After research-filled, highly targeted, and negative campaigns, the results of the 2016 Presidential Election stunned the world. But were these results really all that surprising? America was prepared for a change in policy and election projections were incorrect due to the fact that there existed many “under cover Trumpers”, whom voted their conscience but were not willing to openly admit their political beliefs for fear of condemnation. The 2016 Presidential Election results open many areas for research into the legitimacy of the Electoral College, civic engagement, and campaign strategies as well as raises concerns over the fear American people possessed in defending their political values.
The New York Times columnist David Brooks calls it “the greatest political shock of our lifetime.” At the end of August, it seemed as though Donald Trump was destined to fail in his bid to become the 45th President of the United States. After months of new revelations of sexual harassments and use of vulgar language, spectators of the political sport were almost certain that Secretary Clinton would win, and then that fateful day came. Everyone, including some of Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters were shocked at the outcome of the election, leaving many to ask how such a thing could happen. While still shocking, ideas and concepts learned in the Election the President seminar have helped to explain the process, the results, and even the candidates themselves.
When George Washington was elected President in 1789 by members of the fledgling United States of America, he was setting into motion a tradition that has stood the test of over 225 years - the presidential election. Even as the United States has seen dozens of wars, made hundreds of
Any president but Donald Trump There is much dissention and controversy surrounding the political opponents and the upcoming presidential election that will occur in November 2016. Many candidates, both Democrat and Republican, along with their supporters, are setting precedence with their abusive and abrasive behavior. In many instances they are disrespectful, dishonest, uncooperative, and un-American in their pursuit of the highest political office in our country. The most aggressive and unprofessional candidate of all is Donald Trump. When I’m president, I’m a different person. I can do anything,” he said. “I can be the most politically correct person you’ve ever seen.” In my opinion, this man does not belong in the white house and should not become the president of anything.
To the point where we take him at his word understanding that Trump is a negotiator whose positions are often purposefully deceptive, what he advocates is a rejection of our Madisonian inheritance and an embrace of Barack Obama’s authoritarianism. But conservatives have far more to learn from his campaign than many might like to admit. The Trump voter is moderate, disaffected, with patriotic instincts. He feels disconnected from the GOP and other broken public institutions, left behind by a national political elite that no longer believes he matters. Trump doesn’t go nearly as far as Nixon. Yet in an era
Trump v. Hilary: Finding Clarity in the Chaos As a barely twenty-year-old junior at a sheltered private college, I have to confess that it’s been very hard to conceptualize and realize the severity of the 2016 election. What started off as a race of what seemed like a million different candidates, the polls quickly zoned in on two candidates we could’ve never predicted to be the voting citizens’ final choice. It’s both overwhelming, and simple, deceitful, and truthful – this election seems to be full of contradictions and half truths, and the opaque nature of a once seemingly transparent media complicates matters further in an election that seems convoluted even on paper. Along with the legislative branch, the media itself has turned into a monster we never thought we’d have to wrangle. We are surrounded by propaganda, caricatures, and cartoons everywhere we turn, especially in print media like
The Future of America’s Relationship Between with Presidents Election night was a night of uncertainty. On November 8, 2016, half of America was left in complete shock when several mainstream media outlets reported Donald Trump as the new president-elect. Everyone wanted to know what the future of America would be. Numerous celebrities took to social media to encourage individuals to protest for what is right. Not only did African-Americans protest but so did whites and many other minorities. We fear that he will be very reckless with foreign leaders, enslave black people again, and also continue his rash comments via Twitter. Like many others in my community, I believe that anyone who thinks he is unfit to be president should continue to
As the media and the nation continue the process of normalizing the inevitable Donald Trump presidency and its policies, his dangerous rhetoric cannot be ignored. While he is historically unqualified and unlike any United States president in recent history, there must be a level of accountability for the words of an American
On a chilly November Tuesday in 2016, the United States made history. Following a divisive year and a half of vitriol, mudslinging, rallies, and protests which occasionally teetered into violence, an exhausted American people elected a president fundamentally different than any who had come before. The forty-fifth president has historically
How He Will Make America Great Again Donald Trump is a billionaire. This seems to be the characteristic that has made his whole “act” seem like a facade. Although he is generalized as a cocky, ignorant, boastful man, Trump’s book, Time To Get Tough, manages shows how much he really does know about politics and foreign policy. America is the land of opportunity, but over the past decade, America has not shown that we are, in fact, the land of opportunity. America is failing. Obama has produced the worst recovery from a recession since the Great Depression, worse than what every other president who has faced a recession has achieved since the Great Depression. America looks like a broken country, but Donald Trump has a plan to undue
How do two seemingly very different Americans both desire to become the leader of the greatest country? While Real Estate mogul Donald Trump and lawyer by trade Hillary Clinton have striking differences, they also share similarities. College students often find it difficult to become interested in politics. However, after the first few years’ students learn to become interested due to that affecting them more once they are in the “real world”. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are to prime examples. They are often compared because of their party affiliation, experience, and campaigning styles.
Myles Porter Professor Rick Armstrong English 12 12 October 2016 My Political Identity Confessing one 's political identity in 2016 truly embodies the phrase “walking on eggshells”. Whether you’re a liberal or conservative, owning up to your political resolutions sometimes comes with some intense backlash. In this years’ presidential election we have an intense candidate with very radical views, and if you don 't know who I’m talking about you should probably move from the rock you are living under. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has gained a immense popularity amongst not only the American public but Internationally as well. His chauvinist rhetoric, egotistical outlook, and how he continuously fabricates lies upon lies has truly brought him into the public eye. Hearing Trumps incredibly horrifying agenda makes me proud to admit that I am a Democrat, a solid liberal to be exact. As a solid liberal I believe in the power of the people and that means all people.Whether you are rich, poor, black, white, gay, or straight building and creating a nation that caters to people inherently means doing right by the economy and when we do well for the economy we do well for everyone.
On Tuesday, February 1, 2016: GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump held a campaign rally in Louisville, KY at the Kentucky International Convention Center. As political science minors, my friend and I seized upon the perfect opportunity to experience the upcoming 2016 presidential election firsthand and to also understand Donald Trump’s
Donald Trump was elected president of the United States of America on November 8th, 2016, and now has been running our country for over a year. As Trump’s first year in office slowly began, his reputation seems to be creating different outside views of our nation and arguments started producing everywhere. After competing with Hillary Clinton for the presidential term in office, Trump defeated her along with her democratic supporters causing one of the most shocking elections in U.S. history. Using public media web pages, we are reviewing both sides of the argument regarding Trump’s election and we are going to decipher why each arguer supports their side, and why each side is reasonable for the benefit of our country.
Donald’s Trump’s victory in the 2016 election is very complex. The political mishaps that have occurred since JFK’s presidency reshaped the American psyche of who the president should be. This chain of dissatisfaction with the federal government led the American people to hope for a president who is honest, free of corruption, and supportive of the middle class. Trump recognized the American need for a new kind of president and took on a persona that perfectly exemplified this. The Trump Mythology is the belief that Donald Trump is a transparent, honest politician; however, this is only part of the equation. Belief in the Trump Mythology contributed to his victory, but it is also important to acknowledge the respective roles of demographics, voter turnout, and Hillary Clinton’s flaws. An interesting difference between the Kennedy Mythology and the Trump Mythology that is worth noting is the role of the media. Throughout the Kennedy Era, popular media fed the people’s fascination of Kennedy’s Camelot, perpetuating the mythology. Donald Trump, however, was largely hated by popular culture. American media ultimately discounted Donald Trump as a viable contender for the presidency.