A nation divided during the 2016 election

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters as he takes the stage for a campaign event in Dallas, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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During this last election, it was clear that our nation was divided. On one side you liberals fighting for open government, freedom for all, equality, and civil rights. On the other side of the spectrum, you have conservatives who are fighting for security, businesses, guns, and American citizens. Throughout the entire campaign, President-elect and Republican Nominee Donald Trump talked about “crooked Hillary Clinton” and Democratic Nominee and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the voters in favor of Donald Trump “deplorable.”

Throughout this entire election, both candidate’s behaviors can be described as a mud slinging contest against each other. Many times President-elect Trump would bring up the Hillary Clinton email scandal and on the same note Secretary Clinton would bring up Donald Trump’s lack of experience, and pending court cases. This election was unique in which one candidate was involved in civil trials and the other under investigation by the FBI. Neither one of the primary two candidates had a clean run as they were both involved in criminal and civil matters.

President-elect Trump constantly spoke out about China, Muslims, Mexican, and other minorities. Secretary Clinton addressed the LGBTQ community, refugees, and many other civil rights groups. An interesting part of this election was that Secretary Clinton used artists such as Katy Perry, Jay-Z, and Madonna to try and gain the attention of millennial’s which played a key role in this election cycle.

There were many events that caused this election to be affected including:

  1. The FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
  2. Donald J. Trump’s tape with derogatory sexual comments regarding women.
  3. Donald Trump’s pending court cases.
  4. Hillary Clinton becoming the first female nomination from a major party.
  5. WikiLeaks releasing emails.
  6. Hillary Clinton’s husband President Bill Clinton’s extramarital affairs.
  7. The letter from Director James Comey of the FBI days before the election.

It’s clear that many people were scared for themselves this election. The minorities and immigrants were nervous from Trump’s statements. Many Muslim’s were also scared about their future in this country if then Candidate Trump was elected. Donald Trump played on many citizens fears of terrorist attacks against this country. Business owners, oil companies, military members and veterans were nervous about Secretary Clinton’s plan for this country. It seems as though most of the time they were talking negatively about each other rather than addressing the issues that our country faces.

At the end of the election at Donald Trump’s acceptance speech as President-elect and Secretary Clinton’s concession speech, they both spoke regarding unity, bringing our country together and working together which was surprising to many as they had been fighting against each other for months. Many feel as though they could have gained votes earlier in the election by discussing the issues and not attacking each other’s character. Hillary Clinton was working together with Jill Stein, the Green Party nominee for a recount of votes in Wisconsin.  This is currently pending. On December 19, 2016, the electoral college will come together and cast their votes for the next President of the United States.

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