October 8 to October 15, 2020
Fauci Says Trump Campaign Ad Uses His Words ‘Completely Out of Context.’
By Student A.B.
On Tuesday 10/13/2020, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci said he wanted an advertisement to be taken down by the Trump campaign that suggested he supported the coronavirus response from the administration. Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, whose blunt public health advice has often been at odds with President Trump, said that he was quoted “completely out of context” in a Trump advertisement by mistakenly suggesting that he praised the coronavirus response of the administration. However, he also made it clear that there was no “rift” between him and the president. I think this says a lot about Trump’s administration. It’s not surprising at all, considering that this has been an administration that has downplayed everything, including words from their own assigned medical expert Anthony Fauci. Anthony Fauci also stated “That ad clearly implies strongly that I’m endorsing a political candidate, and I have not given them my permission to do that,” Dr. Fauci said, adding that in his five decades of public life, he had never been involved in partisan politics. “And in addition to that, the quote that they took is completely out of context.” I believe respect is something that everyone deserves. Regardless of what political party we support. And Dr. Fauci very much deserves to be respected. Ever since this virus started, there has been an undeniable tension between him and the president. I also think Dr. Fauci was right when he said, “That ad clearly implies strongly that I’m endorsing a political candidate”. I believe this can bring tensions among people of different parties, or even people in general because Dr. Fauci is a coronavirus medical expert that everyone in the United States looks up to for the virus update and other important information about this virus. So, it’s very important for him to not endorse any political party.
Roe v. Wade: The Constitutional Right to Access Safe, Legal Abortion
In 1973, Roe v. Wade guaranteed access to safe and legal abortions, as it is a constitutional right. Extreme conservatives are taking lifetime positions in federal courts, putting Roe v. Wade at risk. One-third of all women between 15 and 49 could lose access to safe abortions. Official reports say illegal abortions make up 1 in 6 pregnancy related deaths, but many professionals feel there are many more. Legal abortion has a safety record of over 99%. With Roe v. Wade under attack, even though it is a constitutional right, more than 25 million women could lose this right to healthcare in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Hundreds of new abortion restrictions have been introduced this year, including 10 states with 6 week abortion bans. Only 23 to 28 percent of women have reported pregnancy awareness at six weeks or less.
● 73% of Americans support Roe v. Wade, which is the most support in the last 45 years, including those who voted for Trump.
● 67% of Americans think abortion should be legal in all or most cases.
● Most Americans want lawmakers to stay out of the issue of abortion.
● Most Americans want legislators to expand abortion access rather than try to restrict it.
● Americans are almost twice as likely to support a candidate who supports abortion access.
● 65% of Americans think a trend to restrict access to abortion care is going the wrong direction.
● 71% of self-described moderate republicans and liberal Republicans and 82% of moderate and conservative Democrats support Roe v. Wade.
● 60% of Catholic Americans support Roe v. Wade. Yes, you read that correctly.
● 82% of 18-29 year olds support Roe v. Wade.
● POC overwhelmingly support Roe v. Wade, including:79% of African Americans, 71% of Latinx, 74% of Asians/Pacific Islanders
Planned Parenthood is America’s most trusted provider in reproductive healthcare and their professionals are dedicated to offer everyone high-quality, affordable medical care. We as citizens, and as women, should be able to decide whether we become a parent. This decision should be left up to those it directly affects, and not politicians and judges.
Roe V. Wade: The Constitutional Right To Access Safe, Legal Abortion. [online] Available at: <https://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/issues/abortion/roe-v-wade> [Accessed 19 October 2020].
Is Trump Really to Blame for the Delay in a Secondary Coronavirus Relief Package?
In the opening statements of this article, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) rated Trump’s latest relief package as “Insufficient”. While I understand the Democratic parties concern for getting the largest sum they can to the American people, a little relief is better than no relief at all. I can account firsthand the difficulties front line workers have to deal with on a daily basis being one myself. We are held to extremely high standards by the customers that use our services and are the first ones blamed when a customer is unsatisfied with the new changes in rules and regulations we are forced to abide by. We have faced budget cuts and had to lay off employees. We also had to somehow find additional funding for PPE to meet new government regulations. This went on for months before any aid was given to our establishment. The aid that was approved and given then I would also call “Insufficient” but at least it was something.
Nancy Pelosi and the democratic party are the ones to blame here. Pelosi from the start of Trump’s election in 2016, voted in fairly by the American people, has fought against him at every turn. Trump has been found innocent during an impeachment trial, multiple scandals, and still they continue to fight him. I believe under the circumstances Trump has accomplished quite a lot. He has continued to push relief aid only to be stopped by Pelosi and other Democrats. Why? Trump is not to blame and the only real solution is for the Democratic party to put their hatred and greed aside and work together like a real team.
Longevity in Voting
On October 28th of this year, Mabel Cook voted in her 15th election. October 28th was the mark of two weeks from her 101st birthday. There have been 18 presidents during her lifetime and she’s voted for 14 of them. According to her, here is who she had voted for all these years. Franklin D. Roosevelt [D], Harry S. Truman [D], Dwight D. Eisenhower [R], John F. Kennedy [D], Lyndon B. Johnson [D], Richard Nixon [R], Gerald Ford [R], Jimmy Carter [D], Ronald Reagan [R], George H. W. Bush [R], Bill Clinton [D], George W. Bush [R], Barack Obama [D], Donald Trump [R].When I first read this article, I thought how wonderful it was to say that you have been a part of 15 elections. That’s a lot of presidents. In the article, she stated that she and her family were Republican, but that she voted for who she thought would be better for the country, it didn’t matter the party. She just wanted one that she thought would take care of the country. Mabel was only 3 months old when the 19th amendment was established. I also think that is crazy. That means her mother wasn’t able to participate in voting until a lil after she had children. It seems like a totally different world. Mabel lived through the Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919, so she was super scared of Covid-19. I think this is sad because she was only two weeks from the time of voting and her birthday. Yes, I believe that she has experienced a long and beautiful life, but living through another pandemic probably wasn’t the best of life she could have chosen. Overall, I loved this story and it made me very happy to see how happy she was to participate in her last election.
Virtual Debate Is a “No Go”
Due to recent news that our president, Donald Trump tested positive to Covid-19, it had been decided that the second presidential debate between Biden and Trump would be postponed to a later date. Originally the debate was to be held on October 15th. However, it is now postponed to October 22nd. Also, it was said it would be a virtual debate for the protection of others since Trump recently tested positive for Covid-19. However, Trump refuses to be a part of a virtual debate. Stating it would be a “waste of time.” Biden supporters and Trump supporters go back and forth arguing the sides of Biden and Trump. Biden supporters argue that President Trump cannot decide just because he is President that the debate cannot go on live and he cannot change the dates either. While Trump supporters are upset about not being able to see the debate happen face-to-face. Trump supporters want nothing more than to see this debate go down between the two, Trump and Biden, face-to-face. Like a normal presidential debate. Feeling as though it’s something that is being taken away from them if it happens virtually instead of face-to-face. Whether you agree with one side or the other, the debates cannot get pushed back any further. The third presidential debate must still go on as well. There needs to be two more debates before the election, which is coming up quickly as well. The election will still take place on the third of November. Meaning, there isn’t too much time. Whether we like it or not, a virtual debate may be the only way. Will Trump do it? Or continue to argue it is a waste of time? Will the debate go his way and be face-to-face, the way it should be? The question remains, we American’s are left unsure. However, what we do know, is how much us American’s are being deeply affected by this virus.
Reference link: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-biden-presidential-debate-schedule-now-in-limbo-amid-fight-over-format-change
Are Families Off Limits or Fair Game in Debates?
Your family and their struggles affect who you are, what you stand for, and what you believe in. Picture in your mind the struggles and experiences that have impacted you the most and then imagine them broadcasted on national television. This is what happened during the first general election debate held on September 29th, 2020. If a situation involving family members pertains to any political issues are they fair to discuss or should their families personal business be protected, their lives off-limits?
Lisa Hagen, a reporter for U.S.News.com, dives into the facts behind the statements aimed at Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, at the debate in her article, “Trump Forces Biden to Defend Hunter Biden’s Record.” Hagen (2020) quotes Trump in her article where he comments “No wonder your son goes in and he takes out billions of dollars. … He makes millions of dollars. What did he do with Burisma to deserve it?” This was in reference to a conflict of interest as Hunter had a paid position as a board member for a Ukrainian natural gas company while Joe Biden was in charge of anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine while Vice president. Hagen (2020) also quotes Trump commenting on even more personal matters, stating that “Hunter got thrown out of the military. He was thrown out, dishonorably discharged for cocaine use. And he didn’t have a job until you became vice president.”
Based on Hagen’s article, the only solid facts presented in both of these statements were Hunter Biden’s struggle with addiction and his dishonorable discharge. Everything else, after further review, was dismissed with no concrete evidence. Bringing family matters into the debate, although used as a tool to point towards corruption in government, resulted only in showcasing a shameful event that had little to do with the debate at hand. To prevent situations like this, there should be an unspoken rule about families: they are off limits.
Trump Forces Biden to Defend Hunter Biden’s Record. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.usnews.com/news/elections/articles/2020-09-29/trump-forces-biden-to-defend-hunter-bidens-record