Voter suppression has been a controversial subject in this election. But one viral video has given the internet hope...
As the all-important presidential elections loom above us...Every single day seems to be a struggle to get through.
Especially for the candidates, who seem to have taken a "playground insult" approach to disarm their opponent.Yeah, it's getting pretty strange out here.
But despite everything, millions of Americans still have faith in one of the parties.More than 12 million of them have already cast their vote for their next president according to some recent data released by US Elections Project.
But who really knows what's going to happen in twenty days?The responsibility of picking the correct leader is a tough one and with passionate opinions on both candidates, it's looking likely that this will be one tough battle. Let's just hope both men make it to November 3rd.
Because in all the drama, you might have forgotten that President Trump's COVID diagnosis was announced on October 2nd.It was confirmed that the President and the First Lady, Melania Trump, had been diagnosed with the virus that has already killed over 208,000 Americans.
Trump tweeted this...Though, at this time, he didn't give any further details regarding his and Melania's symptoms.
Immediately after his diagnosis, the president went into self-isolation...
And floods of well-wishes for him and the First lady began pouring in from all around the world.
@realDonaldTrump @FLOTUS We have your back President Trump!!! Get well soon 🇺🇸— oregon4TRUMP (@oregon4TRUMP)1601614527.0
But on the other hand, lots of angry and spiteful messages have been thrown at the pair following their diagnosis too.
@realDonaldTrump @FLOTUS I just can’t be sad. 200,000 Americans have died and he hasn’t shed one tear. That’s 67 9/… https://t.co/jY0xtfdE63— Keller Keller (@Keller Keller)1601615591.0
It's been a divisive topic, to say the least.But many people were, quite rightfully, feeling concerned about Trump's chances of surviving the deadly virus.
Because even though the virus has a fairly steady survival rate...Seventy-four-year-old President Trump is actually in the high-risk category.
But the White House was quick to put many worries to rest.Mark Meadows, the White House Chief of Staff, spoke at a live press conference today where he stated that he is "optimistic the President will have a very quick and speedy recovery."
Meadows explained that the White House's core staff have all been tested for the virus...And said that the President was "energetic" and in "good spirits", adding that he was "staying committed to working very hard on behalf of the American people" Apparently, the first question Trump asked him after his diagnosis was "how's the economy doing?"
However, Meadows may have spoken too soon.Because, shortly after his statement, it was reported that the president had been admitted to the hospital.
The president tweeted this:"I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!"
Now, telling a country to not be afraid of a virus that has killed 200,000 Americans is an extremely reckless thing to say...
And, of course, people were not happy with his choice of announcement.
@realDonaldTrump Tell that to the 220,000 people who died from #COVID19 #OnYourWatch and their families @POTUS— Greg Rickard (@Greg Rickard)1601969132.0
But Trump's dangerous outlook on the virus isn't the only thing pressing on people's minds...What does this mean for his presidential campaign?
Voting has already begun in the US.With millions of Americans having their say in both ballots cast in-person and absentee or mail-in ballots returned to local elections offices.
And that's not all.With 7 days to go, there is still a lot of time for other Americans to head down to their local polling station and vote.
But some states are already making a dramatic impact.In Vermont, a total of 95,885 have voted so far, and this already counts for 30% of the overall turnout back in 2016, when Donald Trump took on Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton.
And in Wisconsin, Virginia, and South Dakota, the figure is at approximately 25%.And if we're talking about record-breaking statistics, then Georgia is in the lead with 128,590 ballots cast on the first day of early voting - a whopping 40% increase from rates in 2016.
So it's no wonder that waiting times in some areas have been upgraded to 3 hours.In Georgia, Kentucky, and Texas, Americans experienced long lines and exhausting waiting times as the offices did not expect the sudden rush.
Experts put it all down to one reason...They said high voter enthusiasm may be a cause. Let's just hope every single other American that is eligible to vote, also has their say this November.
But in spite of long waits, voters aren't letting it get them down - and Twitter is loving it!
A whole mood! The joyful defiance of dancing in line at the polls in a “f*** 2020” Tshirt is what voting in 2020 lo… https://t.co/MMlocA5FbS— Resistance Revival Chorus (@Resistance Revival Chorus)1603599852.0
Voting should be joyful! #JoyToThePolls @ResistanceRev https://t.co/mEW6nSoYjN— #JoyToThePeople (@#JoyToThePeople)1603577245.0
This voting line in Philly!!!! https://t.co/sC6e3a4Ljv— Jerry Saltz (@Jerry Saltz)1603625416.0
I love us so much. We rise. Always. https://t.co/bEySCGf2hr— Ava DuVernay (@Ava DuVernay)1603658011.0
Black people are amazing. We all know that these insanely long lines are a form of voter suppression. Yes, we are f… https://t.co/mRPORKochX— Shanita Hubbard (@Shanita Hubbard)1603644258.0
I love us!!! #Philly #ElectionDay https://t.co/Si115MwoOS— chris evans (@chris evans)1603607629.0
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I see you #Philly! We know winning this jawn is crucial. ❤️ #vote #WeWin #PhillyLove https://t.co/pZL9WR1vcm— Wanda Sykes (@Wanda Sykes)1603639553.0