On Reconnek, immigrants are preparing for the Harris-Pence Vice presidential debate.

Darlene Kalila
2 min readNov 8, 2020

The United States has faced an extraordinary set of challenges in 2020. Foreign election interference, an impeachment trial, a global health pandemic, natural disasters, economic instability, mass protests and civil unrest have plagued the country. Against this backdrop, President Donald Trump has intensified his rhetoric undermining the electoral process, stating that “the only way we’re going to lose this election is if this election is rigged.” Add a dose of intense political polarization and a potentially close election and we have a recipe for yet another disaster before the end of the year. No wonder a majority of Americans do not have confidence the election will be conducted fairly, according to recent polling from NBC/Survey Monkey.

Meantime, Kamala Harris and Mike Pence are scheduled to face off in the first and only general election vice presidential debate of 2020. The debate comes days after the presidential election was upended with President Donald Trump’s announcement that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for coronavirus. Trump spent three days hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center, but later returned to the White House. Pence was in frequent close contact with Trump last week, but has repeatedly tested negative. Harris will only be the fourth woman to participate in a general election debate at the presidential or vice presidential level, and she is the first woman of color to do so. H

Immigrants on Reconnek have predicted that even if Biden loses and Trump Harris wins the elections, Harris will still be Vice president. During the debate, she will be a tougher opponent for Pence than Tim Kaine was four years ago. For two reasons. One, because of her background as a prosecutor. Immigrants on Reconnek think that will be perfected. And two, because the stakes are higher. The Commission on Presidential Debates said it was taking additional health and safety precautions at the debate, including using plexiglass, in the wake of Trump’s positive diagnosis so as not to contaminate immigrants on Reconnek.

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Darlene Kalila

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