Global  

Ten pivotal moments of the U.S. election year

Video Credit: Reuters - Politics - Duration: 04:07s - Published
Ten pivotal moments of the U.S. election year

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.

[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 Might Like


💡 One News Page Knowledge: Other News Mentions

Donald Trump Donald Trump 45th president of the United States

U.S. border agents apprehend 1,000 migrant children in 5 days

The Trump administration is warning of being on the "cusp" of a "major influx" of unauthorized migration of children to the U.S. southern border.
CBS News

Live political updates: President Trump expected to spend Thanksgiving at the White House

President Donald Trump's annual Thanksgiving proclamation calls for Americans to "gather" for the holiday.

USATODAY.com

Eye Opener: U.S. sees deadliest day in COVID-19 pandemic in months

The U.S. suffered its deadliest day in the coronavirus pandemic in more than six months. Also, President Trump has pardoned his former adviser Michael Flynn. All..
CBS News

Trump Encourages Thanksgiving Gatherings and Supreme Court Paves the Way

Donald Trump is clearly angry -- enraged -- which is the only explanation for the revenge he seems to want to exact on the American people, because he's goosing..
TMZ.com
Explainer: What to expect from Biden's foreign policy [Video]

Explainer: What to expect from Biden's foreign policy

[NFA] The following are some of the policy issues that President-elect Joe Biden's foreign policy team face as they seek to turn the page on President Donald Trump's sometimes chaotic foreign policy. Jonah Green reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio    Duration: 02:29Published

Joe Biden Joe Biden President-elect of the United States; 47th Vice President of the United States

Bidens write op-ed celebrating smaller Thanksgiving amid pandemic

The Bidens said in an op-ed that they "are temporarily letting go of the traditions we can't do safely."
CBS News
China's Xi congratulates Biden on US election victory, hopes for better ties [Video]

China's Xi congratulates Biden on US election victory, hopes for better ties

Credit: FRANCE 24 English    Duration: 03:19Published

Biden calls for unity as Trump contests election results, pardons former official Michael Flynn

In a long-anticipated move, President Trump pardoned his former adviser Michael Flynn, who had been convicted of lying about his conversations with Russian..
CBS News
President-Elect Joe Biden Delivers Thanksgiving Address [Video]

President-Elect Joe Biden Delivers Thanksgiving Address

On Wednesday, Joe Biden delivered a Thanksgiving address from Wilmington, Delaware.

Credit: Cover Video STUDIO    Duration: 00:54Published

Democratic Party (United States) Democratic Party (United States) Major political party in the United States

A Fight Over Agriculture Secretary Could Decide the Direction of Hunger Policy

The delicate proxy clash has pitted Democrats eager to emphasize issues like hunger and nutrition against traditionalists who believe the department should..
NYTimes.com

Joe Biden: 'America is back' on world stage

Declaring "America is back," President-elect Joe Biden introduces selections for his national security team, relying on foreign policy and national security..
USATODAY.com
In crucial electoral state Georgia's governor certifies Democrat win [Video]

In crucial electoral state Georgia's governor certifies Democrat win

It brings the state one step closer to wrapping up an election fraught with unfounded accusations of fraud by Trump and his supporters.

Credit: Euronews English    Duration: 01:20Published

US election: Biden certified as winning Pennsylvannia

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..
New Zealand Herald

It Is Not About Trump Or Biden

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..
WorldNews

Kamala Harris Kamala Harris Vice President–elect of the United States; United States Senator

'She called me!!!!!': Vice President-elect Kamala Harris phones California teen to thank him for painting her portrait

Tyler Gordon said he painted Kamala Harris' portrait because he was inspired by the barriers she broke to be elected as vice president.

USATODAY.com

VP-elect focuses on Thanksgiving food insecurity

Harris says volunteer efforts at DC Central Kitchen help to feed people and fight loneliness. (Nov. 25)
 

USATODAY.com

Trump loyalist connected to Biden conspiracy theories is leading Pentagon transition

(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..
WorldNews
US presidential transition: Biden, Harris to formally introduce Cabinet picks [Video]

US presidential transition: Biden, Harris to formally introduce Cabinet picks

Credit: FRANCE 24 English    Duration: 10:08Published

World Health Organization World Health Organization Specialized agency of the United Nations

Here's how much exercise you should get a week, even during a pandemic, WHO says in new guidelines

The World Health Organization released new guidelines on physical activity on Wednesday, urging people to ward off sedentary lifestyles.

USATODAY.com

Bill Gates, le virus, et le combat pour vacciner la planète

Le milliardaire travaille avec l’OMS, les groupes pharmaceutiques et plusieurs ONG pour dompter le coronavirus à travers le monde, y compris dans les pays les..
NYTimes.com

Coronavirus infections are higher than ever, but COVID-19 deaths are not. Why?

For months, epidemiologists have predicted a spike in COVID-19 cases as winter approaches. Now it appears those dark forecasts were all too accurate. Coronavirus..
WorldNews

Study finds cheap combo pill lowers heart risks

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..
CBS News

Now 'real hope' to end Covid-19 with vaccines: WHO chief

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..
WorldNews

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ruth Bader Ginsburg American lawyer and jurist

U.S. Supreme Court backs religious groups in NY [Video]

U.S. Supreme Court backs religious groups in NY

The U.S. Supreme Court late on Wednesday (November 25) backed Christian and Jewish houses of worship challenging New York state's latest restrictions in novel coronavirus hot spots. Bryan Wood reports.

Credit: Reuters - Politics    Duration: 01:20Published

Carrie Severino and Elizabeth Wydra talk about the Supreme Court battle on "The Takeout" — 9/25/2020

Carrie Severino, president of the Judicial Crisis Network, and Elizabeth Wydra, president of the Constitutional Accountability Center, join Major to talk about..
CBS News
McConnell Cruises To Re-Election [Video]

McConnell Cruises To Re-Election

The Kentucky senate race is in one of the most-watched races in the country. On one side is Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader. The other side is Amy McGrath, a former Marine fighter pilot. Democrats worked over time to try to oust McConnell. Democrats voters were shocked that Mr. McConnell filled Ruth Bader Ginsburg's SCOTUS seat days before the election. The New York Times reports that McConnell won close to 60% of the vote. McGrath won under 35%.

Credit: Wochit News    Duration: 00:39Published
Amy Coney Barrett confirmed as US Supreme Court justice [Video]

Amy Coney Barrett confirmed as US Supreme Court justice

Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed as the newest member of the US Supreme Courtby a deeply divided Senate on Monday, as Republicans overpowered Democrats toinstall President Donald Trump’s nominee only days before the election. MsBarrett’s confirmation will likely secure a conservative court majority formany years to come. Mr Trump’s choice to fill the vacancy of the late liberalicon Ruth Bader Ginsburg potentially opens a new era of rulings on issuesincluding abortion, the Affordable Care Act and even the president’s own re-election bid.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO    Duration: 01:27Published