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Summary of Differences

 

DONALD TRUMP

 

JOE BIDEN

Health

Rather than putting in place a national response to COVID-19, President Trump ignored his own cabinet (1), saying "it will just go away" (2) and “I think testing is overrated”. Trump has also attempted (3) to repeal the ACA several times, but has never been able to produce a replacement plan that would not dramatically increase premiums, and cut coverage rates. 
 
Biden's COVID-19 response plan (4) ensures that no individual would need to pay for COVID-19 testing, treatment, or any eventual vaccine; will expand Emergency Unemployment Compensation (5); and will release federal guidelines. The Biden Campaign has vowed to build on the ACA, institute a public option, and lower the eligible age of Medicare to 60 (6).

Immigration

Trump has significantly clamped down on legal immigration and asylum seeking. The 2018 “zero-tolerance” policy separated approximately 5,500 migrant children (7) from their parents. At least seven of these children died in custody due to poor conditions. Only 93 miles (8) of wall had been built so far, and 90+ miles of that replaced existing structures. 
 
Biden will focus deportation capacities on immigrants who have committed serious crimes, and will not use for-profit detention centers. Biden intends to honor asylum agreements and admit 125,000 (9) refugees annually. Biden released a plan for Central America which promises $4 billion (10) to address the issues that are leading to mass migrations to the U.S.

Climate

Trump has moved (11) to withdraw from the Paris Agreement (12), losing America its spot at the negotiating table,  while the other 189 countries remake the global green economy. He also removed the safety regulations (13) implemented to prevent oil spills like the BP Gulf Disaster (14), and repealed environmental programs popular (15) with companies and investors.
 
Biden will invest $1.7 trillion dollars (16) over 4 years to create the 10 million jobs necessary to reach a 100% clean energy economy, and net-zero emissions by the year 2050. His proposal centers on building an economy for the future, with an "inclusive middle class enjoyed by communities across the country, not just in cities along the coasts"(17).

Jobs

The Congressional Research Service (18) found that Trump's signature legislative achievement—the TCJA—slowed economic growth, will cost taxpayers $1.9 trillion, and largely benefited the ultra-wealthy. While Trump began a trade war to end “unfair trade practices” with China, American consumers are bearing the brunt of the added costs (19).
 
Joe Biden wants a pro-growth, progressive tax code (20), under which 93% of tax increases would be borne by taxpayers earning $170,000+ a year. While re-establishing relations (21) with our allies, Biden hopes to boost American production with a $700 billion (22) procurement to purchase U.S.-made products and invest in technological research. 

Gender

Under Trump multiple departments have announced (23) they will not enforce regulations banning discrimination based on gender identity. One-third (24) of Trump's life-long judicial picks have explicitly anti-LGBT records, and some belong to organizations the SPLC (25) has designated as hate groups. 
 
If elected, Biden would enact the Equality Act,  (26) which will “guarantee that LGBTQ+ individuals are protected under existing civil rights laws."  Biden will help women enter the workforce by instituting universal pre-k (27). He will federally ban (28) conversion therapy and those convicted of a hate crime from purchasing (29) a firearm.

Race

Trump has run (30) on a campaign of racial division, and refused to disavow purveyors of hate. After the death of a protester in Charlottesville, Trump called Neo-Nazis “very fine people”(31), and has retweeted (32) 145+ accounts pushing conspiracy or racist content. Trump proposed a 100% cut for the Office of Environmental Justice (33). 
 



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Snapshot of Trump's Last Four Years

Immigration: Trump's travel ban denied (1) visas to citizens of seven countries with majority-Muslim populations; he attempted to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA), which protects nearly 700,000 (2) young adults who were brought to the U.S. at the avg. age (3) of 7. His “zero-tolerance” immigration policy led to the separation of more than 2,800 (4) migrant families --separations that have continued (5) two years after he claims they ended. Moreover, his "remain in Mexico" (6). policy (MPP) has forced more than 60,000 (7) Central American migrants requesting asylum to return to Mexico for indefinite amounts of time, violating (8) U.S. and international law, and exacerbating a "humanitarian and national security border crisis" (9). 

Climate, Energy, & Environment: Trump is reversing more than one hundred (10) major climate & environmental policies, such as the landmark Clean Power Plan (11). He withdrew (12) the U.S. from the international Paris Agreement (13) on climate change, rather than honoring our pact to reduce emissions. Trump has been the only (14) president in U.S. history to strip protections from more acres of land than he’s protected; he has scrapped (15) many policies protecting U.S. Oceans & the Great Lakes, and has allowed (16) offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all federally-owned lands. The Trump administration weakened (17) the enforcement of many basic environmental protections in "the single biggest giveaway to polluters in the past 40 years"(18).

Taxes, Jobs, & Economy: By April 2020, the U.S. unemployment rate had jumped by 10.3% (19); the IMF predicts U.S. economic output to drop 5.9% (20) by the end of 2020. National debt has risen by $4 trillion (21) from January 2017 to April 2020, and Trump's trademark Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (22) is projected (23) to cost the federal government an additional $1.5 trillion (24) between 2023 and 2030, while selectively (25) benefiting corporations, banks, & Americans earning more than 95% of the population. The economic confrontation between the U.S. & China since mid-2018 has led to several (26) rounds of retaliatory tariffs & trade restrictions which are linked (27) to U.S. employment reductions, reduced economic growth, lower wages, and are projected (28) to result in a $80 billion tax increase.

Health: Currently, the national uninsured rate is rising (29), and healthcare costs are increasing (30). Trump promised (31) to repeal the ACA (32), yet he hasn't come up with a replacement idea that wouldn't increase (33) premiums and reduce (34) coverage options. The White House has had a consistently unorganized response (35) to the Covid-19 pandemic; Trump ignored warnings (36) from of his own administration, and promoted (37) lethal cures like drinking bleach. During the pandemic, his administration slashed (38) CDC funding (24), withdrew (39) from the World Health Organization, and stopped (40) funding 13 federally-run testing sites just as new Covid-19 cases were peaking. 

Gender: Trump revoked (41) the 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Act (42), which mandated (43) wage transparency & the reporting of sexual-harassment cases from large companies. He has dismantled (44) reproductive health services, enacted major spending cuts, (45) and hurt (46) other programs & organizations designed to support women. The Trump Administration has systematically reinstated discrimination against transgender Americans reversing (47) the Justice Department’s ruling on protection for transgender people under the Civil Rights Act (48). This allows (49) employers to legally discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender-identity, and has threatened (50) access to healthcare and social services such as homeless shelters for transgender Americans. 

Race: Trump revoked (51) a series of rules enacted by the Obama administration to help reform police departments accused of rampant abuses and civil rights violations, and abandoned (52) the Smart on Crime Initiative (53), which worked to reduce jail time for non-violent and low-level drug offenses and helped reduce the U.S. incarceration rate by 8.4% (54) and reduce the crime rate by 14.6% (55). Meanwhile, the Trump Administration has gutted (56) protections on our nation's drinking water sources, and eased regulations on coal ash and mercury pollution, among countless (57) other moves disproportionately (58) harming communities of color. The Trump also proposed eliminating (59) the EPA's Environmental Justice office, which works to protect vulnerable populations from environmental harm.



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Jobs

 

DONALD TRUMP

 

JOE BIDEN

Covid-19 Recovery

Rather than take swift, decisive action, by implementing a testing regime, a coordinated national response, and invoking the Defense Production Act,  President Trump hesitated (1), and denied that Covid-19 would surpass fifteen cases, saying "it will just go away". (2) Top economists now predict an extensive downturn and an unemployment rate (3) above 10% into 2021.
 
Biden's Covid-19 plan (4) calls a coordinated national response, institutes an emergency paid-leave program while ensuring that employers will not bear the additional cost of employee-leave,, establishes a federally-coordinated contact tracing workforce, and will expand Emergency Unemployment Compensation.(5) 

Taxes

The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (6) has found that the tax cuts from Trump's signature legislative achievement—the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA)—have had “virtually no effect on wages, haven’t contributed to a surge in investment, and haven’t come close to paying for themselves. Nor have they delivered a cut to the average taxpayer.” (7) These cuts slowed economic growth, and largely benefited the ultra-wealthy.
 
Joe Biden’s economic plan (8) for America focuses on revitalizing the middle-class. He wants a pro-growth, progressive tax code (9), under which 93% of tax increases would be borne by taxpayers earning approximately $170,000 or more a year (the top 20% of households), while the top 1% of households would pay nearly 75% of the tax hike.

Trade

Trump began an economic confrontation with China involving several rounds of retaliatory tariffs and other trade restrictions. Overall, American consumers are bearing the brunt of the added costs—not China. These costs (12) have slowed economic growth and hurt employment. Because mid-western farmers have been decimated (13) by the trade war, Trump was forced to bail them out with $28 billion (14) of taxpayer money, which was not even close to covering their losses.
 
While re-establishing relations (15) with our allies, Biden hopes to boost American production. To achieve this, Biden will allocate $400 billion as a procurement investment to purchase products made by American owners, and will spur American innovation with a $300 billion investment in research, development, and new technologies, thus boosting high-quality job creation in technology and advanced manufacturing (16).

Long-term Investments

Trump promised to reduce the national debt by eliminating waste in federal spending, but national debt has increased (17) under his administration, going from under $20 trillion in January 2017 to more than $24 trillion by April 2020. While Trump's tax cuts are largely to blame for the rising debt, his administration has responded by cutting education grants (18), rural broadband and other rural infrastructure programs, (19) and more. 
 
Biden hopes to plan (20) for the future by building a power sector that is completely free from carbon pollution by the year 2035; upgrading 4 million buildings, and weatherizing 2 million homes over the course of four years to improve national energy efficiency and boost climate resilience. His proposal seeks to rebuild crumbling infrastructure, thus creating jobs and helping facilitate the shift towards greater reliance on public transportation in U.S. cities. (21)



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Health

 

DONALD TRUMP

 

JOE BIDEN

The Covid-19 Pandemic

Instead of coordinating a national response to Covid-19, President Trump ignored (1) his own cabinet, saying "it will just go away" (2). He stated that testing is "overrated" (3), and promoted (4) potentially-lethal treatments to the virus, such as injecting disinfectants and drinking bleach. And during the pandemic, his administration slashed (5) CDC funding, withdrew (6) from the World Health Organization, and stopped (7) funding thirteen federally-run testing sites, just as new Covid-19 cases were peaking. 
 
Biden's Covid-19 response plan (8) ensures that no individual would need to pay for testing, treatment, preventative services, or any eventual Covid-19 vaccine. His plan calls (9) for paid emergency leave (while ensuring that employers will not bear the additional cost) and will establish a federally-coordinated contact tracing workforce. Biden will expand (5) unemployment benefits, and extend unemployment compensation to caregivers, gig workers, and independent contractors who have faced reduced pay and hours. 

Healthcare

 Trump promised (11) to repeal the ACA (12), yet he hasn't come up with a replacement plan that wouldn't increase (13) premiums and reduce (14) coverage options.  He advocates the nullification of the ACA in a manner that would deny (15) coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, and throw 23 million (16) Americans off their insurance plans (in addition to the 7 million (17) Americans now uninsured under Trump. 
 
The Biden Campaign has vowed to build. (18) on the ACA, establish (19) a public option, and lower (20) the eligible age of Medicare to 60. His public option will cut (21) costs using collectivized purchasing power, compete against private insurance companies, and require no co-payments for primary care. These reforms will be paid for by repealing (22) Trump's tax cut, and increasing (23) the capital gains tax on those making over $1 million annually.

The Opioid Epidemic

In 2019, Trump announced more than $1.8 billion (24) in funding to combat the opioid crisis. However, his efforts to roll back the ACA and Medicaid coverage have undermined (25) efforts to increase access to substance abuse treatment. Moreover, Trump ultimately pulled $2.5 billion (26) from the Defense Department’s drug interdiction program to fund the construction of the border wall. Only 93 miles (27) of wall had been built thus far-- 90 miles of which replaced already-existing border structures. (14)
 
Biden hopes to make "effective prevention, treatment, and recovery services available to all” (28) through a $125 billion (29) federal investment. This investment will double (30) community health center funding and allow (31) Medication Assisted Treatment to be available to all of those suffering from Opioid addiction. Biden plans to give communities the tools needed to prevent and respond to overdoses, while accelerating (32) the development of less addictive pain medications. 

Veteran's Health

The Trump administration left millions of dollars dedicated to suicide-prevention efforts unused (33), and funneled billions of dollars into private care unprepared (34) to deliver high-quality healthcare to address the issues facing veterans. Trump's administration also exacerbated (35) the VA’s staffing problems by gutting (36) labor protections and employee benefits, thus jeopardizing (37) the quality of veterans' health care, Moreover,  Trump likely knew (38) Russia was offering bounties to the Taliban to kill American troops for months, and did nothing. 
 
As Vice President, Biden helped decrease veteran unemployment by 50% (39). During his term in office, Biden pledges to “create safe, modern, clean, and recovery-oriented housing for veterans being treated for [addiction] and those who are homeless” (40). He promises to dramatically increase (41) VA mental health services, and to create a $5,000 tax credit (42) for informal caregivers of wounded, ill, injured, or elderly veterans. 



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Race

 

DONALD TRUMP

 

JOE BIDEN

Economic Security

During his career, Trump participated in housing and employment practices which have prevented Black families from achieving economic security. The Justice Department investigated and sued Trump Management for discriminating (1) against Black renters. They saw a recurring pattern where Black rental applicants were turned away, while whites inquiring about the same apartments were offered leases. 
 
Joe Biden understands that systemic racism has prevented Black Americans from building wealth in this country. Joe Biden plans to invest $640 billion (2) in affordable housing, triple Title I school (3) funding,  bolster (4) federal funding for historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), and will work to eliminate (5). bias in housing appraisement. (5) Biden will also offer (6) tax credits to small businesses to help employees create retirement plans. 

Police Reform

The Trump administration has worked to disassemble protections for victims of discrimination. Trump revoked (7) a series of rules enacted by the Obama administration to help reform police departments accused of rampant abuses and civil rights violations. The Trump administration also abandoned (8) the Smart on Crime Initiative, which worked to reduce jail time for non-violent and low-level drug offenses. Smart on Crime had helped reduce the nation’s incarceration rate by 8.4% (9), and the crime rate by 14.6% (10).
 
Joe Biden does not support defunding the police; he has come out strongly in support of the “urgent need for reform” (11). These reforms (12) include a federal ban on police chokeholds, a new federal police oversight commission, new national standards for use of force by police, increased data collection by local law enforcement, and more power for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate local police departments.  Biden has also stated that he will reverse (13) Trump's limitations on the DOJ to investigate unlawful/unconstitutional policing,  and refund (14) the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Leadership on Social Justice

Trump's campaign has been based (15) on racial divisiveness, and he has refused to disavow purveyors of hate. After the death of a protestor in Charlottesville, Trump called marching Neo-nazis “very fine people” (16), and has retweeted (17) at least 145 accounts that have pushed conspiratorial or racist statements. And in the ten days following his election, 900 (18) hate incidents occurred; in nearly 40% (19) of those incidents the perpetrators explicitly invoked the president-elect’s name or his campaign slogans. 
 
In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, Biden worked to bring the country together to move towards racial progress. He organized (20) a series of online gatherings and round tables with leaders in the Black community, made visits to Black churches and protest sites, and met (21) with Floyd’s family. He announced, "Look, the presidency is a big job. Nobody will get everything right. And I won’t either. But I promise you this. I won’t traffic in fear and division. I won’t fan the flames of hate" (22). 

Environmental Justice

The Trump Administration has subjected communities of color across the country to higher levels of cancer-causing pollution. They have gutted (23) protections on our nation's drinking water sources,  and eased (24) regulations on coal ash and mercury pollution, among countless (25) other moves disproportionately (26) harming communities of color. Trump also proposed eliminating (27) the EPA's Environmental Justice office, which works to protect vulnerable populations from environmental harm.
 
The Biden administration will work to revitalize the economy and lead the global transition to equitable sustainability.  Biden has committed (28) to directing federal funds to disadvantaged communities in. order to end pollution and toxic waste sites, create mitigation strategies, and rebuild from  disaster in "just and equitable ways" (29). Biden will also make sure low-income communities have preference (30) for receiving the Clean Economy Revolution grants.



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Climate

 

DONALD TRUMP

 

JOE BIDEN

Climate Change

In November 2019, the Trump Administration submitted a request (1) to withdraw from the Paris Agreement (2) on climate change, rejecting decades (3) of planning between 100+ countries to curtail global warming. This lost America its spot at the negotiating table, while the rest of the world moves to remake the global economy. Trump also refuses to support the Green New Deal (4), which would guarantee new high-paying jobs in clean energy industries. 
 
During Obama's tenure, the U.S. led the world by fighting to achieve the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change (5). Biden promises to make the United States a leader again by rejoining (6) the Paris Agreement, and inciting global action by integrating climate change in U.S. foreign policy and national security strategies. Biden seeks to invest $1.7 trillion to ensure that the U.S. achieves an 100% clean energy (7) economy and net-zero emissions by 2050. 

Environmental Conservation

Trump has repeatedly exploited and harmed U.S. land in order to strengthen the fossil fuel industry and line his own pocket. This has included removing or weakening protections for almost 35 million acres of federal land, an area the size of Florida (8). He also removed the offshore drilling safety regulations (9) that were implemented to prevent oil spills like the BP Gulf Disaster (10).  
 
Biden has promised to take action against fossil fuel companies and other polluters (11) who are knowingly harming people and the environment for the sake of economic profit. Biden supports emissions limits (12) and a system which requires the polluters to bear the full cost of the carbon pollution they are emitting. Biden will also subsidize farmers to implement conservation methods on their land.

Acting on Scientific Findings

Trump has dismissed (13) the National Climate Assessment’s central findings (14) that carbon dioxide emissions are in fact caused by human activity, contribute hundreds of billions of dollars in economic damage, and must be brought quickly to zero in order to prevent worldwide catastrophe. The Trump administration has also restricted the type of research that can be used to draft regulations, a measure that experts say amounts to one of the government’s most far-reaching restrictions on science (15). 
 
Biden has understood the urgency of the climate crisis for decades, urging Congress in that “...even a small rise in temperature could disrupt the entire complicated environment that has nurtured life as we know it”. In fact, he introduced the first-ever climate change bill in the Senate, the Global Climate Protection Act of 1986 (16). Today, he has recognized the U.S.'s need to embrace “greater ambition on an epic scale” (17) in response to the climate crisis. 

Creating Sustainable Economic Opportunity

Trump has eliminated (18) the previously set targets for vehicle fuel-efficiency, a move condemned by much of the domestic auto industry, which will cost the economy 60,000 jobs, and add $190 billion to Americans’ health costs by 2050 (19). In addition, Trump repealed the Obama administration’s signature environmental achievement, the Clean Power Plan (CPP), which was remarkably popular (20) with companies and investors, including Google, Microsoft, eBay and General Mills.
 
Joe Biden supports ending the $20 billion of direct taxpayer subsidies (21) given to fossil fuel companies every year, but does not support a ban (22) on fracking or natural gas. Joe Biden's plan for creating an economy built for the future includes creating "10 million well-paying jobs in the United States that will grow a stronger, more inclusive middle class enjoyed by communities across the country, not just in cities along the coasts" (23).



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Immigration

 

DONALD TRUMP

 

JOE BIDEN

Immigration Policy

Trump's travel ban (1) was just one of many policies he implemented to keep immigrants out of the U.S. It denied visas to citizens of seven countries with majority-Muslim populations, while his “Migration Protection Protocols” (2) (also known as his "remain in Mexico" policy), force all asylum-seeking Central American migrants to return to Mexico for indefinite amounts of time while their asylum claims are processed. This policy violates (3) U.S. and international law, and has sent more than 60,000 (4) migrants back to Mexico to await the results of their applications. There, they live in makeshift encampments or shelters, rely on volunteers for basic necessities, and have very little means to handle major public health crises, such as the Covid-19 pandemic. 
 
Biden’s immigration plan promises (5) to halt many of Trump's anti-immigrant policies. He intends to roll back Trump's “remain in Mexico” policy (6); his travel ban (7) which targets immigrants from several majority-Muslim countries, and his public charge rule (8), which discriminates (9) against low-income immigrants. But this is nothing new-- Biden has a long history of supporting pro-immigrant bills during his time in Congress. He voted YES on the Immigration Act of 1990 (10). which increased (11) the annual limits on immigration to the U.S.; he voted against (12) giving preference to English-speaking immigrants, and voted (13) to. allow the Census to keep counting undocumented residents. 

Young Immigrants

In 2017, Trump moved to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program, which protects nearly 700,000 (14) young adults who were brought to the U.S. as children (avg. age 7) (15). Many DACA recipients are now threatened with the prospect of deportation back to countries they hardly know-- many of whom aren't even aware that they are unauthorized. The Supreme Court reversed Trump's decision, ruling that it was "arbitrary and capricious, violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and infringed upon the equal protection guarantee of the Fifth Amendment” (16).   
 
Vice President Biden has long stated his support (17) for the creation and expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and has vowed to "immediately work to make it permanent by sending a bill to Congress on day one of [his] Administration" (18). He also championed (19) the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program and the Central American Minors (20) program -- which allowed parents with legal status in the U.S. to apply to bring their children up from Central America to live with them.

Supporting Immigrants in America

The Trump administration’s 2018 “zero-tolerance” immigration policy has led to the criminal prosecution of unauthorized immigrant parents traveling with their children, and the separation of more than 2,800 (21) migrant families that crossed the southern border. 
 
Biden has a long history of supporting immigrants in America. In 2007, he voted: YES (22) on continuing federal funds for sanctuary cities; YES (23) on the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007; YES (24) on allowing illegal aliens to participate in social security; and NO (25) on limiting welfare for immigrants in June 1997.

Central America

Trump cut off $450 million (26) in aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras --  countries from which the most (27) migrants are fleeing -- rather than helping address the violence and lack of economic opportunity that has led to such a sharp rise in the number of Central American families seeking asylum in the U.S. 
 
Biden's plan for Central America promises $4 billion over four years (28) to address the issues of violence and poverty that are leading to mass migrations to the U.S. These funds are intended to fight corruption, attract private sector investment, develop civil society and incentivize Central American countries to conduct their own reforms. 



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Gender

 

DONALD TRUMP

 

JOE BIDEN

Gender Inequality

The Trump administration enacted major spending cuts (1) and eliminated programs (2) which predominately benefit women. These cuts (3) range from subtracting $403 million from health profession and nurse training programs, eliminating support for V.A. caregivers of wounded soldiers, a $50 million reduction in funding for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, and kicking “160,000 children out of Head Start programs [which will] kill jobs for 40,000 people”.
 
In his career (4) before running for President, Joe Biden began several major programs which predominately benefit women. In 1994, Biden wrote the Violence Against Women Act (5), which many experts credit “with contributing to a dramatic decrease in the rate of domestic violence in the United States". Through the Affordable Care Act (6), Biden also helped stop insurers from charging women up to two or three times more than men for identical health policies.

LGBTQ+ Rights

Under Trump, the Department of Health and Human Services announced (7) that it would not enforce regulations banning discrimination based on gender identity. Similarly, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) now allows discrimination against transgender people in HUD-funded homeless shelters. The Department of Education has announced it will immediately dismiss all complaints from transgender students “based solely on gender identity discrimination”. 
 
As President, Biden would enact the Equality Act, which will “guarantee that LGBTQ+ individuals are protected under existing civil rights laws" (8). Biden will retract policies (9) from the Trump administration that do not allow anyone that is transgender or HIV-positive from serving in the military. Biden will also increase federal funding for HIV treatments. He will fight to make sure qualified LGBTQ+ families are not discriminated against by the adoption or foster care (10) systems. 

Personal Behavior

25 women (11) have come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against President Trump since the 1970s. He has been accused of unwanted touching, violent groping, and rape. Adult film star Stormy Daniels claims she was threatened (12) with physical violence to keep quiet about her affair with Trump. Additionally, Trump has made many disparaging and sexist statements (13) throughout the years, including, “I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait...You can do anything. Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything”.
 
Eight women (14) have alleged that Biden had touched them in ways that made them feel uncomfortable. While these interactions include inappropriate touching and kissing, seven of the women stated his behavior did not amount to amount to sexual harassment or assault. Biden responded (15), "Social norms are changing, I understand that, and I've heard what these women are saying". One of the accusers, Tara Reade (16), has stated that Biden repeatedly harassed her and sexually assaulted her in a Senate building in 1993. 

Ideology

Donald Trump has appointed and promoted many officials holding extreme misogynist and/or anti-LGBT views. Trump once joked (17) about Mike Pence, “Don’t ask that guy [about gay rights]—he wants to hang them all!”. Senior White House Adviser Stephen Miller (18) has been called a white supremacist by his Breitbart coworkers. Two-thirds of Trump's judicial picks have explicitly anti-LGBT records, and some belong to organizations that have been designated as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center. (19)
 
Biden has released plans to protect the LGBTQ+ community from harassment and life-threatening situations. He has pledged to invest in teen suicide prevention programs, fund the LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative (20), and the double the amount of counseling available in schools. Biden will put a federal ban on conversion therapy, and move to ban people who have been convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime from purchasing or possessing a firearm.



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Vice President Summary of Differences

 

Mike Pence

 

Kamala Harris

Health

As Governor, Pence failed to act upon a HIV outbreak (1) that occurred, rebuking CDC recommendation for a needle exchange program though later doing so. According to a Yale study(2), his late response caused 90% more infections.  He has been a strong voice against the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (3) and voted numerous times to repeal it. 
 
Harris was the co-sponsor(4) of Medicare-For-All legislation, and has focused on racism in maternity care, introducing the Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies Act which provides grants (5) for bias trainings in med schools and create pregnancy homes to help new mothers. Though she had obtained jail sentences against 1500 young (6) men for marijuana possession as DA, she now supports (7) legalizations.

Immigration

In 2004, Pence voted for HR 3722 (8), which would have required hospitals to report undocumented immigrants to ICE. Once calling it unconstitutional, he is now a supporter of the Muslim Ban (9). He blames the Democrats for Migrant camps (10). As Governor, he attempted to block Syrian refugees by cutting off federal aid (11) to resettlement agencies.
 
In the Senate, Harris introduced nine bills (12) from prohibiting the Department of Homeland Security in using federal funds to build facilities to reuniting separated families, though none has passed. In 2018, she was one of three democrats (13) that voted against a bipartisan bill that would have traded border-wall funding for a path of citizenship, killing the bill. She has also publicly backed providing medicare (14) for undocumented Immigrants, and voted to lift a cap (15) on skilled immigration. 

Climate

Mike Pence, the largest recipient (16) of Koch Brothers money, is a signatory on their “No Climate Tax”(17) pledge. He disagrees that climate change is the result of human-activity. As Governor, he defied (18) President Obama’s Clean Power Plan which aimed to place a cap on emissions from plants. He has received a 4% lifetime score (19) from League of Conservation voters. 
 
As AG, she fought against companies violating environmental regulations such as opposing Chevron’s (20) refinery expansion in Richmond, and sued SoCal Gas (21) for methane leaks.  Though she has taken donations in the past, she refuses to do (22) so anymore from the fossil fuel industry. She has co-sponsored Climate Equity legislation (23) and supports the Green New Deal. She has received a 91% lifetime score (24)  from the League of Conservation Voters. 

Jobs

As Governor, Pence oversaw a 0.4 percent GDP (25) growth compared to 2.2 nationally. Both Carrier Corp and United Technologies Electronic Controls closed their plants, moving to Mexico and costing Indiana 2,100 Jobs (26). In 2007, Pence voted against (27) raising the minimum wage to $7.25, and the stimulus package passed under Obama.  In January 2019 the US had over 7 million (28) jobs unfilled, but under the Trump/Pence pandemic response that number increased to there being 17.8 million more job seekers (29) than openings,
 
Harris is a staunch supporter of Labor Unions (30). Has co-sponsored both the Protecting the Right to Organize Act and Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act, which bans state “right to work” laws. She worked with the White House to negotiate more aid for COVID, and introduced the COVID-19 Whistleblower Protection Act which protected federal workers if they notified regulators of misspending and/or workplace rules that endangered health (31). 

Gender

Pence has actively opposed Planned Parenthood (32)  throughout his career, signing eight anti-abortion bills during his four years as Governor. He has voted against Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (2009) (33) which protects wage discrimination. His administration sued in the Supreme Court to repeal workplace protections (34) for Transgender Americans, and banned them from joining the military. He has also voted agains the Employment Non-discrimination Act (35) in 2007, believing the Act violates freedom and religion in the workplace. 
 
As Attorney General, she refused to defend (36) the state’s same-sex marriage ban in the Supreme Court. Before that, as District Attorney, she created a Hate Crime Unit (37) to investigate & prosecute anti-LGBTQ violence, and successfully organized in CA to end the gay & transgender panic defence.   However, she has taken responsibility (38) for her office denying transgender inmates from receiving surgery.

Race

On Juneteenth (40) 2020, when asked by journalists if he will ever publicly say “Black Lives Matter”, Pence responded by saying “All Lives Matter’. As Governor, Pence signed into law House Bill 1019 which requires all Indiana law enforcement to store audio and video footage for at least 190 days (41), which caused a decline in body-cameras due to costs. 
 
As Attorney General, Harris implemented bias training for police officers (42) in California, but has also avoided intervening (43) in cases involving killings by the police. Harris created a “Back on Track” (44) program in CA to allow first-time drug offenders to get a high school diploma and a job instead of prison time.  Harris has introduced the Justice in Policing Act (45) to hold police accountable, change the culture of law enforcement and build trust.