It is no doubt that 2020 has been a wild ride. From rumors of World War Three, to racial tensions, to Covid-19, this year has been a whirlwind.
Starting with the Australia bush fires. The fires burned over 46 million acres, roughly the size of South Korea. Destroying about 5,900 buildings, 2,779 of those being homes, and killing 34 people. It caused devastation throughout the country.
The fear over what everyone thought was going to be World War III was short lived. After the Trump administration approved an airstrike, killing Iran’s top general Qassem Soleimani, World War III quickly became one of Twitter’s most trending topics. The Department of Defense had explained that Soleimani had numerous plans to attack the United States and active service members in Iran. That night, Iran’s state TV had warned Americans to get out of the country immediately.
In December 2019, the first case of the virus that has taken over our lives was reported in Wuhan. Patients were diagnosed with a strange form of Pneumonia since they could figure out what else it was. In January, it was identified as the coronavirus. When WHO declared the outbreak a worldwide emergency, people started to panic. Children being pulled from schools, adults working from home or losing their jobs, being stuck in homes for months on end, it’s safe to say that Covid-19 took over everyone’s summer-and their lives.
Trump’s impeachment made him the third president in American history to ever be impeached, behind Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. Although he was charged with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, he was not removed from office. This impeachment came after a formal house investigation found he had interference in the 2020 presidential election by foreign countries. The Democratic party argued that this was sufficient enough to impeach and remove from office.
Throughout the summer, protests took over the nation. The fight against systemic racism and police brutality did not start with the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, or Ahmaud Arbery; but a fight that started hundreds of years ago with slavery. As the streets filled with protesters and counter-protesters, businesses and buildings were robbed and burned. Doing further investigation, the Washington Post found that many of the protesters found breaking and entering were actually white supremacists trying to give the Black Lives Matters movement a bad representation.
2020 was not all that bad. The protests led to an intense amount of reflection and reform. Cities all across the United States are reforming and retraining their police officers. Safe, well trained officers will help build the trust among people. States are banning certain maneuvers during arrests; hopefully preventing more deaths like Geroge Floyd
Joseph R. Biden was elected the 46th president of the United States on November 7, 2020. Although the electoral college met December 14th to cast their votes, it was very unlikely that the presidency was going to be given to Trump. As of December 14, 2020, Joseph R Biden will be inaugurated on January 20, 2021 as the 46th president of the United States.
As 2020 winds down to an end, we can only hope that the rest of the year is calm and relaxed.