The Presidential Inauguration has concluded and with that, Joe Biden has been sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. “I’m very excited for what Biden can bring to this country and feel that this election was a step in the right direction,” says Djena Diallo from William Penn High School. This year’s election was much different than the previous years.
This election recorded the highest percentage of eligible voters who cast a ballot since 1900, according to Time for Kids. The massive turnout was due to a number of reasons, including the national uproar of many celebrities to encourage voting.
“Celebrities played a big part in me voting for the first time, seeing players like LeBron James and Stephen Curry emphasize voting really made me want to go vote,” says Isaac Green from the University of Alabama. Coronavirus also didn’t stop people from voting because many had sent in mail-in ballots and went to booths to vote earlier than usual. Joe Biden being sworn in meant the end of Donald Trump’s term, shining a new light on the United States.
“I’m so glad that Trump is out of office, those four years were the worst and I’m excited to see what the future holds,” says Fatima Sow from Conrad Schools of Science. Trump’s ending to his campaign was one of the worst we had ever seen. Trump was impeached for the second time in a single term, the first president to do that in U.S. History. He also had all of his social media accounts banned due to his encouragement of the U.S. Capitol Attacks.
“Those attacks on the Capitol were disgusting and do not embody what it means to be an American,” says Isaac from University of Alabama. Trump also didn’t leave the office without a fight, continuously stating that the election was “rigged” and that the votes needed to be “recounted.”
Pending the decision of his second impeachment, Trump could have the ability to run for president again in 2024. If he is able to however, there are many doubts that he would make it far and his life as a president looks all but over.