Ali vs Frazier. Army vs Navy. Clinton vs Trump. These will be forever known as the biggest rivalries of all time. On November 8th, 2016, the two political titans, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, will face each other one last time as America casts its votes. A new president will be decided. A new era will begin. Who will remain victorious? This was one of the most covered elections of all time. Viewership, as well as online viewership, was off the charts. Here were some of the key events:
Republicans Vie for Nomination
The Republican party hosted one of the largest fields of candidates this year, with 16 announcing their intention to run for president. The final four included Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, and Donald Trump. These four battled ferociously, trading blows and insults throughout the Republican debates. “Little Marco”, “Lyin’ Ted”, and questions about anything ranging from wives to small hands took center stage. The only way this could have been more entertaining is if it was debated in the style of Indian television.
Trump Sparks Controversy With Muslims, Latinos
One of the most controversial statements was Trump’s call for a wall to be built between the United States and Mexico (with Mexico, of course, footing the bill). With this, he also tossed out an attack on Mexicans that will forever be remembered:
When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems to us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.
With this, he also called for a total ban on Muslims entering the United States, as well as mosque-monitoring and other Islamophobic initiatives.
Clinton vs Sanders was the Equivalent of Clinton vs Trump Before It Was Cool
Hillary Clinton grappled with Bernie Sanders in the run up to her nomination for the Democratic Party ticket. The two were quite evenly matched. Sanders’s policy hit home especially well with young, educated voters looking for a change in Washington. He would later go on to support Clinton, sharply criticizing Trump. His supporters reluctantly agree with him, turning Clinton’s #ImWithHer to #GirlIGuessImWithHer.
First Clash: Clinton vs Trump
One of the lighter moments of the first debate, Trump’s sniffing
The first presidential debate was one of the most watched televised events in history. During the 90 minutes, many issues were discussed. Some of these highlights included:
- Clinton pressing Trump on his verbal attacks on women
- The fight between who had the better temperament
- Trump taking the bait from Clinton on issues such as Birtherism
- Trump slammed for not releasing tax returns, Clinton slammed for not releasing emails
Ken Bone and the Second Presidential Debate
No handshakes this time. Gloves were off for sure. A town-hall format was used in the second debate, and the first portion talked a lot about Trump’s remarks about women. These caught up to him with a hot mic recording of him with Billy Bush. He got caught on tape making lewd remarks about women, including remarks about non-consensual moves. This was a hot topic of the debates, where Trump dismissed as “locker room talk”. Since then, many women came out with their own Donald Trump accusations, which Trump threatened to sue.
Trump fired back at Clinton, going head-first into the emails, even suggesting that he would put out a special prosecution team to investigate her email scandal. And one final highlight was Ken Bone, the smiling sweater-clad undecided voter. Politely asking a question about energy needs and climate change, he captured the hearts of millions, turning into an internet sensation overnight.
One Last Chance
The final presidential debate kicked off, and it ended as we’d all expect. With one more dirty fight. Trump denied the sexual assault allegations and denounced the election was rigged (though Obama disagrees). But the biggest highlights? Trump went on to call Clinton a “nasty woman”, and didn’t guarantee he would accept the election results if he loses. After this, even more controversy came up with the FBI investigating and subsequently clearing a Clinton email investigation.
It has been a crazy year, for sure, and we hope it will all settle down soon. Hopefully, the future will be brighter for America no matter who is elected. But one thing is for sure: Clinton vs Trump will be remembered as one of the landmark events in all of American, if not world, history.