We’ve seen a lot of interesting times in the past four years, but each one seems to try to outdo the other.
First, Donald Trump decided to defy the Commission on Presidential Debates, which ruled amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic (and the fact that Trump was diagnosed and hospitalized with this highly contagious virus) that the second debate should be held virtually. After his performance in the first debate with his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, was a total disaster, he wanted a face-to-face repeat. I assume he thought he had a better chance of wiping the first debate off the map. This time, he couldn’t pass an executive order to have his way!
We wound up with competing town hall meetings. That didn’t work out too well for Trump, either. The moderator, Savannah Guthrie, was prepared for him and never allowed him to spread unchallenged information. When he said 85% of the people who wear masks actually contract the virus, she called him out, and that wasn’t the end of her corrections.
As for Joe Biden, he was very clear during his town hall event that the American people deserve to be heard, specifically regarding the Supreme Court selection process, which brings us to the second big event of the week.
I listened carefully as the Trump nominee for the high court, Amy Coney Barrett, responded to various questions during confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill. As one who is very concerned about the voting process now underway, I could not believe my ears when she said she could not conclude that voter intimidation was illegal!
She could not give an opinion on Roe v. Wade. As a lawyer and as a woman, I had believed that case was settled law.
She certainly was willing to give her opinion on a felon’s right to own a firearm!
She appeared to be a very intelligent woman until it got to her defense of far-right issues. There, she ran into a stone wall. It was obvious she had no shame about pleasing Trump and the far right.
As a woman, I really wanted to be proud of her, but she left me no choice but to hope that Mr. Biden will level the playing field should he win the presidency by expanding the court! Otherwise, for years to come, we can just give up the rights of women, workers, immigrants, the LGBTQ community, Black, Hispanic and Native people.
If this week didn’t give all of us a reason to vote, we can just forget what happens on Nov. 3 and forget what happens in our lives for years to come. All of these people asking these cutesy questions that sound like they think Trump may be a better choice of a leader than Joe Biden will be getting just what they deserve if their vote — or their refusal to vote — allows this election to be stolen for the most undeserving person the country has known in my lifetime!
Williams is president of the National Congress of Black Women.