The state of politics in DC, one year after the Capitol Riots

The new year has brought back memories of the Insurrection at the capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021. These riots took place in response to the election of Joe Biden in the 2020 Presidential Election. On January 6, 45th President Donald Trump hosted a rally in Washington D.C., protesting the result of the prior election. It soon turned into a full blown riot, with Trump supporters marching into the capitol building, bringing terror and destruction.

This riot was eventually brought to an end with the help of force. This day now feels like a bad dream, but the assault of our capitol is still fresh in the minds of many. It has also left many, especially those voting in the 2024 election, wondering — what’s next for our nation?

Despite being removed from his main platform, Twitter, on Jan. 8, 2021, Trump has attempted to retain a group of followers, and flags claiming “Trump 2024” are not uncommon. And for good reason. Polls show that among Republicans, 54% favor Trump for the next election. However, without his Twitter updates, lots of Republicans are left unaware of his future plans and policies, begging the question, who else might run for the Grand Old Party? Robert DeSantis, Governor of Florida, is another choice, but currently trails Trump significantly. Trump’s former Vice President, Mike Pence, is a possible candidate as well.

Our current President, Joe Biden, may or may not be able to run for reelection. After all, Biden is 79 today, meaning he would be going into his mid 80s if he served another term. There are other Democrat options to run, though. Vice President Kamala Harris is 57 and has served as a Senator of California before acting as Biden’s running mate. Pete Buttigieg is even younger, 39, and has served as Mayor of South Bend, Indiana. This is where he originally started his Presidential campaign, running in the 2020 election. Since then, Biden appointed him Secretary of Transportation, possibly solving the problem of not having enough experience to be a good president, which many accused him of.

It is too early to tell much about the next presidential election. One year after the Insurrection at the Capitol, much has changed, but much hasn’t. Time will tell whether Trump will be nominated once again by the Republican Party, or if someone else will take on the job. As for the Democrat party, the same question remains. Will Joe Biden be the choice, creating a rematch of the 2020 election, or will two new candidates step up to the plate?