The 2016 US presidential race has been a very good source of entertainment, combining comedy, drama and horror. If you haven’t been following the action, now would be a good time to start!
Right from the get go, each of the respective candidates promised it would be an eventful ride and they didn’t disappoint. From Donald Trump declaring his grand plans to build a wall on the border of the US and Mexico to Hillary Clinton’s email scandal, the entire campaign has been filled with political blunders.
Trump in particular has been a fascinating subject. Utilising his Twitter and Instagram accounts to great effect, he has propelled himself into the limelight with his very vocal, often uninformed viewpoints. And it has been fascinating to see how 140 characters can create such an impact that they warrant headlining on the biggest news channels around the world.
But how does the one-time punchline on late night talk shows become a serious presidential nominee?
His campaign mantra ‘Make America great again’ is said to be what attracts his voters, with the notion that he and only he can restore America to her former glory as his main selling point. His statements to build walls, grow jobs, ban certain religious faiths is what has appealed to the voters in light of growing security concerns and low economic growth.
One has to give him an exponential amount of credit for this achievement. For an outsider to enter the political arena and drop heavyweights out of the race like flies is a feat in itself. And his ability to remain in the spotlight through any means possible has to make you wonder whether his unscripted gaffes aren’t really gaffes at all, but very well planned marketing ploys.
So come early November, will the marketing ‘genius’ that is Donald Trump have successfully wielded his social media prowess to put him in the White House? Well, at the time of writing this article he currently leads Hillary in the opinion polls.
Just for kicks here are some of his most (in)famous quotes*:
“An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a fraud”
“I will build a great wall – and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me – and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists… And some, I assume, are good people.”
“The beauty of me is that I’m very rich.”
“I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”
“My fingers are long and beautiful, as, it has been well documented, are various other parts of my body.”
“I think the only difference between me and the other candidates is that I’m more honest and my women are more beautiful.”
“I have never seen a thin person drinking Diet Coke.”
For a little more context into how a Trump follower thinks, you can do worse than this interesting conversation on the podcast ‘Beautiful Anonymous’ between comedian Chris Gethard (the host) a Hillary supporter, and an anonymous Trump supporter.
*Source: http://bit.ly/2alnkle05.08.16 Archive