United States presidential election of 2016

This year, scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, will be the 58th quadrennial U.S. presidential election. This year, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are running for the democrats. Ted Cruz, John Kasich and Donald Trump are running for the republicans. In total, there have been 23 candidates running for the election in November, but most of them have dropped out. On the quiz you can take here, I matched with Hillary Clinton (93%) and Bernie Sanders (90%).

Gun Control
Should there be more restrictions on the current process of purchasing a gun? 46% says Yes and 54% says No. Among the republicans, however, 84% says No. On the republic side, it’s completely opposite, having 80% voting Yes. According to the site the different states vote quite equally, having some states rooting more for yes rather than no and vice versa.

Donald Trump could easily have been a candidate in Europe, but Europeans might be a bit more prone to suggested violence. As seen in the video, Trump encourages his followers to induce violence to fellow American citizens. He frequently expresses racist and mean comments based on race, religion or nation. I would never vote for Donald Trump, and if he was a candidate in Europe, I believe he would lose. (Fun fact: if you enter the URL Loser.com you will be redirected to Donald Trump’s Wikipedia page.)

I chose to follow Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders from the democratic side. One of Hillary’s best tweet:

Hillary Clinton Best Tweets

In this tweet, she is obviously opposing Donald Trump’s quote from a while back where he stated he wanted to build a wall around The United States of America.

Bernie Sanders also has a great tweet regarding the issues of war and PTSD. An extremely important topic regarding the importance of the trauma soldiers experiences during warfare.

Bernie Sanders Best Tweets

I chose Donald Trump and Ted Cruz from the republican side. Here “best” tweet I found.

Donald trump tweet

The image for the democrats is a donkey while the image for the republicans is an elephant. The now-famous Democratic donkey was first associated with Democrat Andrew Jackson’s 1828 presidential campaign. His opponents called him a jackass (a donkey), and Jackson decided to use the image of the strong-willed animal on his campaign posters. Later, cartoonist Thomas Nast used the Democratic donkey in newspaper cartoons and made the symbol famous.

Nast invented another famous symbol—the Republican elephant. In a cartoon that appeared in Harper’s Weekly in 1874, Nast drew a donkey clothed in lion’s skin, scaring away all the animals at the zoo. One of those animals, the elephant, was labeled “The Republican Vote.” That’s all it took for the elephant to become associated with the Republican Party.

Democrats today say the donkey is smart and brave while Republicans say the elephant is strong and dignified

The Democratic logo:
Democrats logo

The Republican logo:
Republican logo

Delegate is the title of a person elected to the United States House of Representatives to serve the interests of an organized United States territory, at present only overseas or the District of Columbia, but historically in most cases in a portion of North America as precursor to one or more of the present states of the union. Delegates have powers similar to that of Representatives, including the right to vote in committee, but have no right to take part in the floor votes in which the full house actually decides whether the proposal is carried.

How many delegates do the candidates need?
Hillary needs approximately 2383 pledged delegates for a majority and the same goes for Bernie Sanders. Donald Trump will need 1237 delegates to secure the nomination. Ted Cruz and John Kasich will also need the support of 1237 delegates.

I chose the article US Election Campaign: A slug fest like no other published by Kuwait Times. They write about how Trump’s rallies often end in violence and how he induces it. In addition, they also write how he mocks the other candidates. The second article I chose was US Election 2016: Obama warns about campaign anger. This article focuses a lot of the same things; violence and abusive behaviour. Obama said candidates should not resort to “insults” and “certainly not violence against other Americans”.

If I was an American I would vote Hillary Clinton, partly because according to the quiz we took (I got Clinton), but also because I agree with Hillary’s views and meanings.

Sources found here:

http://annmichaelsen.com/2016/03/14/teaching-american-politics-what-is-the-story-behind-donald-trump/

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8 thoughts on “United States presidential election of 2016

  1. Hey, this is Calvin from Canada. I really liked your article on the American Election, in fact I did one myself! Mine is in French and would be hard for you to understand. I really like the concept of showing the history of the parties, but if you would show some statistics about the candidates it may put the campaigns in perspective.

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  2. Fansastic post! You seem to know way more about the US election than I do and I’m their next door neighbors. (I’m from Canada). After reading this I did learn a few things about the election for example the Parties had emblems like the donkey and the elephant. Since Trump is leading in the polls, What do you think his first action as president will be if he wins? Keep up the excellent work!

    -Braden from Canada

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    1. I think Donald Trump will attempt to build a wall around the U.S and force all muslims in the country to wear a badge to state that they follow that religion. Personally I root more for the democrats than the republicans and I truly don’t hope that Donald Trump will win.

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      1. Honestly Will, that sounds like Hitler and is totally against the American Constitution. By the way I know how you did your magic trick.

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