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The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

Re-visit the key events in the race that divided America, as seen from both sides of the aisle.

By Rachel Segal
How the Democrats See It
How the Republicans See It
April 26, 2016
Clinton announces her presidential run

Ending two years of speculation, Clinton announces her bid for the presidency, building excitement and hope among women, girls, minorities and the underprivileged that opportunities exist for their voices to be heard.  As a former senator, secretary of state and presidential candidate, her political experience and insight are unparalleled, unquestionably making her the most qualified candidate of either party.

Clinton is not only an untrustworthy candidate but she represents the worst of Washington insiders. Voters won’t forget her trail of secrecy, scandal and acting as if she is above the law. There’s no question that she’s just an extension of the Obama administration and will continue to neglect the working and middle class of America in favor of elitism and globalism.

June 16, 2016
Trump announces his presidential run

Trump running for U.S. president is a joke. He and his ego should stick to reality television and real estate instead of becoming an unwelcome distraction for other experienced and esteemed candidates.  If he does miraculously become the Republican candidate, at least he’ll give Clinton an easy win.

Trump’s presidential bid comes at a time when Americans need change. There’s no fresher, more invigorating candidate to make America great again than Trump. Not only is he a successful businessman, but he’s also a Washington outsider who tells it like it is. While not all Republicans endorse him, they appreciate that such a wide range of views demonstrates real democracy. Plus, he may be the party’s best chance of winning.

July 5, 2016
FBI ends Clinton email probe

Proving that Clinton was nothing more than careless, which was obvious from the beginning, the FBI finally ends its unjustified witch hunt of her use of private email servers while secretary of state. In recommending that no charges be filed, they came to their senses. It’s unfair that this unwelcome and unnecessary investigation has put a shadow over her campaign.

The FBI clearing Clinton makes no difference in the public’s opinion of her. She is deceitful and untrustworthy, and this never-ending controversy speaks for itself. The investigation should have disqualified her from being president, a message that Trump shares directly with the public via Twitter. His knack for bypassing the media by taking to social media is just one more way that Trump shows his savvy and that he can easily relate to the public.

July 21, 2016
Trump accepts Republican nomination

Trump’s speech accepting the Republican nomination was pure demagoguery and a fearful sign of what’s to come if he’s elected. He didn’t just talk of nationalism but of a broken, poverty-stricken and violent America that only he alone can fix.  His version of America is unrecognizable, which makes it seem like he and his party are delusional.

Trump accepting the Republican nomination is a very welcome antidote for Clinton’s cronyism, Washington and Wall Street. Trump’s portrayal of himself as a strongman who can crush the violence ruining America is encouraging at a time when devastating race-related ambushes on police are creating fear across the nation

July 28, 2016
Clinton accepts Democratic nomination

In a moment of great reckoning and pride, Clinton makes history as the first female major party nominee for president. Americans need such an experienced force to restore and strengthen national unity.

Clinton lacks judgement and is cold and indifferent to America’s working class. Her acceptance speech, just like her campaign, contained no real message of substance and only relied on clichés and empty rhetoric.

August 17, 2016
Trump overhauls his campaign

That Trump is reshaping his campaign yet again shows just how weak a candidate he is and a sure sign that he’ll lose the race. Hiring the extremist right-wing hatemonger and politically inexperienced Stephen K. Bannon as his new campaign manager is a real shock. It’s also a little worrisome as the former leader of Breitbart News, which angrily denunciates government, Democrats, big business and mainstream journalists, will give voice and legitimacy to Trump’s base of angry, working-class white-supremacist voters.

Trailing in the polls, Trump boldly shakes up his campaign by promoting Stephen K. Bannon and Kellyanne Conway. This move stirs controversy among the Republican party, which dislikes Bannon for his rumored promotion of anti-Semitic, Islamophobic and racist content while helming Breitbart News. Despite their concern, Republicans trust that Trump knows what he’s doing with his appointment of Bannon. Voters, however, see Trump’s pick as yet another example of how Trump refuses to conform to conventional politics and, instead, use out-of-the-box thinking.

September 10, 2016
Hillary publicly calls Trump Supporters ‘Deplorables’

Clinton deserves no flack for rightfully differentiating Trump supporters who are racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic and Islamophobic. Perhaps it was not the best move strategically, but Republicans are hypocrites for criticizing her for showing a lack of political correctness while constantly praising Trump for doing the same thing.

Insulting Trump voters is a blatant reminder to voters that Clinton fails to connect with blue-collar Americans. Her “basket of deplorables” metaphor shows disrespect for Republican voters and a clear lack of understanding as to what hardships they currently face in their lives and what they are looking for in their new president

September 26 - October 19
The Presidential Debates

In the most-watched presidential debate in American history, an estimated 84 million viewers tuned in to watch a prepared Clinton successfully bait and fluster Trump with charges of sexism, racism and tax avoidance. During the subsequent second and third presidential debates, Clinton continues to prove her stamina and intellect against Trump’s unprofessional tactics, including introducing women who claimed they were sexually harassed by Bill Clinton, calling Hillary a “nasty woman,” and threatening to jail her if he wins, all to deflect attention away from his embarrassing lack of knowledge of politics and economics.

While Trump comes off as aggressive, meandering and unprepared at times throughout the three presidential debates, his improvisatory style is welcome to viewers in contrast to Clinton’s uninspiring performances. While responsibly taking the heat for sexually inappropriate comments he made, Trump wisely and successfully manages to pivot attention to America’s real problems, like preserving and growing American jobs and the need to reduce repeal Obamacare and reduce inner-city crime. Despite falling for some of Clinton’s digs, he shows viewers and others in the Republican party that he represents today’s Republican party.

October 2
NYT reveals Trump’s 1995 tax returns

Publishing Trump’s 1995 tax return, NYT shows voters that Trump’s 1995 business losses were so large that he could’ve avoided paying taxes for 18 years, disproving his business success and highlighting non-transparency. It’s infuriating that Trump continues to get away with skirting critical issues by claiming “fake news” every time an article appears that does not portray him to his liking.

In releasing Trump’s 1995 tax return without permission, the NYT proved to American voters be an extension the dishonest Clinton campaign. With such continuous and obvious media bias against Trump, his attack against them is understandable and justifiable.

October 7, 2016
Wikileaks leaks Clinton campaign emails

The Russian-backed Wikileaks’ dump of tens of thousands of stolen emails illegally hacked from Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta’s account provide an unprecedented window into her presidential run. Though frustrating that she has to deal with this obstacle, it may not hurt her considering that her emails are old news and given the amount and degree of daily scandals that continue to befall the Trump team.

Wikileaks should be celebrated for releasing emails that contain insightful information that  a presidential candidate is trying to hide. The organization did an important public service by revealing some of Clinton’s paid speeches, which show how truly disconnected she is from the America she claims to represent.

October 7, 2016
Video with Trump discussing groping women

The release of this tape does American voters a favor by showing Donald Trump’s misogynistic, chauvinistic and horrific views of women and his sense of warped entitlement. He should not be president, and even those voters and politicians who support him cannot be okay with his attitude and behavior toward women.

While all Republicans have rebuked Trump over his lewd comments about his offensive treatment of women, some ask him to drop out of the race. But Trump didn’t invent sex scandals in Washington and, in his public apology, rightfully brings up Bill Clinton’s past, reminding voters that while he’s only guilty of lewd comments, the former president has actually abused women.

October 28, 2016
FBI renews Clinton email probe

The FBI’s vague letter about re-opening their investigation into Clinton’s emails is ill-timed and casts a shadow over the upcoming election that is mere days away. It’s also totally unnecessary as it came about by chance while investigating an online relationship between a teenage girl and Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin, which was totally unrelated to Clinton. The American people deserve an explanation into what feels like a deliberate attempt by the FBI to meddle with the election outcome.

Finally, in the nick of time, the beacon of truth comes out. The FBI’s decision is to renew their investigation into Clinton’s emails, and how her carelessness in sending them from a private server has risked national security, is welcome. This it will end with justice finally being done and with Clinton ending up in jail where she belongs instead of in the White House.

November 9, 2016
Donald Trump elected U.S. president

This painful election outcome has shockingly defied nearly all of the national polls and predictions. It’s a heart-breaking, scary day in America today, with a Republican senate, house and Donald Trump presidency.

Trump’s election victory is a surprise to liberals and even the mainstream media, which just goes to show how detached most of the country was until the last moment. This victory is not only exciting but also liberating. Finally, after eight years of politically correct talk but no drastic change, Washington and America will see action that puts the American people


Images and credits

Pic 1: Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Pic 2: Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Pic 3: FBI Director Comey Testifies To House Committee On FBI Recommendation Not To Prosecute Clinton Over Private Email Server (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Pic 4: Donald Trump and Mike Pence at RNC (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Pic 5: Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine at DNC (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Pic 6: Kellyanne Conway and Stephen Bannon (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)

Pic 7: A Trump supporter poses for a picture with a ‘Caution Deplorables Crossing!’ sign while waiting in line to hear President Donald Trump speak at a rally in Kentucky. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Pic 8: during the Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016 in Hempstead, New York.  The first of four debates for the 2016 Election, three Presidential and one Vice Presidential, is moderated by NBC’s Lester Holt. (Photo by Drew Angerer/ Getty)

Pic 9: Activists in cities across the nation are marching today to call on Donald Trump to release his tax returns. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

Pic 10: Wikileaks (Photo Illustration by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Pic 11: Activists rally during a protest against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for his ‘treatment of women’ in front of Trump Tower on October 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Pic 12: Hillary Clinton (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Pic 13: President Trump sworn in as US president (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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