Ten pivotal moments of the U.S. election year

Video Credit: Reuters - Politics
Published on October 27, 2020 - Duration: 04:07s

Ten pivotal moments of the U.S. election year

[NFA] From Trump’s ‘bleach’ moment to Biden’s early campaigning, here are ten top moments that have shaped a dizzying election year.

Matthew Larotonda reports.


Ten pivotal moments of the U.S. election year

[U.S. President Donald Trump saying:] "This is the craziest race." The 2020 U.S. presidential election was always expected to be a dramatic and eventful ride.

But nobody predicted a global pandemic would upend every facet of the campaign.

[Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden saying:] "Tackling this pandemic is a national emergency akin to fighting a war." Here are 10 pivotal moments from the election year.

[U.S. President Donald Trump saying:] "But this is what the end result is.” Back in February, Donald Trump’s re-election prospects looked relatively strong.

He was cleared on two charges from his Senate impeachment trial and the economy was roaring.

After years of strife, the moment offered him a chance for a reset.

[Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden saying:] "We're in this for the long haul." Joe Biden’s presidential bid, on the other hand, faltered after disappointing finishes in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary.

But things changed as soon as African Americans began voting in large numbers.

Biden blew the field away in South Carolina, setting the stage for a stunning run.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases were beginning to circulate.

[U.S. President Donald Trump saying:] "Typically that will go away in April.

We're in great shape though.” After weeks of downplaying the threat, Trump delivered a rare national address in March.

[U.S. President Donald Trump saying:] “Today, the World Health Organization officially announced that this is a global pandemic.” Two days later, a national emergency was declared.

The virus would become the dominant election issue and keep candidates off the campaign trail for months.

In the meantime, Bernie Sanders dropped out of the Democratic race which allowed Biden to turn his focus squarely to the general election with nearly seven months to go.

[Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden saying:] "It is with great honor and humility that I accept this nomination for President of the United States of America." Opinion polls in April showed an uptick in public approval of Trump’s handling of the pandemic.

Then came this: [U.S. President Donald Trump saying:] "I see the disinfectant (…) is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning.” Public health experts were quick to reject the idea.

Trump later claimed he was being sarcastic.

[U.S. President Donald Trump saying:] “That was said sarcastically, and you know that.” His public image took another hit in June.

Amid national protests against racial injustice, crowds outside the White House were cleared with pepper spray to allow a Trump photoshoot outside a church.

The image would haunt the president.

His approval rating dropped to a seven-month low.

[Senator Kamala Harris saying:] "The case against Donald Trump and Mike Pence is open and shut." In August, Biden tapped Senator Kamala Harris for his running mate.

She swiftly proved herself to be a huge asset, energizing the Democratic base and bringing in big fundraising dollars.

The following month, the worst fears of liberals came true.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died less than two months before the election.

Trump did not hesitate to pick her replacement, giving conservatives a reason to cheer.

But it also galvanized the Democrats, especially women.

With much to gain, Trump came into his first debate with Biden looking for a fight.

But his belligerence worked against him.

Polls and focus groups showed swing voters were repulsed by his behavior.

After weeks of holding huge in-person rallies, the president tested positive for COVID.

It kept him off the campaign trail for 10 days.

His infection made the White House look bumbling and hypocritical and it ensured the virus remained the central issue of the campaign as Election Day approached.

You are here

💡 One News Page Knowledge: Other News Mentions

Donald Trump

45th president of the United States
President Trump still hasn't conceded, but The White House Gift Shop can certainly read the writing on the wall ... it's slashing prices to unload some Trump..
Credit: TMZ.com - Published 4 minutes ago

I have fought to uphold the integrity of elections in Georgia. It doesn't matter if the attacks come from the guy I voted for or not.
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 54 minutes ago

The president-elect describes the Trump administration's help with the transition as not "begrudging".
Credit: BBC News - Published 4 hours ago

Joe Biden

President-elect of the United States; 47th Vice President of the United States
American president-elect Joe Biden has given his first TV interview since winning the election, facing questions on the state of the presidential transition and..
7 hours ago • New Zealand Herald
Trump admin. allowing Biden transition to proceed; The history of the Presidential transition
Credit: CBS News - Published 7 hours ago

The picks are a repudiation of President Trump’s isolationism, but they will have to resolve tensions between an Obama-era approach and the “fresh..
Credit: NYTimes.com - Published 7 hours ago

Democratic Party (United States)

Major political party in the United States
Declaring "America is back," President-elect Joe Biden introduces selections for his national security team, relying on foreign policy and national security..
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 13 hours ago

Democrat Joe Biden was certified Tuesday as winner of the presidential election in Pennsylvania, culminating three weeks of vote counting and a string of failed..
15 hours ago • New Zealand Herald
Article By WN.com Guest Writer Gilad Atzmon It is about Urban vs. Rural It is about Globalist vs. Nationalist It is about Cosmopolitans vs. Patriots It is about..
15 hours ago • WorldNews

Kamala Harris

Vice President–elect of the United States; United States Senator
(CNN)Kash Patel, a Trump loyalist who was connected to efforts to spread conspiracy theories about Joe Biden, has been put in charge of the Pentagon transition..
14 hours ago • WorldNews
Gov. Tom Wolf signed a Certificate of Ascertainment for the Democratic slate of electors. It was submitted to the Archivist of the United States.
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 16 hours ago

Jill Biden and Kamala Harris should go America first as they hunt for someone to design their dresses for the inaugural ball ... so says famous fashion designer..
Credit: TMZ.com - Published 2 days ago

The following is a transcript of an interview with Symone Sanders, senior adviser and spokesperson for Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, that aired Sunday,..
Credit: CBS News - Published 3 days ago

World Health Organization

Specialized agency of the United Nations
According to the World Health Organization, heart disease is the top killer globally. But a new study finds that a single daily polypill can dramatically reduce..
Credit: CBS News - Published 19 hours ago

Geneva: "There is now real hope that vaccines, in combination with other tried and tested public health measures, will help to end the pandemic," said the World..
1 day ago • WorldNews

You might like