2020 can be described in many ways, including a dumpster fire, s***show, crappy or terrible. The news stories this year have really exemplified that this has been one of the worst years in recent history. I ranked my thoughts on what I thought were the top 10 news stories below, some of which I have even talked about on this blog. This is not an all-encompassing list as we all know that the news cycle is everchanging.
10. Anonymous Revealed…and It was Anti-Climactic
We were all on the edge of our seats when the op-ed “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration” appeared in the New York Times in 2018 written by Anonymous. Anonymous followed up with a book called A Warning in 2019, continuing to detail the chaos within the Trump White House. Some speculated that this was someone in a senior position, perhaps a Chief of Staff. It turns out that this was Miles Taylor, who was a Senior Adviser in the Homeland Security Department in the Trump Administration. He endorsed Joe Biden in the 2020 Election as I discussed in August 2020 (Does a Biden Endorsement by a Senior Trump Administration Official Mean Trouble for the Trump Administration and His Re-Election?) before we knew who he was. Once Taylor revealed his identity, he was filleted by news outlets on both sides. Guess it wasn’t as exciting as we all thought?
9. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Quit Royalty
Yes, this happened this year. It was a big uproar that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry decided to step down as senior royals and work to become financially independent, living in the United States. This is something we haven’t seen in modern times from the Royal Family. This announcement is rumored to cause some conflicts within the family. Some critics accused Meghan of being self-serving, while others supported the decision. One thing is clear: this couple is going to do it their way.
8. Super Tuesday
Super Tuesday was the beginning of the end for many of the Democratic party’s candidates, including Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders (even though Bernie did not suspend his campaign until April). It was also the rise of Joe Biden as the presumptive nominee for President. Everyone knew that Joe Biden was the only one that would be able to go up against President Trump mano-e-mano and have even a chance of winning, given his ideologies and his track record (despite what President Trump will tell you about his tenure). It just took a little longer than we expected.
7. Murder Hornets
We didn’t need another reason for more anxiety in 2020. Murder hornets came into the United States and said, “Hold my beer” to that. These creatures came from Asia and mainly populated in Washington. Their stings are worse than any bee would give you and can kill bee populations, which could compromise our food supply. According to the news, scientists are making sure they are under control. They better be.
6. Ruth Bader Ginsberg Death and Confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett
The death of Ruth Bader Ginsberg shook Washington and the world, no matter your political leanings. This was a tough woman with an even tougher knack for upholding the law. We all knew her shoes would be big ones to fill. Enter Amy Coney Barrett. She was nominated by President Trump and Republican leadership did everything in their power to confirm her quickly with this finally occurring at the end of October 2020. No one will ever be Ruth Bader Ginsberg, but even though Amy Coney Barrett leans on the opposite side of the spectrum from her, she will have the intelligence and spunk to uphold the Constitution and the law.
5. Death of Pop Culture Icons
The death of many pop culture icons kept us in mourning throughout this year. There were many shocking deaths this year, including Kobe Bryant, Chadwick Boseman and Kelly Preston. Others were ones that we just didn’t want to happen and people we wanted to live forever, which were Alex Trebek, Regis Philbin, James Lipton, Sean Connery, Kirk Douglas, and Jerry Stiller. There are many more that we have lost this year and we will keep them and their families in our thoughts.
Impeachment was something that started in 2019 but flooded over into the beginning of 2020. It was the one of three times in our country’s history that we have seen a president be impeached, but not removed from office. It seemed pointless after a while for this to be occurring as the election was coming up and the Democrats would have been more well-suited putting their efforts towards beating Donald Trump by more than they did instead of something that we knew he wasn’t going to be held accountable for anyway. Who knows? If we didn’t have this going on as a distraction, maybe we would have been in a better spot in this country with COVID-19.
3. 2020 Election
This election was unlike anything that we have seen in our lifetime. There was not nearly as much campaigning as we would see in a normal year and most events were held remotely. The debates were laughable as it was basically just Battle of the Geriatrics with minimal policy discussions and maximum character bashing. We also saw the increased use of the mail-in ballot by so many that didn’t feel safe going to the polls on Election Day. It took days to figure out a projected winner for many states in the union, but we finally had a projected President-Elect by November 7th. Unfortunately, after the Electoral College has voted, there are still questions about whether President-Elect Biden was elected fair and square. Lordy Lordy.
2. Racial unrest and justice
The death of George Floyd sparked a movement the likes of which we haven’t seen since the Civil Rights Movement. It’s time that we open our eyes to the injustices that people of color have endured, listen to their struggle, and figure out how we can live as an equal people. Actually, it’s well past that time.
1. Coronavirus Pandemic/Coronavirus Vaccine
The coronavirus pandemic has been an omnipresence in our lives since March 2020. It has uprooted just about every aspect of our daily lives from mask wearing, isolating for extended periods of time, minimal social gatherings, etc. Remember when we said 2020 was going to be our year? Yeah, coronavirus didn’t care and ruined it anyway. The end of this year has seen the rollout of several COVID-19 vaccines, which I’m cautiously optimistic will return us to business as usual. It is unreal how fast they have been distributed to the public, which makes me nervous, but it makes me excited that this is our hope to go back to normality.