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Election Year Trauma: Why Joe Biden Won the Democratic Nomination and Presidency

As a therapist, Janis is fascinated by the way social behavior is influenced by the media, socio-political trends, and historical events.

Stability Restored in America

Former Vice President Joe Biden, President-Elect of the United States.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, President-Elect of the United States.

Election Cycle 2020: Biden Overwhelmingly Wins Primaries

After all the predictions and pundit chatter of the experts and talking heads, what we thought would happen on Super Tuesday late last Spring—didn't. Presidential candidate Joe Biden shocked just about everyone by winning the majority of states in the first major primary elections cycle. His success wowed those who believed former Vice President Joe Biden was down and out in his bid to become the next president of the United States.

His unexpected victory on Super Tuesday was followed by unprecedented wins on Super Tuesday II, where he racked up huge popular and electoral votes against his formidable opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders, by inexplicable margins. These big wins for Joe Biden undoubtedly put him in position to receive the democratic nomination, placing him on the road to the White House.

White House Bound

President-Elect Joseph Biden will be the next occupant of the White House.

President-Elect Joseph Biden will be the next occupant of the White House.

How Fear-Driven Elections Saved Joe Biden

So what caused this sharp, history-making turnaround for Vice President Biden's campaign? From a psychological perspective, it can be said that it was plain old human nature: a segment of American voters are traumatized by the chaos of the current Republican administration. People are in dire need of stability. The last four years have been a rollercoaster ride of unpredictability, inconsistency, and uncertainty.

For some voters, Vice President Biden represents stability, safety, predictability, and familiarity. Even those who have had issues with his policies, personal missteps, his glaring gaffes, his temperament, and his so-called cognitive decline, are looking for that "Uncle Joe they know," who will save the day, and ultimately, save the country. The majority of voters apparently expressed this sentiment as Joe Biden handedly won the popular vote by almost 6 million.

Experience and Sound Leadership

The American people sent a message that they needed familiarity and experience to get them through crises and stabilize their democracy.

The American people sent a message that they needed familiarity and experience to get them through crises and stabilize their democracy.

Jubilant Supporters Celebrate

The enthusiasm of the American people was felt across the country when the race was called four days after election day.

The enthusiasm of the American people was felt across the country when the race was called four days after election day.

Trauma Heightened By Cumulative Crises

Just when we thought this feeling of instability in 2020 couldn't get any worse, enter - - coronavirus (COVID-19). Our collective fear by then had translated into actual fear of death. The metaphor is hard to ignore. The intersection between the breaking news of Super Tuesday II election returns and the simultaneous reports of increasing COVID-19 cases and deaths, created a jarring image for the American people to behold. Survival of the country became very real.

As the virus proceeded to spread from state to state, closing in on the Midwestern regions, the need for stable leadership increased. By November, the virus had spread across the entire United States. Regardless of the initial uncertainty of his campaign, Joe Biden had literally "risen up" to the occasion and had come to embody sound leadership. His pick of Senator Kamala Harris for his vice president strengthened hope for healing to come for a hurting nation. The competence displayed by the first woman of African and Asian decent to hold that position, energized the ticket. The American people look to them to act with urgency, decisiveness, and humanity. The desperation of the American people was evident in the historic numbers of early voters, by mail and in person. It's safe to say that this unprecedented turnout of voters also contributed to the ultimate Biden-Harris win.

The Fear Factor: Voting for Survival and Restoration

The American voters are in the midst of traumatic times. The perception of a country in crisis intensified over the last few years. Americans have endured the damaging impacts of racial conflict, ever-increasing political party divisions, the impeachment of a sitting president, perceived and real threats to national security, and an eye-opening stock market plummet of historic proportions. The trauma is topped off by a relentless global pandemic disease of community spread in the United States that continues to infect and take lives by the hour. As of this writing, over a quarter of a million Americans have died of COVID-19. The inconsistent and, at times, confusing response to the pandemic crisis by the current Administration only heightened fears and jeopardized the health and well-being of our economy and our lives.

The American people are living a nightmare of fear and anxiety. It would be hard, if not impossible, to leave those anxieties outside the ballot box when making a decision to vote for someone to wake the country out of the nightmare. Even if the voters' pick is not their first choice, the leadership qualities, character traits, decency, compassion, and experience of that second choice start to look really good.

The surprising outcomes of the Super Tuesday primaries seem to indicate that this fear was a factor for many voters. Joe Biden is perceived as safe. He represents steadiness in leadership for a nation in dire need of that kind of healing president, more now than ever. For these reasons, former Vice President Joe Biden won the Democratic nomination on June 5th and ultimately conquered his quest to become the 46th president of the United States, called on Saturday, November 7th.

Historic Numbers of Americans Voted Early

The historic number of Americans who participated in early voting made the difference for President Biden.

The historic number of Americans who participated in early voting made the difference for President Biden.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2020 Janis Leslie Evans


Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on September 15, 2020:

Thanks for your comments and taking the time to read the article.

judy gromowsky on September 15, 2020:

I will be so elated if biden wins the presidency- trump has been in way to long and only got elected because of putin I feel that way anyway. it is time to oust this criminal - and lying about bone spurs to get out of going into service- how petty can you get. even melania does not like him always slapping his hand away. although she is probably just as bad as he is been with him way to long. what a shame.

Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on March 16, 2020:

what insult? The truth hurts...

JOC from Syracuse, NY on March 16, 2020:

To say that the country saw a Congress with a 17% approval rate and wished for something different is understandable. I get why people voted for Trump. The trade deals are just marginally better, while the trade wars have decimated the markets for farmers. Tariffs? Paid by the American middle class to the tune of an additional $2,000 per year to the average family. Neither policy has helped the most needy of this country.

And boasting about a tax cut that has caused the deficit to balloon to over a trillion dollars is very socialist of you. Who is paying for the lack of government revenue? Wouldn't cutting spending be the smarter move before giving such a tax cut? And most of that tax cut went to the rich and corporations. Another example of him helping himself at the expense of the middle class.

And the stock market was on the same trend as Obama's was. My quarterly increases were almost exactly the same as I track them every three months. But again, that really helps those who can afford to have stock.

What is dishonest is that you can make statements that all this is because of Trump when every trendline pointed to a continuation of a recovering economy left over from Obama. But nice insult, perhaps we should get ourselves banned for another week.

Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on March 16, 2020:


Trump's election in 2016 was a popular movement. It was a rejection of the status quo in DC, a rejection of the insiders of DC including many Republicans, the swamp...

His policies since elected changed drastically from Obama's especially in the economic matters...in fact reversed many of his policies. Tax cut instead of tax increases...

Better trade deals...

For you to deny all that and say it was just a continuation is out right dishonest.

JOC from Syracuse, NY on March 16, 2020:

Jack, I believe he gets credit for the many improvements he made instead of Trump, and his sycophants, trying to ignore the trends that existed as of November 2016.

That second question is a hub in and of itself. Misogyny, Russian interference, Hillary mistakes, Comey announcement, Trump effectively using social media. And Bush Sr. was VP, Hillary was not. Somewhat different.

Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on March 16, 2020:

JOC, you never answer my question. How many years does Obama get to take credit for?

A second question is more telling...

If things were going so well under Obama/Biden, why did the Democrats not win a 3rd Term?

Remember, under Reagan, Bush Sr. won a third term easily.

JOC from Syracuse, NY on March 16, 2020:

Again, a Trump sycophant ignores the trend that Trump inherited. This time, in regards to food stamps. The peak monthly enrollment was 47.6 million in 2013, but as the economy began its recovery, under Obama, that figure dropped to 42.7 million in January of 2017.

Enrollment went down by 1.35 million from January 2017, when Trump took office, to December 2017, according to the most recent monthly figures from the USDA, which administers SNAP. By comparison, enrollment declined by 1.88 million over the same time period in 2016 when Obama was president, from 44,852,347 in January 2016 to 42,969,079 in December 2016.

So, when you actually see the data, people coming off SNAP actually began a slow down when Trump took over.

Now, you see how I actually use data from verifiable government sources to make my arguments. I doubt you will believe any of it as you continually come on here to bash Obama. But that's alright, others can see the logic of my fact-based arguments.

Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on March 16, 2020:

JOC, close but no cigars...The rate means little until you add the labor participation rate into the equation.

The point is, under Trump, he has increased real jobs by millions and added the labor participation rate and still has a lower unemployment rate. This means, less people on food stamps, more better paying full time jobs, more manufacturing jobs, and more people coming back to the workforce who had given up and dropped off the list. For details, read up on the difference between the U3 and the U6 unemployment numbers.

JOC from Syracuse, NY on March 16, 2020:

For example...Obama dropped the unemployment rate from 10.0 to 4.7. Trump drops it from 4.7 to 3.5. A 5.3 drop versus a 1.2 point drop. Who had the greater affect? It's simple math Jack, but simple math that Trump sycophants are completely neglecting to take into account.

Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on March 16, 2020:

JOC, in your mind, how many years does it take for one admin. to pass and the next admin. take over?

a follow up question, does that time frame change if it is a Democrat following a Republican or a Republican following a Democrat?

JOC from Syracuse, NY on March 16, 2020:

You've got to appreciate how James can completely disregard all the progress made in all of these areas prior to Trump and just give him all the credit. All the trend lines in these areas began moving that direction prior to Trump taking office. That, in and of itself, could be its own hub. Sycophants got to sycophant I guess.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on March 16, 2020:

Hi James. Wow, this is a thorough comment, although off topic. This could have been a stand alone hub article. I do appreciate the detail you present. Well done. Thank you for your visit and for reading my article.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on March 16, 2020:

Thank you, Leslie, for your upbeat comment. I appreciate your visit.

Leslie McCowen from Cape Cod, USA on March 16, 2020:

I’m not fear voting....i’m happy voting. I like him. I miss Obama, laughing, smiling and being happy.

Trump always has a scowl on his face. :-(

Biden is optimistic. Says there’s nothing we can’t do together. I’m voting for kindness, togetherness, love.

Smear it all you want......WE ARE THE MAJORITY!

James A Watkins from Chicago on March 16, 2020:

President Trump has been the greatest president in American history, save George Washington and Ronald Reagan. Race relations are better, crime is down, drug prices dropped for the first time since 1972. We are making far better trade deals.

The poverty rate fell last year to the lowest since 2001, with an all-time low among Blacks and Hispanics. President Trump has lifted millions of people out of poverty, including one million American children. In contrast, the number of Americans in poverty increased by 800,000 under Obama. More than six million people have been able to get off food stamps since Trump was elected.

Six million Americans have reentered the workforce since Trump took office, 500,000 of them had been chronically unemployed for many years. The number of American workers receiving unemployment benefits fell to its lowest level since 1973. The unemployment rate is at a record low for Blacks, Latinos, Asians, Women, the Disabled, and ex-convicts.

The unemployment rate for African-Americans is the lowest EVER recorded. The gap between white and black unemployment is also the smallest on record. There have also been dramatic increases in wages for African-Americans. While the Democrats and their media arm blast him every day, smearing him falsely a “white supremacist,” President Trump is improving the lives of African-Americans far more than President Obama did.

Businesses owned by Latinos continue to grow at a record pace in the Trump Economy, enjoying a 46% jump in revenue in 2018. Hispanics are flourishing, with a record low unemployment rate of 3.9%. Never before had it been below 5% in the history of the United States.

The Trump economy is making America great again as the government dependency cycle is being broken more and more each day through the best social program invented — a real, productive, meaningful job.

No single major industry in the nation has lost jobs since Trump took office. Businesses are advertising a record number of job openings. Among the strongest of all booming sectors in 2018: Health care employment increased by 323,000. Manufacturing gained 296,000 jobs. Construction employment rose by 330,000. Transportation and warehousing gained 184,000 jobs. Professional and business services added 516,000 jobs.

As a direct result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the companies that pronounced higher wages, bonuses, expanded employee benefits, and more capital investment included Walmart, Lowe’s, Chrysler, Starbucks, JP Morgan Chase, Disney, UPS, Cigna, Chipotle, FedEx, Home Depot, MetLife, AT&T, Comcast, and a multitude of other firms.

Every single one of the companies above credited President Trump for their actions. Not one said it was because of Obama.

U.S. manufacturers invested in new factories and equipment, hired more workers, raised wages and benefits for employees, and gave away at least $500 million to charity in response to the Republican tax bill, according to the National Association of Manufacturers.

Obama had lost 16,000 Manufacturing Jobs in 2016; Trump Gained 171,000 in 2017. “Virtually every manufacturer has a help-wanted sign outside their window,” admitted the far left-wing NPR.

The pay of the lowest 10% of hourly workers has increased twice as much as those who make more. The median income for women, Hispanics, and Asian Americans have reached new record highs. Middle-Class income is the highest ever.

The Inflation Rate has dropped 20% since Trump took office, according to the Federal Reserve. The Trump administration’s trade policies are not raising prices of goods for U.S. consumers. Costs of materials and components for consumer goods have fallen dramatically, and business margins have improved, according to the Producer Price Index data. Prices for Durable Goods—products purchased by consumers and businesses that are expected to last three years or more—are down a whopping 5% from last year. And new homes sales are the best since 2007.

In the state of Iowa alone, residents received $147 Million in energy savings thanks to the Trump Tax Cut. Iowans are not the only utility consumers slated to benefit “bigly” from the tax bill. Power companies in California, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, Massachusetts, Illinois, Oregon, and other states, as well as Washington, D.C., plan to pass their savings onto their customers.

Trump’s simplification of the tax code tax saved Americans 41 million hours of excruciating work on their 2018 taxes. That works out to $2.9 billion in preparation costs Americans saved. H&R Block reported that due to Trump's Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, its average customer paid 25% less in taxes in 2018. Democrats claimed only the rich would get tax cuts. H&R Block doesn’t do taxes for the rich.

In September 2019, capital investment plans by American companies hit an all-time high. U.S. natural gas production set an all-time world record this year. We exported more petroleum than we imported for the first time on record in September 2019.

We've never seen anything like this before. Something awesome is going on.

Who knew that having a pro-business, free enterprise capitalist president would be better for business than an anti-business Marxist? President Trump cut corporate taxes and cut regulations. The boom is on, and it has been beneficial for every single American.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on March 14, 2020:

Your're welcome, Juanita. Good to see you, thank you for reading.

Juanita Williams on March 13, 2020:

Janis, you said the magic word "stability", we need that and people see that in Joe Biden. Thank you for making this clear to all.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on March 12, 2020:

Thanks for reading, JOC. If Joe were to win the Presidency, I hope he will have good people around him to reel him in, keep him focused.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on March 12, 2020:

Yes, Bushra. Both are good, decent men.

Anya Ali from Rabwah, Pakistan on March 12, 2020:

May the best man win!

Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on March 12, 2020:

The Democrats are the one shredding the Constitution. Trump has appointed originalists to the court who does understand the Constitution and make rulings based on it.

JOC from Syracuse, NY on March 12, 2020:

With Donald Trump you can be loyal to him or loyal to the Constitution, but often times you cannot do both. He has made it plainly clear that it's one or the other. Democrats want an administration where you can be loyal to both because our president respects the Constitution.

JOC from Syracuse, NY on March 12, 2020:

This election is about chaos versus stability. Joe makes mistakes, but understands his own limitations and will surround himself with talented and experienced people. Trump surrounds himself with sycophants and criminals.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on March 11, 2020:

Good to see you, too, manatita44. I really appreciate the spiritual lens out of which you view what is going on. I see the bigger picture as well and believe the lessons will bring healing.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on March 11, 2020:

You're welcome, Brenda. Thanks for reading, appreciate your comment and analysis.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on March 11, 2020:

Thank you for reading, David. Glad you enjoyed it, thanks for stopping by.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on March 11, 2020:

Thanks, Jack. We shall see what happens.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on March 11, 2020:

Yes, Rachelle. We don't know anymore. I appreciate your visit.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on March 11, 2020:

Thanks, Jack Lee, for your comment and analysis.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on March 11, 2020:

Thank you for reading, Eric.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on March 11, 2020:

Thanks, Kyler, for stopping by and commenting.

manatita44 from london on March 11, 2020:

My teacher said some of the most amazing things about America and naturally I do too. Healing is never really a bad thing and if there is a light in the corona virus, it is to show us that we are all interconnected, as I said in my poem and rely on each other.

I'm happy with whoever wishes to carry such a message with the many facets of Love which includes firmness, justice … as well as compassion. Then America will re-awaken the Spirit of Jefferson, Kennedy, Lincoln and Washington, which is only dozing, that's all.

I see and sense a clearing away of the dark and an ushering of the new. A Bahai's New World Order in a spiritual sense, which of course, would involve key countries as well. Soon, very soon, Guruji would say, and that can mean quite a few years but inevitable. Good to see you, Jan. Much Love.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 11, 2020:

Interesting article.

I am not sure, but in my area I think alot of people did not go vote this time.

You know, this fear of coronavirus is going around. The television news has really played it up and venue's cancelling everywhere.

This is the last chance for Biden to run.

Thanks for sharing.

David B Katague from Northern California and the Philippines on March 11, 2020:

I enjoyed reading this article. I agree 100% with the sentiment in this article. I hope he beats Trump this coming November!!

Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on March 11, 2020:

There is nothing safe about Joe Biden. He cannot put together two sentences that make sense. He is over the hill and missed his opportunity in 2016. If he had ran in 2016, I do believe he would be President today. Now, it is too late for him.

Rachelle Williams from Tempe, AZ on March 11, 2020:

Joe Biden is the safe choice, but certainly not my ideal... I just don't know anymore.

Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on March 11, 2020:

I just can't believe with 330 million people in our country, we cannot come up with a decent candidate to run against Trump...

Joe Biden is too old and unfit to serve as President. His health and his mental capacity are both suspect. He seems confused at times and makes all kinds of gaffes. Where are the adults in the DNC? How can we take you seriously with this candidate?

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on March 11, 2020:

Very interesting. Mano I see no harmony here.

Kyler J Falk from California on March 11, 2020:

Has he been caught sniffing and touching people throughout this process, or is he refraining for the time being? It is too painful to keep up with politics anymore. Hahahaha!

Great article!

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