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2016 Presidential Election: WTF

Election Year 2016: WTF?

The 2016 election year was a historical one. For the first time since George Washington, the United States has elected a president with zero political experience; and at 70 years old, Trump is the oldest president ever elected, usurping that title from fellow Republican, Ronald Regan. It truly was the Year of the Donald. Many Americans might describe 2016 as surreal. What do you think?

“MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN”

Photo by Gage Skidmore
Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the Prescott Valley Event Center in Prescott Valley, Arizona.
Donald J. Trump formally announced his candidacy on June 16, 2015 with a campaign rally held at Trump Tower, New York City.

Platform: renegotiate trade deals; return jobs to America; create a less expensive healthcare system; save Social Security; end Common Core; fully support the Second Amendment; build a stronger military, and defeat ISIS; tighten up immigration laws; and construct a great wall along our southern border.

WTF: talk of creating Syrian refugee and Muslim registries initiated the Trump/Hitler comparison that blew up the media; he openly opined that Mexicans coming into America, by and large are rapists and drug dealers; refusal to release his tax returns called into question Trump’s already dodgy character; “locker room talk” audio dating back to 2005 was released, shortly followed by rape a child accusation, and statements of inappropriate conduct backstage of the Miss America pageants.

 

“STRONGER TOGETHER”

By Gage Skidmore
Hillary Rodham Clinton held her campaign launch on June 13, 2015 in New York City, Roosevelt Island.

Platform: policy proposals to rewrite the tax code so it rewards investments in America; offer incentives to companies that provide fair profit shares to their employees; develop renewable power, and build cleaner power plants; make college tuition affordable for everyone; provide paths to citizenship to law-abiding immigrants; and ban discrimination against LGBT Americans.

WTF: though she was found inculpable, Clinton has not been able to escape blame for the deaths in Benghazi, a topic brought up often during the debates; the 30,000 plus emails she sent through her personal email account also followed her to the debates, although she was cleared of wrong-doing by the FBI; speculations of a cover-up regarding Clinton’s health brought into question her ability to hold office; the controversy over Donna Brazile allegedly sharing a debate question with Clinton in advance caused the severance of Brazile from the DNC.

 

“IT’S IN OUR HANDS”

Video Screenshot from YouTube of Jill Stein announcing her candidacy.
Jill Stein announced her presidential campaign on June 22, 2015 during her appearance on the news program, Democracy Now! A physician from Massachusetts, Stein is a human rights activist long affiliated with the Green Party; she first ran for president in 2012.

Platform: “A Green New Deal,” which references Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal,” is a stimulus package addressing financial and environmental crises; make investments in renewable energies; and advocate for a path to citizenship for immigrants.

WTF: anti-vaxxers seem to love her, though she is quite ambiguous when asked directly about her view on vaccinating; an arrest warrant was issued for Stein because she protested the North Dakota pipeline with the Standing Rock Sioux.

 

“OUR BEST AMERICA YET”

Former Governor Gary Johnson speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the Phoenix Airport Marriott in Phoenix, Arizona.
Photo by Gage Skidmore
Gary Johnson, former Governor of New Mexico and Libertarian announced his candidacy during an interview on the Fox Business Network program, Coast to Coast on January 6, 2016.

Platform: support the “Fair Tax” reform proposal, which would eliminate personal federal and corporate income tax, and replace this system with a national consumption tax; support free markets and capitalist economics, and free trade; defends the Second Amendment; defend a woman’s right to choose, but oppose late-term and partial birth abortions; in favor of the “Don’t ask don’t tell” repeal; and continue to support same-sex marriage.

WTF: Aleppo? World leaders? Current events? Johnson’s got nothing; a proponent of marijuana legalization, he faked a heart attack during a CPAC marijuana debate after opponent Anne Marie Buerkle made the claim that one’s risk of heart attack increases after smoking.

 

Signs in support of Donald Trump and Governor Mike Pence
by Gage Skidmore

At the end of election night, Hillary Clinton was awarded 232 electoral votes to Donald Trump’s 306. Clinton delivered her concession speech the Wednesday morning following election night. She called on her supporters to be open-minded about Donald Trump, and to keep working toward the America they seek—a fairer America, a better America, a stronger America.

 

Sign at a campaign rally for Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Photo by Gage Skidmore

 

Donald Trump’s victory sparked the Not My President movement, and inspired Green Party candidate Jill Stein to raise some seven million dollars to fund a recount in the states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, arguing that the voting machines in these states were vulnerable to hacking. No evidence of wrong-doing was produced. So, Donald Trump is in fact your president.

 

 

On January 20, 2017 Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America.