Recently, it was announced that Joe Biden secured enough electors to become the next President of the United States. The New Students for a Democratic Society is immensely relieved to see a brazen racist like Trump removed from the Oval Office. We also are soberly aware that this is the result of the people's movements first and foremost, rather than Biden’s career as a politician. Though the White House's history of racism and injustice existed before Trump and will not be solved by Biden, we are happy to claim victory in the defeat of Trump in this immediate moment. We are also wary that the fight is not over: Trump has refused to concede and leave office and his campaign has issued legal challenges in multiple states, in hopes of using the Supreme Court to overturn the results. But it will be far from easy for him: the people have spoken, and the peoples' movements are going to see him out. We will continue to move students in that fight. Furthermore, we are determined to keep organizing for pro-people policies under a Biden administration and to stay on the first line of defense of the peoples' movements.

SDS has a long history of fighting Trump in the streets. This is what enables us to claim this victory as our own as well as that of the peoples' movements. We out-organized Trump's white supremacist base and disrupted, protested, and even cancelled the speaking events at numerous campuses of Trump-supporting racist figures such as Milo Yiannopolous, Richard Spencer (before he flipped), and Ben Shapiro, at schools like the University of California Davis, University of Utah, University of Houston, and more, killing national speaking tours before they began. We organized for over four years against several of Trump's attacks, including the repeal of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Muslim ban, and the attacks on immigrants, to name just a few. We are thrilled to see Trump go and will hold Biden to his recent promise to reverse these executive orders by organizing protests. This is because we are aware that these have only been raised as political platform issues due to activism, the same reason that community control of the police was raised at the presidential debates.

The American people have suffered immeasurably during this administration. Trump not only failed to provide effective testing, protections, and increased healthcare with which to fight the virus; he actively cheered on the spread of the virus and undermined scientists and doctors, discouraged mask-wearing, minimalizing testing, and ultimately causing the deaths of over 240,000 people. This number disproportionately features African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Latinos, and other oppressed groups and is still counting. Alongside the pandemic also came an economic disaster, with tens of millions of people unemployed, over 30% of Americans unable to pay rent, and multiple failures to extend unemployment benefits and provide stimulus plans.

Finally, when Black Americans and millions of people rose up in the wake of the death of George Floyd, Trump cheered on white supremacist shooter Kyle Rittenhouse who killed Black Lives Matter protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He famously refused to denounce white supremacy at the first presidential debate of 2020. Empowered by this, Trump supporters and right-wingers have been bolder than ever, driving their cars into protesters; Republican politicians like Governor Ron DeSantis in Florida are rushing bills to ban protests entirely. To get Trump out of office will be a huge boon to the peoples' movements and take the wind out of these white supremacists' sails.

But Biden’s victory should never have been this close. Despite the unmitigated PR disaster that was Trump’s response to the COVID 19 pandemic, the Democrats still failed to gain control of the Senate and lost seats in the House of Representatives, primarily of centrist incumbents. Without control of Congress and with a solid 6-3 conservative majority Supreme Court, we are looking at a continued gridlock and little chance that the Biden administration will take meaningful action to reform our broken healthcare system, mass unemployment, soaring rent, and the rampant police violence in America.

Moreover, the fact is that many of the evils of the Trump presidency were inherited, after many years of the US government selling us out to Wall Street. Donald Trump inherited border cages, killer cops, murder drones, skyrocketing drug prices, youth jails, homeless and starving Americans, and the brutal repressive tactics from his supposedly “refined and progressive” predecessor. While we despise Trump, we refuse to become complacent under the presidency of a man who has insulted Black Americans, insisted that he will never defund the police, will never ban hydrofracking, and does not support the Green New Deal, National Single-Payer Healthcare, or ending mass incarceration and the War on Drugs. We cannot turn a blind eye to endless wars, mass deportation, and the endless deaths brought about by imperialist US foreign policy brought about under the corporate Democrats' watch, simply because the perpetrator acts with civility.

We have worked hard to organize students in the movements to oppose Trump. It is no small thing for millions of people all over the world to hold uprisings in the wake of the Minneapolis PD's murder of George Floyd. And the people’s mandate is clear: Trump is out of office and he is out of time. SDS will continue to organize and see Trump out the door, to win concessions from Biden's administration and pressure him for meaningful policies, and to put political power where it belongs: in the hands of the people.