Matt here, and this week we’re getting you up-to-date on the American presidential election! Since this year’s contest has resembled a crazy, over-the-top reality TV show in more ways than one, we thought we’d start with a reality-style recap of the events so far:
Previously, on “Who Wants to Run America?” … America was divided into two teams: Team Republican and Team Democrat. Each team had to pick one member to run for election in November and earn a chance to win the ultimate prize: a four-year stay in the glamorous White House, along with the responsibility of leading the entire country.
For Team Democrat it came down to two choices: Hillary Clinton — who’s a bit like the returning contestant from a previous series that you don’t really think deserves another chance, but you end up rooting for them because they’re still playing a far better game than anyone else — and Bernie Sanders, the one who’s logical, rational, sane, and whom no one will vote for because he just doesn’t make for very good TV. Ultimately, Team Democrat went with the easy choice and nominated Hillary Clinton.
Team Republican put forth many competent and capable candidates, along with failed business mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump — who’s pretty much the contestant that everyone keeps voting through in the early rounds because we’re all having a laugh, but suddenly he’s at Judges’ Houses and Sharon Osbourne is putting him through to the finals and you’re thinking, “HAS THE WHOLE WORLD GONE INSANE?!?” Unfortunately, Team Republican realized their mistake too late in the game and were stuck nominating Trump.
Now, as America rolls into the last few weeks before the big Clinton vs. Trump finale, let’s turn it over to Kat for an update on recent developments:
If it wasn’t for the fact that this is actually a highly important presidential election, this could be a mildly entertaining reality show or a prank gone bad.
The first debate between the two presidential hopefuls included typical topics such as taxes, foreign policies & war, but no one was prepared for Clinton calling out Trump for fat-shaming former Miss Universe Alicia Machado in 1996. Of course it didn’t end there, after the debate the following was posted via Clinton’s Twitter account (click photo to watch video):
Trump, who was obviously still angry about Clinton bringing up something that occurred many years ago, went on a Twitter rant that started around 3am. He also called in to the Fox News show Fox and Friends later that morning to continue ranting about Machado & Clinton.
Both candidates have been caught up in various scandals during this election year. Clinton has been in hot water for “mistakenly” using a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State. On Friday the State Department released another set of emails that were collected by the F.B.I. as part of this ongoing investigation.
Just when you think things couldn’t get any crazier, it gets crazier. On Friday, The Washington Post published an article that included a video of Trump making lewd comments about women during a conversation that was caught on a hot mic. In the video (from 2005) the newly married Trump, who was getting ready to tape a segment with Access Hollywood about his cameo on the daytime soap Days of Our Lives, was heard bragging about groping, trying to have sex with a married woman and kissing women without permission. At one point he said, “And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.” The audio was caught while Trump and then Access Hollywood host Billy Bush were chatting on the entertainment show’s bus. Although this has caused many Repulican leaders to withdraw their support of Trump, he refuses to walk away from the campaign.
While the controversy did end up hurting Trump in the polls, particularly among female voters, the election is still up for grabs, and with two more debates scheduled before Election Day on November 8th, anything could happen. Be sure to check back with us after the election — unless Trump wins, in which case we’re both moving to the UK.