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Biden vs. Trump: Let their tweets tell the story

By Amanda Menas

To understand the chasm that separates the presidential candidates, just scan their Twitter accounts. Tweets by President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden on the same topic show the profound difference in their views of what America should be, and the role of the U.S. President.

By using the new NEA Candidate Comparison tool, you can see an in-depth look at what the candidates are saying, in their own words, about major topics impacting educators, students, and school communities. Here are just a few ways Biden and Trump have responded to the biggest events of the last four years:

ECONOMY

With Donald Trump refusing to commit to COVID-19 relief aid, nearly 26 percent of America’s workforce has lost their jobs, and the U.S. reports the worst economic drop on record. He has left educators and students without a plan to safely reopen schools or kickstart the economy as the pandemic continues to take hold of the country. Biden has worked with scientists, educators, and economists to bring the newly unemployed Americans back to work.

Biden has a plan

Trump says COVID is good for economy

HEALTHCARE

The Affordable Care Act, signed into law by President Obama in 2010, expanded coverage to more than 20 million previously uninsured Americans and dramatically reduced the number of uninsured children. Trump and GOP leaders have made numerous attempts to repeal the ACA, but offer no vision for a health care system of their own making.

Biden believes everyone should have access to healthcare

Trump makes empty promises

 

REOPENING SCHOOLS

Educators, parents, and students alike long to return to in-person learning. But the Trump administration offered no comprehensive plan or infusion of federal resources for the personal protective equipment, space for socially distanced instruction, and vast improvements in education equity needed to return to school safely.

Biden understands that schools need resources now more than ever

Trump tells schools to open, or else

 

VOUCHERS

The Supreme Court’s extremist decision in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue opens the door to schemes that funnel taxpayer dollars to religious and private schools. Betsy DeVos approves, NEA does not.

Biden opposes vouchers

Trump says vouchers reign, even during a pandemic

 

CHARLOTTESVILLE PROTEST

In August 2017, white nationalists descended on Charlottesville, Va., In their wake, one counter-protester advocating for racial equality was dead, many more injured, and the community left traumatized. President Donald Trump infamously told the press that there were “very fine people, on both sides.”

Biden proposes systemic investments to ensure racial equity

Trump insists he is the “least racist person”

 

DACA

The U.S. Supreme Court put at least a temporary stop to the Trump administration’s ill-conceived attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects undocumented individuals brought to the U.S. as children. Among the hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients keeping the country running during the coronavirus pandemic are an estimated 15,000 “DACAmented” educators.

Biden respects immigrants and supports pathways to citizenship

Trump supports a shorter table and a big wall

 

RACIAL EQUALITY PROTESTS

The killing of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer sparked massive nationwide Black Lives Matter protests.

Biden sees a “national reckoning on racial justice”

Trump ignores systemic racism

The following Tweet was removed by Twitter for glorification of violence:

For a full look at the NEA Candidate Comparison which discusses other issues such as class size, early education, and each candidate’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit StrongPublicSchools.org.

 

3 responses to “Biden vs. Trump: Let their tweets tell the story

  1. It is a matter of policy and not what one says or how one says it. The policy has failed. South Korea identified its first COVID19 case one day before the US did. South Korea 444 deaths, the United States 220,000 COVID19 deaths and cases rising. The US economy is failing for tens of millions, mothers are falling out of the workforce, people have burned through savings, taken on more credit card debt, ruined their credit. The choice is clear; status quo or a competent leader who maintains stability, not chaos.

  2. Iam scared to death that pre-existing conditions will leave me uninsured. Iam a 51 year old female that has had 3 open heart surgeries (one that provided me with a mechanical aortic valve which requires me to take a blood thinner and requires constant medical attention) iam also asthmatic since the age of two, I have hypothyroidism and gastric enteritis. I had to have a hysterectomy in my 30’s due to ovarian cyst. I’ve been on a ventilator more times than I can remember and two years ago I had Sepsis and I was on a ventilator for 6 days. I had to learn how to walk and eat again and was lucky that I did not lose my cognitive function. There are so many more reasons I could list but the bottom line is that if I get stripped of my health care benefits (Medicare and Medicaid) I might as well start planning my own funeral. Just the cost of the drugs I take to keep me alive would leave me penniless let alone a trip to the hospital which could be thousands of dollars. I love this country and iam deeply indebted to all the hard working people who pay into it for keeping me alive. God bless the UNITED STATES of America

  3. These are only some of the many reasons why I gave my vote to Joe Biden. A candidate who cares, supports, and believes in democracy for every individual in the United States of America. We need a President who respects and embraces diversity, believes in Science, and most importantly rebuild America! 🇺🇸🙏🏼

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