After efforts to impeach him fell through at the last minute, Americans have finally ousted President Trump after a historic election.
Democratic rep Joe Biden has been announced the 46th President of the United States.
Unsurprisingly, social media was flooded with videos and images showing excited Americans celebrating Trump’s loss. It is surprising, especially given how resounding his victory was in 2016 that so many people will want him out in such a short while. And so, let’s explore the key events that shaped Trump’s Presidency and made him so infamous.
Black Lives Matter
The Black Lives Matter movement is perhaps the singular most important event that defined the dissatisfaction minorities in America felt under Trump. The movement which received significant attention around the world was significantly propelled by the George Floyd protests.
Among minority groups, there was a general fear of being targeted and racially profiled. Trump’s tweets and attitude during the protests did not help matters so much. It felt as though he was actively endorsing suppression of minority rights and emphasizing white-supremacy.
Black Lives Matter leader states, “If U.S. doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it”. This is Treason, Sedition, Insurrection!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2020
For some people, Trump was an outright racist who looked down on Africans and other minority groups. His anti-immigration policies effectively fed into this claim. As a matter of fact, it was only further exacerbated when he called Africans, Haitians, and other minority groups ‘shithole’ countries. Ghana’s President is on record to have called him out on this. See tweet below;
The language of @realDonaldTrump that the African continent, Haiti and El Salvador are “shithole countries” is extremely unfortunate. We are certainly not a “shithole country”. We will not accept such insults, even from a leader of a friendly country, no matter how powerful.
— Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) January 13, 2018
As Americans went into the election, Joe Biden’s selection of Kamala Haris offered all these minority groups a chance to finally get back at the President. Again, they knew it will be another chance to feel represented once again at the White House. After all, Kamala is a woman of color.
COVID-19 And ‘China Virus’
The Coronavirus pandemic has affected some 9.96 million Americans and claimed over 238,000 lives in the US. However, President Trump actively refused to acknowledge the disease’s potency. President Trump downplayed the importance of wearing face masks or even the importance of heeding to safety protocols. Until he was diagnosed with the virus, he denied the virus’s disastrous effects. Biden on the other hand consistently advocated the wearing of masks and shared solidarity with the people who had lost their lives.
The video below is a YouTube compilation of the different times Donald Trump downplayed or mocked the virus before testing positive himself. It is taken from the YouTube Channel, NowThis News.
Assassination Of Qasem Soleimani
President Trump ordered a drone strike that targeted and killed the Iranian major general on 3rd January 2020. For most observers, this was perceived as an act of war and heightened tension within the international ecosystem.
On social media, the hashtag #WWIII trended for several weeks. President Trump had assumed an arrogant position of power. According to Al Jazeera, some US analysts and Congressional members feared Trump had crossed a line. Barely a week afterward, Reuters reported that the Senate had passed a resolution to stop Trump from taking further military action against Iran, over fears of war escalations.
It has been a long road from his inauguration on January 20, 2017. For most Americans, President Trump will not be forgotten so soon, for obvious reasons.
President-elect Joe Biden has a significant task ahead. Obviously, all of America will be watching!