45th President-Donald J. Trump (R-New York) 2016-2024
President Donald Trump was re-elected president in 2020 after a hard-fought and brutal campaign against California senator, Kamala Harris.
2020 U.S. Presidential Election Primaries
After the surprising and brutal defeat of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016, Democrats scurried to find a new champion. Democrats tried desperately to find a candidate that could inspire a victory against incumbent President Donald Trump. On April 16, 2019, senator Kamala Harris announced her bid for the presidency.
Kamala Harris easily amassed enough delegates and super-delegates to win the Democratic Primaries against former Governor of Maryland, Martin O'Malley, but struggled against former Vice President, Joe Biden. She slimly defeated Biden, only by 236 more super delegates. At the Democratic National Convention, Harris announced she would accept the democratic nomination of President, and announced New Jersey senator Cory Booker as her Vice Presidential nominee.
President Trump felt very confident about the 2020 election. He had easily been beating senator Harris in almost every poll, however the media showed skewed polls of Trump suffering a major defeat. This did not change voter's mind for the most part. Trump had accomplished a tremendous deal as president, including the lowering of taxes, eliminating the country's debt, building the wall and stopping illegal immigration by 95%, eradicating ISIS, and creating a new health care system that was praised by most Republicans and Democrats. Harris had a long way to go before defeating Trump.
Trump easily defeated Kamala Harris in the presidential debates. He brought up all of his accomplishments as president, and included her failures as a senator. Moderates and undecided voters, including some democrats flocked to Trump as their pick for president.
Mike Pence debated Cory Booker and easily won against the senator.
After both debates, the media showed Harris had won the debate saying 89% of the public thought Harris won. This did not seem to persuade voters to vote for Harris however.
The Media's Crumble
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow exclaimed on her show that Trump had been having an affair with multiple un-named women and Melania was going to leave him. She also stated that Trump's son, Barron, had been being physically abused by Trump, saying their was video evidence of this. Trump went down in the polls because of this story and was now 3 points behind Harris four weeks before the election on November 3. The whole media showed this as being true and discussed it for weeks.
Trump immediately sued MSNBC for libel and won this court case almost immediately. Rachel Maddow announced she and MSNBC had made this story up and that it was false. MSNBC was shut down several weeks after the election because of poor ratings and loss of money. This caused other media outlets to stop reporting false stories and report good things about Trump. Luckily for Trump, he surged ahead in the polls.
Election Night, November 3, 2020
Donald Trump was very confident about this race. At 8:45 p.m., Harris had called Trump to concede the election. Trump easily defeated Kamala Harris before 9:00 on election night. With 399 electoral votes, and 54.3% of the popular vote, Trump was re-elected as president.
On January 20th, 2021, Trump was sworn in to remain president for another four years.
46th President-Mike Pence (R-Indiana) 2024-2028
Vice President Mike Pence was elected to the presidency on November 5, 2024. Mike Pence narrowly won the presidency against Virginia senator, Tim Kaine. Pence took the oath of office on January 20th, 2025.
2024 U.S. Presidential Election Primaries
On February 14, 2023, Mike Pence launched his campaign for the presidency. He started off with a good chance of winning the presidency because he and then-president Trump had an approval rating of 62%. The GOP committee felt very confident and eager to put Mike Pence in the White House. Pence faced off in the primaries against Florida senator Marco Rubio, former Governor of Ohio John Kasich, and Republican actor, Dwayne Johnson from Florida. Pence won narrowly in the primaries, barley beating Dwayne Johnson, who surprisingly won more states than Pence, but lost super delegates. At the GOP convention, Pence announced that his Vice Presidential nominee would be Nikki Hayley, Ambassador to the United Nations.
On March 3, 2023, Democrat Tim Kaine first announced his candidacy. Kaine was disliked by many Democrats who saw him as incompetent and too soft. However, Kaine managed to defeat former Virginia senator Jim Webb. Many Democrats saw Webb as too moderate. Kaine won 42 states and easily got 89% of the delegates. At the Democratic National Convention, Kaine announced that his former running mate in 2016, Hillary Clinton would be on the ticket with him. Many saw this as a bad move by Kaine, considering Clinton had been 76 years old and had been very optimistic about speaking out against Donald Trump. This caused lack of support for Kaine early on after the convention.
Tim Kaine refused to make the same mistakes as Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. He visited Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Florida countless times during the campaign. His running mate Clinton held back form campaigning due to her increasing severity of Multiple Sclerosis. Kaine started to poll well in many states, and increasingly did better during the election.
Vice President Pence was almost too confident of winning. He decided not to campaign as much as candidates usually do. He campaigned about three times a week. This did not help him. As the election went on, Pence's lead shrunk. Even Pence winning the debates did not improve his poll numbers. The election was about 5 weeks away, and Tim Kaine was down by 3 points. Finally, Pence started to campaign in states seven days a week.
A New Pick
Tim Kaine was campaigning a rally in Iowa on October 23, 2024, when he got a message in the middle of his rally that cut the event short. Kaine's Vice-Presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, died that morning of her Multiple Sclerosis. While Democrats felt dismay, they needed a new nominee to fill the position of Vice President. Kaine chose former Presidential candidate and California Senator, Kamala Harris to fill the spot. Democrats felt Harris was better than Clinton, which caused Kaine to gain a slight lead over Pence.
Polls had Kaine leading Pence by 1 to 3 points. Pence was predicted by many pollsters to lose the election narrowly and narrowly lose the popular vote.
November 5, 2024 was one of the longest election nights in the history of the United States. Kaine had flipped many of Trump's red states to blue, including Florida. By 4:30 a.m., Kaine had amassed 268 electoral votes, and Pence had 250 electoral votes. Pennsylvania was the only state not called that night. Considering Kaine had a lead in Pennsylvania of 232 votes with 96% of the vote in, Pence called Tim Kaine to concede the election. Kaine and the Democrats were beyond thrilled to get Republicans out of office, winning the senate as well with 51 Democrats to 49 Republicans.
It was now January 3rd, 2025, and Pennsylvania had still not been called. That was the day that Mike Pence had just gained a 15 person vote lead in the state of Pennsylvania. The election had not been called due to how close the results were. Mike Pence took back his concession and remained eager to win the election. On January 16th, 2025, the state of Pennsylvania had been called with 100% of the votes counted. Mike Pence had beat Tim Kaine by 14 votes. Mike Pence was awarded the state of Pennsylvania. Pence won the electoral college with 270 electoral votes, the minimum amount needed to win the election. 270 to Kaine's 268, however Pence was the 5th president to win the election, but lose the popular vote. Pence had 46.3% of the popular vote compared to Kaine's 49.4%.
A Bloody Inauguration Day
On January 20th, 2025, Michael Richard Pence took the oath of office and was sworn into the office of President of the United States. Nikki Hayley had become the first woman Vice President as well. During the inaugural parade, a Democratic anarchist with a dislike of President Pence ran to Pence and stabbed him in the back of the neck. The attacker, Franco Hernandez, was immediately shot by secret service agents. Pence was rushed to a nearby hospital and put in critical condition. During the meantime, Vice President Hayley was sworn into office inside the White House that evening.
During a span of 14 weeks, Pence remained in the hospital. President Pence was discharged on May 2nd, 2025. Due to being stabbed in part of the spinal chord, President Pence lost the ability to walk. He would be the second president to use a wheelchair after FDR. Interim President Nikki Hayley stepped back down to Vice President, and President Pence moved into the White House on May 3, 2025.