Ariana Juarez
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Since the 2016 presidential election, I feel it’s safe to say that times have been steadily growing worse, culminating in the lovely time that is 2020. Of course, I can’t blame every single evil in the world on President Donald Trump, but boy, if he’s not part of a large number of bad things that continue to happen. A large majority of Americans are slowly becoming more aware of the issues that are prevalent within our country — not ones started by Trump, but, rather, ones he is certainly the product of it.

Trump is somehow not the most unpopular president to run for re-election; that honor goes to Gerald Ford. According to FiveThirtyEight, Donald Trump’s approval ratings have actually been fairly steady during his time as president, something that puts him in “an unenviable but ambiguous position for reelection.” Of course, once someone is sitting in the White House, it seems that people have already made up their minds, and decided how they felt about the president — it was unlikely for them to change their minds. This ambivalence might have had people questioning the outcome of the election on its own.

This article, however, was written in January 2020, and our culture has changed since then.

With American unemployment and homelessness rates skyrocketing as we are six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become more apparent than ever that Trump was ill-equipped to handle leadership and the crisis at hand. Trump had denied the severity of the situation until it was too late. Now, with over 190 thousand deaths in America, and the publication of journalist Bob Woodward’s book Rage, Trump admitted on Feb. 7 that “this is deadly stuff” and that he had purposefully hidden the severity of the situation for months. Had he said something sooner, I fully believe that more lives could have been saved. Now, Americans are arguably worse off than they were a few months ago, and we have an election coming up. Don’t even get me started on how the state of California is going up in flames, after decades of warnings about global warming.

During a pandemic and the election coming up, there has been a surge of importance in mail-in ballots, especially for those at risk. Having things delivered to your house has never been more important, it seems — and America’s president has decided that now is the time to start dismantling the United States Postal Service. He outright admitted that “you can’t have universal mail-in voting because they’re not equipped to have it.” In addition to withholding funding, the United States Postal Service has also been ordered to delay their deliveries — so if you’re waiting on a paycheck, a package for school, from your doctor, or just your standard mail, it seems like we’re going to be delayed even further. In an attempt to suppress your vote, Trump has also just made life sufficiently more difficult, especially for those in rural areas who depend on the USPS. This doesn’t even begin to cover the sudden job insecurity for those who are employed by the USPS (637,000 people, to be exact). This is an amazingly stupid move that has upset Americans everywhere; not only does this sabotage everyone’s right to vote (and their right to not risk their lives by going out), but also sabotages their everyday life.

The pandemic and the rising need for the USPS has shown America something important: Trump has to go. He has proven time and time again that he was never going to be a good leader, running his campaign on hate and fear-mongering. Trump’s position is more precarious than ever, and that’s exactly why he is trying to remove the power to vote by mail, during a pandemic that the country does not seem to be recovering from, and likely won’t anytime soon. The chance of a fair election threatens his position of power, which is something that no one on his cabinet wants. This is not about protecting the American people, but conserving their power. What happens when you restore voting rights to nonviolent offenders? Thousands of people who were not able to participate before can vote again. What happens when you make a colonized territory, like Pureto Rico, a state, and thus give the citizens a right to vote? According to Republicans, that would mean they would never get a seat in the senate again, giving them apt reason to continue denying those people a right to vote.

If your power depends on you suppressing and silencing the voices of thousands of people, a large number of whom are Black and brown folks, you do not deserve a seat of power. If we lived in a fair and just world, Trump being re-elected as president would be out of the question. He does not deserve this position of power, and he seems determined to make everyone pay for their own personal dislike of him. But now we are watching voter suppression happen before our very eyes, and the country seems to be descending into more and more chaos as unrest is brewing.

Trump knows he can’t trust the American people on their own to re-elect him. Could Trump remain president for another four years? The answer is more uncertain than I would like it to be. The truth of the matter is, Trump could win — and we would be witnessing the death of democracy as we know it.

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