The Year 2020: Trump’s impeachment, COVID-19 response and Biden’s election win

President Trump was acquitted by the Senate of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. His administration grappled with the virus during a record-breaking election.
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Make America great again. Again. The fourth and final year of trump's presidency. Pivot at moments in a polarized America. Americans want law and order. Some of them don't even know that's what they want, but that's what they want. And an unprecedented test of our democracy. I voted for a guy named trump. Trump's last year in office was an episode of "Veep" that you'd be like, okay, this is not realistic. It's more like a billiard game where he's the cue ball, and he smashes into the different balls every morning. 2020. Wild, surreal, exhausting and frankly, we're not done yet. Trump began the year impeached in the house. Facing trial in the senate. Accused of abuse of power to further his re-election chances and obstruction of congress. Do you solemnly swear you will do impartial justice? A constitutional clash on capitol hill. We're living in the age of impeachment. If the truth doesn't matter, we're lost. Acquitted after a fast and furious debate. Today, no more mysteries. Every single Democrat will vote to convict the president. Every single Republican, save one, will vote to acquit the president. What the president did was wrong. Grievously wrong. But his is what the end result is. That's right. Trump was acquitted today and then he called up Ukraine a said, "Now where were we?" But in the shadow of impeachment, the relationship with congressional Democrats was broken. I mean, what relationship? They haven't sin more than a year. Nancy Pelosi, after the president's state of the union address, she rips up his address. That pretty much tells you everything you need to know. The year marked by a series of explosive accusations. From his former national security adviser -- I don't think he's fit for office. Even his own niece -- if you were in the oval office today, what would you say to him? Resign. Battered by bombshells, defiant in the face of controversy. President trump tonight pushing back against an explosive report. T bombshell report alleging that he made offensive comments about the military. Bombshell report about the president's taxes. Part of his brand is, I'm unscrupulous, I'm dishonest, and I'm a bit of a jerk, but I'm your jerk. Trump did deliver on some key promises. Judge Amy coney Barrett. I'm truly humbled. Republicans rushed through the president's pick to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat. They will set policy for 50 years. To have a president appoint three justices to the united States supreme court in their first term is unprecedented. Trump's leadership continually questioned in times of crisis. You have to dominate the streets. Confronted by a nation pulsing with anger, calling for equality, and crying out for justice. The commander in chief issued this stark and stunning ultimatum -- If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the united States military and quickly solve the problem for them. Delivering that divisive speech, minutes before one of the year's most shocking moments, now seared into the national memory. Under orders for the attorney general, U.S. Park and other law enforcement forcibly removed peaceful protesters exercising their first amendment right steps from the white house so the president could have a photo-op in front of historic St. John's E pis St. John's ecopal church, brandishing a bible. Is that your bible? The image of Donald Trump standing there in front of St. John's church holding a bible, but never opening it, never reading from it, is a defining image of the trump presidency. But the crisis that would consume the trump presidency -- that issue on so many of our minds, coronavirus. It's not a question of if, but when. Does that worry you? No. No, because we're ready for it. One of many falsehoods to come from the white house podium. This is a flu. This is like a flu. This is going away. It's going to go away. Trump admitted to deliberately downplayed the deadly virus. I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down because I don't want to create a panic. Why did you lie to the American people? Such a terrible question. I didn't lie. It was deeply damaging and destructive, a war on truth. He called himself a wartime president. It's a medical war. But took on the role on cheerleader in chief. Optimistic, unrealistic, at times, dangerous. I see the disinfectant. Where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning. Just look at Dr. Birx's face. If keeps up, she's going to start wearing five more scarves. Often at odds with members of his own task force. Easter is our timeline. You don't make the timeline. The virus makes the timeline. Do you know the metrics that you will make this decision? The metrics are right here. That's my metrics. I think baby yoda would have done a better job. If anything, we've done a catastrophic job. Operation warp speed, it appears he got very right, and that would not have happened without his leadership. He wore a mask in public for the first time 99 days after the CDC first recommended their use. The president's situation is very different. He's kept in a very protected bubble there. We are interrupting our normal programming. President trump and the first lady have tested positive for the coronavirus. Even after being hospitalized, the president tried to project an image of strength. His misinformation campaign picked up right where he left off. Now they say I'm immune. I can feel -- I feel so powerful. I've seen what happen to president trump, I've seen how he healed so quickly and I think that's what's in front of us. Trump basically said, "Listehis is an easy thing to get overcome, I did it." Yeah, you got experimental drugs, so it is not easy to get over coronavirus. When asked about the virus' deadly and devastating toll -- does it make you think, is there anything I could have done differently? I think we could have had 2 million deaths if we didn't close out the country. So you regret nothing? No, I think we did a great job. But that was up to the American people to decide. Hello, Pennsylvania. A roster of 28 democratic candidates, whittled down to 15. The beginning of the end for Donald Trump. And we're jtting started. We're in this for the long haul. And then there were two. A race unlike any other we've seen. The campaign trail went dark in the age of covid. The result -- a tale of two campaigns. Democrats holding their convention virtually. Republicans gathering at the white house. Trump staged a return to the trail, reveling in the crowds as covid ravaged the country. Biden stuck to virtual events. Am I on? Hey, good evening, Tampa. Trading packed crowds for packed parking lots. Hello, Pittsburgh! The former vp running on a core message of unity. I'll govern for everyone who voted for me as well as against me. Trump, the politics of fear. If you want to protect your family and your loved ones, you must vote Republican in 2020. Fighting and failing to outrun the covid crisis, in a covid election. Covid, covid, covid, covid. We're rounding the curve. He's rounding the bend. Their debates, almost unwatchable. Why wouldn't you answer that question? Would you shut up man? Everybody knows he's a liar. So, let's now welcome the democratic candidate. Boo, here comes the booing. Former vice president of the United States. Allegedly. And senator from Delaware. Not even a real state For months, trump laid the groundwork to question a defeat. Crusading against mail-in voting. Making these false claims -- I think mail-in voting is going to rig the election. You'll never know who the winner is, but the winner's going to be me. And going where no president has gone before -- refusing to answer this basic question. Will you commit to making sure that there is a peaceful transfederal of power after the election? Well, we're going to have to see what happens. The historic election saw record-breaking turnout. Unprecedented mail in voting, a days-long count. A police country, a split election, not decided at 1:29 A.M. On Wednesday, November 4th. Welcome to day five of what has apparently become election week. How many days ago? We are still going, folks. We can say that Joe Biden is on track to be the next president. The people of this nation has spoken. Kamala Harris shattered the glass ceiling. While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last. In a last grasp for power, trump refused to concede. Stonewalling the transition. Fighting to overturn the election he lost. Did you really expect him to come out and say, "I concede the election." Did anybody expect him to say that? No. Four years of tumult, assaults on the truth, coming to a close. He had the second highest number of votes ever. I think it shows that the American people liked the results that our country received under president trump. Certainly he has invigorated a larger part of the American electorate to believe that they can be heard. Time will tell exactly what his legacy will be, but for sure, he is going to be one of the most controversial presidents in our history. And America's 46th President-Elect now preparing to lead a divided nation.

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