The United States presidential election is in 43 days. Here is a summary of the top five political issues making headlines today.
1. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies, Reshaping the Presidential Campaign
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at the age of 87. She was the second woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court and was a brilliant trailblazer for women’s rights. Filling her judicial seat is already a contentious debate and a core issue of the 2020 election.
According to President Trump, the Republicans have an obligation to fill the seat immediately. He wrote on Twitter, “We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices. We have this obligation, without delay!”
Democrats, however, strongly oppose filling the judicial seat during an election year since Senate Republicans refused to appoint President Obama’s Supreme Court pick during the 2016 election year. Republicans refused to call a vote because they believed it was up to the voters to decide during an election year.
2. Early Voting Begins in Four States
Early voting for the 2020 presidential election has begun in Minnesota, Virginia, South Dakota and Wyoming. Over the weekend, both candidates traveled to the swing state of Minnesota to urge voters to get to the polls.
Former Vice-President Biden told a crowd of Minnesotans, “It’s time to take the country back, folks. It’s going to start here, today, with voting in Minnesota.”
3. Green Party Off the Ballot in Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the Green Party’s presidential candidate Howie Hawkins will not appear on the 2020 ballot. Pennsylvania joins Wisconsin as the second battleground state to exclude the Green Party in the presidential election.
The Court’s decision is seen as a win for the democratic party due to the potential of a third-party candidate taking away votes from the democratic party.
4. Trump Administration Takes Aim at TikTok and WeChat
Over the weekend, President Trump announced he would ban the TikTok and WeChat apps from U.S. app stores in order to safeguard the national security of the U.S. However, TikTok struck a tentative last-minute deal between Oracle, Walmart, and President Trump, resulting in the ban being postponed. If the deal goes through, the ban will not take effect.
President Trump told reporters, “I have given the deal my blessing. If they get it done that’s great, if they don’t that’s okay too. I approved the deal in concept.”
The deal rescuing TikTok, consists of the U.S. tech company Oracle joining retail giant Walmart to form a new company called TikTok Global, which will be headquartered in Texas.
5. President Trump Claims Clerical Error was Intentional
President Trump once again made claim of a “rigged election” due to a clerical error in Michigan that listed a Libertarian candidate as his running mate. The Detroit News reports that more than 400 military service members downloaded the incorrect ballot from the state database.
According to President Trump, “the Democrat Trump Hater Secretary of State of Michigan purposely misprinted Ballots for the Military… This was not a mistake, it was done illegally and on purpose.”
The New York Times reports that the issue was not widespread, was quickly remediated, and there is no evidence the error was done intentionally.