Donald Trump has won the 2016 Presidential Election
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Donald J. Trump
Hillary Clinton is the former Secretary of State, Senator from New York, and wife of former President Bill Clinton. During her time in politics, Clinton has faced many scandals, including the infidelity of her husband during his presidency, violence at a U.S. embassy in Benghazi during her time as Secretary of State, and this appalling attempt to dab and pander to young voters. Clinton was seen as the shoo-in Democratic candidate, but has run into some competition with fellow potential Democratic nominee, Bernie Sanders. Take a look at her stances and tell us what you think about her odds down below.
- Environmental Issues: Believes that global warming does exist and needs to be addressed through a transition to clean energy. Plans to generate enough renewable energy to power every home in the US ten years after being elected president.
- Social Issues: Stands with the pro-choice movement on abortion and is a strong supporter of the LGBTQ+ movement. While she is a supporter of the Second Amendment (right to bear arms), she also advocates for common sense gun regulations.
- Economic Issues: Believes she can grow the economy through an increase in private and public investment, a raise in the minimum wage, and a reforms on capital-gains tax rates to encourage long term investment.
- Healthcare: Plans to defend both the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and Planned Parenthood.
- Foreign Policy: Plans to uphold the Iran deal in order to prevent Iran from ever acquiring a nuclear weapon. Believes that partnership with countries surrounding ISIS in order to weaken the organization.
- Education: Has a plan (The New College Compact) to make college education more attainable and affordable for non-wealthy students. With this plan, the state and federal government will invest to ensure that students do not have to take on loans to pay for tuition, books, and fees to attend a four-year public college.
- Immigration: Promoter of naturalization and believes in expanding access to affordable health care to immigrant families. Plans to fight for immigration legislation with a path to full and equal citizenship for immigrants.
Food For Thought: Do you think Hillary is a viable presidential candidate? Do you think her scandals as Secretary of State make her a less appealing candidate? Is there room for another Clinton in the White House?
Still Hungry? Hillary Clinton
Donald Trump is an outspoken former reality television star and real estate mogul turned presidential candidate with a net worth of around 4.5 billion dollars. Known for his shockingly candid remarks (and for looking remarkably similar to an oversized oompa loompa), Trump has tapped into a large market of voters who are searching for politicians that don’t want to be politically correct. He thrives on controversy and his rallies are notoriously spirited. He also has a famous baseball cap for his campaign, which have spurred backlash.
- Environmental Issues: Does not believe in global warming and has suspicions that it was made up by Chinese scientists in order to make U.S. manufacturing less competitive.
- Social Issues: After years of advocating for the pro-choice movement, has declared himself to now be pro-life. He is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment (right to bear arms). He has famously declared that there should be a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States because of the recent terror attacks. Many also suspect his social polices in regards to women because of the derogatory remarks he has made to women in the past, such as famous Fox News reporter, Meghan Kelly. He also hesitated in condemning a known white supremacist. So there's that.
- Economic Issues: Believes taxes need to be lowered for the middle class and the tax code needs to be simplified. Wishes to lower the business rate to attract new business to the U.S.
- Healthcare: Believes that The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) needs to be repealed and replaced with a newly structured healthcare system.
- Foreign Policy: Has a big emphasis on American relations with China and wishes to become economically independent from the country. Believes that America has fallen from its place as a world power and plans to “Make America GreatAgain.”
- Education: Wishes to cut Common Core standards of education as a whole, and possibly the entire Department of Education. Wants to localize public education systems.
- Immigration: Wishes to build a wall to secure the southern U.S. border and that the Mexican government should pay for said wall. He has infamously stated the Mexico is allowing the drug dealers and rapists into the United States. He also states that Muslims should temporarily not be allowed in the United States because of recent terror attacks.
Food For Thought: Do you find Trump’s non-politically-correct nature refreshing or worrying? Why do you think Trump has such a large following? Is Trump simply too divisive to be president?
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The Libertarian Party's Nominee
The Green Party's Nominee
Former Governor Gary Johnson is the Libertarian candidate in the 2016 Presidential election. He is the former governor of New Mexico who is best known for his full support of the legalization of marijuana, his advocacy for a small government and a privatized health care system and a single consumption tax. He supports the LGBTQ community, doesn’t believe the federal government should have a hand in the education system and believes that climate change exists and that it is a problem exacerbated by human pollution. Johnson is hoping to gain the majority of votes from those unsure about supporting either Trump or Clinton on election day. For more info, here is his platform.
Dr. Jill Stein was a practicing physician until she became passionate about more than just helping people in one way. She has devoted her life to the preservation of the environment and its inhabitants, something the Green Party focuses heavily on. She has run for several political positions, in some elections she garnered even more votes than the mainstream party candidates. She has written two books and is a well known conservationist. She has a "Power to the People" plan wherein she plans to enact a "Green New Deal" (like FDR's New Deal during the Great Depression) which is supposed to aid the environment while also promoting peace and helping the economy. She wants to raise the minimum wage, improve medicare, make college free, protect LGBTQ+ people, end police brutality, and much more.
The Major Vice Presidential Candidates, Condensed
Hillary Clinton's Running Mate
Senator Tim Kaine: Senator Kaine is a long time Virginia politician (a competitive advantage for Clinton since Virginia is an important swing state). Despite his Catholic background and personal beliefs about issues such as abortion, Kaine is politically pro-choice. Although his moderate track record may not be enough to grab the attention of Bernie Sanders supporters, the Clinton campaign hopes that Kaine’s devout religious beliefs will be able to swing some evangelical voters and his ability to speak Spanish fluently will appeal to much needed hispanic voters.
Donald Trump's Running Mate
Governor Mike Pence: Governor Pence is broadly known as a traditional pro-life, evangelical, social conservative. He is most famous for his involvement in the passing of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The law basically stated that religious freedom can be used as a defense in court if an individual or corporation is being sued by a private party. Many saw this law as a “get out of jail free card” for people and businesses to widely discriminate, specifically against members of the LBGTQ+ community. In the face of the backlash, Pence was forced to revise the bill, outlawing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The Trump campaign hopes that Pence’s staunch conservatism will further aid him in his quest for socially conservative and evangelical voters.