Welcome to the world’s most high-stakes Choose Your Own Adventure.
With over 6,000,000 cases and more than 200,000 deaths, health experts, economists, business leaders, and common sense have all made it clear: Getting the virus under control, as other countries have done, is the single most important job of the next president. Here’s how the candidates propose to do that.
“An effective plan to beat the virus is the ultimate answer to how we get our economy back on track. So we should stop thinking of the health and economic responses as separate. They are not.”
- Enacting a universal mask mandate
- Funding faster development of treatments and vaccines
- Creating a national testing and tracing strategy that includes free, rapid Covid tests for everyone who wants one
- Providing more Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) for health care workers
- Providing an extra $600/week of unemployment insurance for the duration of the pandemic
- Funding state and local governments enough to protect the jobs of teachers, health care workers, and first responders
- Enacting a moratorium on evictions
“I think what happens is it’s going to go away. This is going to go away.”
- Pushing children to go back to school, employees to go back to work, and athletes to play sports while the virus spreads uncontrolled
- Telling his “people” to “slow down” the testing
- Waiting until 135,000 Americans died before wearing a mask in public
- Threatening to withhold life-saving medical equipment from states with governors who aren’t nice enough to him
- Throwing out the pandemic playbook left by the Obama Administration
- Being a dick to Dr. Fauci
- Promoting treatments hydroxychloroquine despite evidence that it’s unsafe
- Literally suggesting people inject disinfectant into their bodies. That actually happened.
- Promoting COVID medical advice from a “doctor” who believes that some gynecological problems are caused by people having sex with demons. That actually happened, too.
Maybe it’s the medical bills. Maybe it’s the cost of prescription drugs. Maybe it’s the catastrophic global pandemic that shuttered an entire country and put your life and the lives of your loved ones in peril. Whatever it is, you get how important health care is. Here’s how each candidate would approach the issue.
“I believe deeply that healthcare is a right for all – not a privilege for the few.”
- Putting in place a Medicare-like public insurance plan for Americans who don’t like or cannot afford private insurance plans.
- Making sure low-income Americans would not pay premiums for this public plan
- Making sure no American pays more than 8.5% of their income on insurance premiums
- Bringing down the cost of prescription drugs by allowing Medicare to negotiate directly with drug manufacturers
- Capping out-of-pocket drug costs for seniors
- Preserving all protections laid out in Obamacare, including coverage for pre-existing conditions
“We want to terminate health care under Obamacare because it's bad.” Also LOL: “Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.”
- Eliminating health insurance for more than 20 million Americans
- Allowing insurance companies to drop or deny coverage for people with pre-existing conditions
- Eliminating a provision that allows young people to stay on their parents’ insurance until they’re 26
- Allowing insurance companies to cap the amount of benefits you can use
- Gutting Medicare and Medicaid
- Doing all of this in the middle of a pandemic
The economy is, as the experts say, in the shitter. The pandemic has shuttered countless businesses and put millions out of work. And even before the pandemic, economic inequality had reached levels not seen since right before the Great Depression. How the government responds in the next few months and years will determine whether our economy climbs out of this stronger, or never. Here’s how each candidate plans to bring back America’s economy.
“We need to be working right now on the conditions under which our economy will operate as America gets back to work, and ensuring that the financial support our families and small businesses will need is fully in place.”
- Making sure that businesses forced to close because of the pandemic can keep their workers without cutting pay or benefits
- Establishing a $15 minimum wage and provide premium pay to all essential workers
- Making sure at least half of all small business relief funding goes to businesses in vulnerable communities, like restaurants and not hedge funds.
- Authorizing more generous loans to small businesses to cover payroll as well as fixed costs, like rent and utilities
- Checking the abuse of corporate power over labor and hold corporate executives personally accountable for violations of labor laws
- Incentivizing unionization and collective bargaining to help workers secure the protections and benefits they’ve earned
- Increasing the supply, lower the cost, and improve the quality of housing with investments in resilience, energy efficiency, and accessibility of homes.
- Investing $1.3 trillion in U.S. public infrastructure, like roads, bridges, broadband, etc.
- Allowing not one drop of Malarkey
“I’m not saying anything is perfect, and yes, will some people be affected, yes, will some people be affected badly—yes, but we have to get our country open and we have to get it open soon.”
- Giving a massive tax cut for corporations and the wealthy, giving the richest 1% of taxpayers a $50,000 tax break — 75 times larger than the average tax cut for the bottom 80% of taxpayers.
- Launching a trade war with China, resulting in thousands of job losses and increased prices on household items for everyday Americans
- Stalling on a coronavirus relief package that would provide another round of $1200 stimulus checks and renew unemployment benefits to people that need it most
- Rushing state economies to reopen in unsafe conditions, putting workers’ lives in danger
- Putting the producer of Suicide Squad in charge of the Treasury Department
To get ahead in this country, you need an education. Everyone tells you that. In fact, roughly 6 out of 10 jobs require more than a high school diploma. But no one likes to talk up how much money it takes to get that education. Probably because it COSTS A LOT. From kindergarten through college, America’s worst kept secret is just how high the price of getting ahead can be. Giving young people an actual shot at a middle class life regardless of race, income, or zip code will require a comprehensive plan from our next president. Here’s how the candidates’ visions compare.
“We need to provide the best education for all our children ... it’s much more than about education. It's about social equality, economic opportunity, concentration of wealth, about the belief and the possibilities of every child in America.“
- Providing free community college for two years
- Providing Tuition-free four-year public colleges and universities for students with family incomes below $125,000
- Enacting Student loan forgiveness for national or community service
- Triple-funding schools serving low-income students.
- Closing the funding gap between white and non-white school districts & improve teacher diversity
- Providing universal, high quality Pre-K for all three and four year olds
“Private school choice will rescue [American] students.”
- Giving a $5 billion tax break to support private school tuition and other expenses for education
- Replacing funding for at least 29 education programs for $19 billion in single block grants to states
- Increasing funding for school vouchers programs that would undercut funding and resources for public schools
- Eliminating programs that support English-language learners, children experiencing homelessness, rural communities, and students in foster care or juvenile justice systems
This November, you get to choose what role our country should hold in the world: Should we restore American leadership and values? Or continue down this path as a more insular, authoritarian regime that allows countries like China and Russia to lead the world? Choose your own adventure! Here’s how each candidate wants to approach American foreign policy.
“As president, I will take immediate steps to renew U.S. democracy and alliances, protect the United States’ economic future, and once more have America lead the world.”
- Ending “forever” wars by bringing all troops home from Afghanistan and ending support for a Saudi-led war in Yemen
- Terminating the Muslim travel ban, reverse Trump’s anti-asylum policies
- Reaffirming the ban on torture and restore greater transparency in our military operations
- Organizing and host a global Summit for Democracy to renew the spirit and shared purpose of our allies
- Re-entering both the Paris Climate Accord and the Iran nuclear deal
- Working with Israel and the Palestinian authority to keep a negotiated two-state outcome alive while discouraging unilateral annexation of territory or settlement activity
- Putting smart, qualified people in key roles, not his unqualified son-in-law or Twitter trolls
- Holding China accountable by renegotiating trade deals that support American labor and help countries unite to prevent China from setting the rules of the road on trade
- Increasing cybersecurity measures to protect American elections from foreign interference
“The world is laughing at us.”
- Doing whatever Russia’s Vladimir Putin wants
- Withdrawing the U.S. from leadership roles in international alliances, including the UN and NATO
- Sending more troops to Afghanistan despite promises to conduct peace negotiations
- Escalating a trade war and increase tariffs on U.S. goods in an attempt to “win” an economic war with China
- Allowing destabilizing measures in the Middle East by escalating tensions with Iran and promoting annexation and settlement activity in Palestinian territory
- Obsessing over a weird love letter with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un while he expands his nuclear arsenal and ballistic missile program
- Pulling out of nuclear non-proliferation treaties with Iran and Russia, threatening a nuclear arms race
- Disregarding the warnings of U.S. intelligence regarding foreign interference in U.S. elections
- Putting Jared Kushner, who bought his way into Harvard and proceeded to learn nothing, in charge of Middle East Peace
Clean air. Clean water. Clean bill of health. A planet we can live on. Simple pleasures, you know? All of them are at risk because of climate change. Science says that if world leaders fail to act now, it may be too late to meaningfully address the consequences of climate change, which could displace millions of people as their homes and countries become inhabitable. No pressure. For future generations, the next president will have to take bold steps to protect ourselves and the planet we live on. Here’s how each candidate plans to deal with the challenge.
“The United States must lead the world to take on the existential threat we face—climate change.”
- Rejoining the Paris Climate Accord that unites countries in a global effort to reduce carbon emissions
- Ensuring the US is on track for a 100% clean energy economy and reaches net zero emissions before 2050.
- Taking action against corporate polluters, like fossil fuel companies, who knowingly harm the environment; poison community air, land, and water; or conceal information regarding potential risks to the environment and health
- Helping industrial workers transition to jobs in a sustainable economy
- Making historic investments in a clean energy economy by rolling back Trump tax incentives that enrich corporations
“Brutal and Extended Cold Blast could shatter ALL RECORDS - Whatever happened to Global Warming?”
- Withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, an international agreement signed by over 200 countries to commit to curbing greenhouse gas emissions
- Opening protected lands and waters to oil and gas drilling, including loosening offshore drilling safety regulations implemented after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill
- Rescinding nearly 100 environmental rules that monitor pollution and ensure Americans have access to clean air and water
- Proposing budgets to slash funding for the Environmental Protection Agency by nearly a third
- Pushing for more oil pipelines like the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Keystone XL
- Asking a piece of coal to be his next wife
Criminal Justice Reform
America’s racist history lives in our policy, and its consequences. As the murders of so many black men and women have shown us over and over again, racial profiling and police brutality inflict a disproportionate violence on black and brown communities. Mass incarceration has led to the overrepresentation of black and brown people in America’s criminal justice system, giving the country the highest incarceration rate in the world. What’s more, this behavior reinforces societal stereotypes that allow racist policies to continue. The majority of Americans agree that the system needs to be reformed, and while some progress has been made, there is still a lot of work to do. Here’s how each candidate would reform our criminal justice system.
“Equality, equity, justice – these ideas form the American creed. We have never lived up to it and we haven’t always gotten it right, but we’ve never stopped trying.”
- Restore and enhance the DOJ’s role to conduct pattern-or-practice investigations into police and prosecutorial misconduct
- Fund initiatives with social workers, disability advocates, and mental health & substance abuse experts to create roles that respond to calls with police and train officers to de-escalate interactions
- Create a $20 billion competitive grant program to spur states to shift from incarceration to prevention.
- Expand and use the power of the Justice Department to address systemic misconduct in police departments and prosecutors’ offices.
- Eliminate mandatory minimums and end the federal crack and powder cocaine disparity.
- Decriminalize the use of cannabis and automatically expunge all prior cannabis use convictions.
- Eliminate the death penalty and the practice of solitary confinement and focus on ensuring humane prison conditions.
- Eliminate private prisons.
- Ensure formerly incarcerated individuals have housing upon reentry, and eliminate barriers keeping formerly incarcerated individuals from accessing public assistance such as SNAP, Pell grants, and housing support.
“Without me, you don’t have criminal justice reform.”
- Reinstated Department of Justice contracts with private prisons.
- Seeks to eliminate Department of Justice community policing program grants
- Instructed federal prosecutors to return to charging mandatory minimum sentences for low-level, nonviolent drug offenses.
- Encouraged cops to rough up suspects during arrests
- Ended Obama-era reforms to the Federal Bureau of Prisons designed to institute federal prison education systems.
- Supports a return to the racist “stop-and-frisk” policing strategy.
- Seeks to reinstate the federal death penalty.
When you learn that guns kill or injure 300 people in America every day, that whole “you can pry my gun out of my cold, dead hands” hits a little different, does it not? From mass shootings to to domestic abuse to suicide, gun accessibility has made gun violence a problem that affects millions. Over the last several years,rampant gun violence throughout the country has increased pressure on lawmakers to take action, so each candidate has put forward very different plans on how (and whether) to address gun violence. Take a look:
“NRA, I’m coming for you, and gun manufacturers, I’m gonna take you on and I’m gonna beat you.”
- Repeal liability protections to hold gun manufacturers accountable.
- Re-institute ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines and ban the importation of assault weapons.
- Require background checks for all gun sales and close background check loopholes.
- End the online sale of firearms and ammunition.
- Protect domestic violence victims by closing the ‘boyfriend loophole’ and ‘stalking loophole’ to prohibit all individuals convicted of assault, battery, or stalking from purchasing or possessing firearms.
- Adequately fund the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s public health research on gun violence.
“I have the endorsement of the NRA which I’m very proud of, these are very, very good people and they’re protecting the Second Amendment.”
- Refused to expand background checks or close background check loopholes, and stated that background checks would only penalize lawful gun owners.
- Stated he would like to “get rid of gun-free zones in schools and on military bases”
- Refused to fund CDC research into gun violence, preventing the U.S. from evaluating the crisis with facts and scientific data.
- Accepted over $30 million dollars from the National Rifle Association to fund his presidential campaign.
- Won’t stop asking “are you here for the gun show?” and flexing
- Failed to support legislation requiring background checks at gun shows and on internet sites, and legislation extending the purchase waiting period
Voting Rights & Election Reform
The right to vote is now something you will be voting on this year. How meta! In theory, voting should be apolitical, but in the last two decades, Republicans have been messing with the law, the protections - even the Post office - to make it harder for you to vote especially if you’re young, Black, brown, indigenous, LGBTQ+, live in an urban area, You get it. It is vital that the next president take steps to secure our elections and restore voting rights for the disenfranchised. Here’s what each candidate would do.
“We have to make it easier for everybody to be able to vote, particularly in the circumstances we are in now...it’s going to require us to provide money for states and insist they provide mail-in ballots.”
- Enforce voting laws and restore the Voting Rights Act.
- Provide funding for states to implement safe vote-by-mail options ahead of the 2020 election.
- Introduce a constitutional amendment that eliminates private dollars from federal elections.
- Enact legislation to provide matching public funds for federal candidates receiving small-dollar donations.
- Support overturning the Citizens United and ending dark money funding groups.
- Incentivise states to restore voting rights for individuals convicted of felonies once they have completed their sentences.
Regarding vote by mail proposals: “They had levels of voting that if you ever agreed to it, you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again.”
- Advocated for restrictive voter ID laws across the country.
- Sued states in order to force them to purge voter rolls.
- Appointed Kris Kobach, subject of multiple ACLU lawsuits over voter suppression as Kansas Secretary of State, to oversee a “Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity” that would collect voter data that could be used to suppress voting.
- Regularly attacked electoral institutions, making baseless claims accusing “millions of people voting illegally”
- Vigorously complains that his American Idol vote should count twice and that Simon Cowell rigged it against him
- Refused to support nationwide vote-by-mail efforts in light of the coronavirus pandemic, falsely claiming that voting by mail has “tremendous potential for fraud” and that “if you ever agreed to it, you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again.”
Did you know the Statue of Liberty stands as a symbol to the value of immigration? How quaint for us. It’d be cool if we lived up to it. Immigrants come to our shores to create a better life and contribute so much to this country.. They boost the economy, enhance cultures, and spur innovation (we see you Google!). But the American immigration system has long been a broken and complex set of laws and processes that lawmakers from both parties once believed was important to reform. Unfortunately immigration has now become a political and xenophobic football that the next president will have to navigate to solve. Both candidates believe we need to fix our immigration system, but have very different approaches. Here’s how their plans compare.
“Immigration is essential to who we are as a nation, our core values, and our aspirations for our future. The United States deserves an immigration policy that reflects our highest values as a nation.”
- Reverse President Trump’s child separation policies.
- Provide a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented Americans
- Reinstate DACA and ensure that Dreamers are eligible for federal student aid.
- Reverse the “travel bans” and refugee bans and reassert America’s commitment to asylum-seekers and refugees.
- End Donald Trump’s immigrant ‘wealth test’.
- Restore the naturalization process for green card holders and reform the temporary visa system.
- End for-profit detention centers.
“We have people coming into the country or trying to come in, we’re stopping a lot of them, but we’re taking people out of the country. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are...these aren’t people. These are animals”
- Put kids in cages
- Implemented a “travel ban” halting travel from foreign nationals and entrance of Syrian refugees from majority Muslim countries.
- Slashed refugee resettlement admission number from 110,000 to 18,000–proposing setting the cap at zero.
- Put C+ Santa Monica Fascist Stephen Miller in charge of his immigration policy
- Attempted to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which would leave more than 700,000 young adults vulnerable to deportation.
- Implemented a ‘zero tolerance’ policy for border crossings, permitting federal authorities to separate children from their families and jail them in detention centers.
- Refused Melania Trump’s request to be deported back to Slovenia
- Imposed a ‘wealth test’ for immigrants with legal status, requiring immigrants and their families to prove they are wealthy enough to never need government assistance.
- Created a “denaturalization task force” to allow the Department of Justice to strip citizenship from naturalized citizens.
Pop quiz: Name a law or policy that regulates what a man does with his body. Yeah, exactly! Reproductive rights are about how women and families choose to manage their health and their futures. Those decisions are between them and their doctor, and taking away that right to choose is forcing an unwanted pregnancy on a woman or a family in a way that will impact her health or well-being. What’s more, efforts to undercut access to reproductive health care disproportionately impact low-income women and women of color. The next president will play a critical role in determining the future of reproductive rights in this country. Here’s what each candidate would do on reproductive rights in the United States.
“I will send to the United States Congress, and it will pass I believe, a bill that legislates Roe v. Wade...It’s a woman’s right to do that. Period.”
- Expand the Affordable Care Act and provide Americans with a public option that covers contraception and respects a woman’s constitutional right to choose.
- Codify Roe v. Wade and fight state laws that violate the constitutional right to abortion.
- Repeal the Hyde Amendment that prevents low-income women from accessing abortion.
- Restore federal funding for Planned Parenthood and reverse Trump gag rule that bars Planned Parenthood and other family planning programs from receiving Title X funding.
- Reduce high maternal mortality rate, which disproportionately affects black women.
- Rescind the ‘global gag rule’ that bars the federal government from supporting global health efforts for providing information on abortion services.
“If we put another two or perhaps three justices on, [overturning Roe v. Wade] will happen. And that will happen automatically, in my opinion, because I am putting pro-life justices on the court.“
- Reinstated and expanded a global gag rule, forcing foreign nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to withhold comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care in exchange for U.S. global health assistance.
- Issued a domestic gag rule, banning Title X health providers (such as Planned Parenthood) from discussing certain health options with their patients, including abortion — keeping up to 4 million individuals from accessing affordable birth control, STI testing, cancer screenings and more.
- Nominated more than 150 anti-choice judges for lifetime appointments.
- Stated that women who receive abortions should face “some form of punishment”
- Advocated for policies that would allow healthcare workers to deny healthcare based on their personal and religious beliefs.
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