Timeline: Presidential candidate Twitter responses to events of 2020

This year, as unprecedented events unfolded one after the other, the two presidential candidates have taken to Twitter to express their views and, in turn, their political opinions and plans for the future. 

2020
First case of Covid-19 in America

The U.S Center for Disease control confirmed the first case of Covid-19 in America, Jan. 20. The first patient was a man living in Washington state who had just returned from traveling to Wuhan, China. Both Donald Trump and Joe Biden first tweeted about the coronavirus soon after.

School closures

On March 13, PUSD closed schools to ensure the safest possible option for students, teachers, and administrators during the worsening pandemic. Public schools across the country all closed within that same month. Donald Trump first shared his opinion via Twitter in May and Joe Biden in July.

George Floyd's Death

George Floyd, a 46 year old Black man, died on May 25 after he was pinned to the ground and suffocated under the knee of a police officer in Minneapolis. His death, which was captured on video by a bystander, sparked outrage across the country. Both Trump and Biden responded to Floyd’s death via Twitter shortly after the video footage surfaced on social media. 

Minneapolis protests

On May 26 2020, the day following George Floyd’s death, protests broke out in Minneapolis to call for an end to police brutality and the arrests of those involved in Floyd’s murder. The protests, which began as peaceful demonstrations, quickly took a violent turn when protestors began looting businesses and buildings were set afire.

California Wildfires

For residents of California, due to a variety of different environmental factors, this year has seen the biggest wildfires in the history of the state. More than 4,317,646 acres have been burned in total, and more than 90,000 state residents have been evacuated.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Passing

On Sept. 18 2020, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died due to complications from pancreatic cancer. That night, both Biden and Trump took to Twitter to deliver their condolences and praise of Ginsburg’s accomplishments.

Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett

Trump announces his nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court eight days after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. He and Biden both share their opinion via Twitter.

First Presidential Debate

The first presidential debate of 2020 was moderated by Chris Wallace, in Cleveland, Ohio. Both candidates had staff tweet from their accounts throughout the hour and a half debate. For both campaigns, it was a chance to sway voters and explain policies to the millions of listeners tuning, and even afterwards, both Biden and Trump tried to capitalize on momentum.

Trump contracts COVID-19

President Donald Trump announced that he and his wife had tested positive for COVID-19, Oct. 1. Joe Biden offered his support the following day.

Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed

Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed by the Senate on Oct. 26 as 115th Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court.