22 Times The 2016 Presidential Election Was A Dumpster Fire

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0. President Trump: We Red, White and Blew It

It’s a good thing this slide is 0, because we’ve hit rock bottom. Against all odds, on Tuesday night, Donald Trump won the presidency of the United States. After spending weeks saying the election was rigged in anticipation of his own loss, Trump was fine with accepting his win. Though the jury’s currently still out on the popular vote, he has the majority in the electoral college, and that is what counts. Not unlike the 2000 election, it may be that Clinton does keep the popular vote, but her opponent will still have the presidency.

The victory was astounding for many reasons. While Hillary Clinton winning would’ve been an historic occasion because she would’ve been the first female president, Trump’s win is historic in its own way. It’s like living in a by-gone era. It’s difficult to reconcile electing a president who demeans women’s bodies, spews unapologetic hatred about people of colourdenies global warming, and lies like it’s his job in the age of the internet with the year 2016. But it is 2016, and it happened.

With a Republican majority in the House and Senate, the next four years will be shaped by Trump. So it’s up to Americans to stand up for each other and make sure that hatefulness does not spread. The house may be on fire, but it doesn’t mean that you have to let each other burn.

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