when making arrests.

Trump has also repeatedly empowered hate groups whose remarks resonate with white supremacists.

During the first presidential debate of 2020, the president did not condemn white supremacists and the alt-right, instead telling the Proud Boys — a far-right and neo-fascist male-only organization that promotes and engages in political violence — to “stand back and stand by.” The group immediately adopted the phrase, adding it to their logo.

Days after he declined to denounce white supremacists which sparked outrage among many Americans, he told Fox News that he condemns right-wing hate groups such as the KKK and the Proud Boys.

In June, Trump tweeted a video of his supporters at a retirement community in Florida in which one Trump fan chanted "white power."

Trump has repeatedly referred to the BLM movement as violent, calling it “discriminatory” and “bad for Black people.”

He described BLM protestors as “dangerous thugs.”

In July, the president tweeted about New York City’s decision to paint “Black Lives Matter” on Fifth Avenue, calling it “a symbol of hate.”

American journalist Bob Woodward and the author of “Fear:Trump in the White House,” asked Trump whether he felt America “has systemic racism.” At first the president responded with "probably less here than most places or less here than many places." But after he was pushed, he admitted that yes, America does have systemic racism. “I think it is [in America]. It’s unfortunate, but I think it is.”

This statement was released only days after Trump visited Kenosha, Wisconsin in the wake of protests that erupted after Jacob Blake was shot in the back seven times by police, and completely dismissed the “idea” of systemic racism, instead saying the city has been “ravaged by anti-police and anti-America riots.”

Trump has also said that “We must build upon our heritage, not tear it down” — a reference to the dismantling of Confederate statues around the country.

Just last month, Trump tweeted that the California Department of Education would not be funded if it went through with implementing its anti-racism lessons in California schools which include the use of the 1619 Project directed by The New York Times Magazine, calling it “toxic propaganda.”

He called the project “totally discredited” and denounced the “twisted web of lies” being taught in schools and instead supported the development of a “pro-American curriculum that celebrates the truth about our nation’s great history.”

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