Friday, 12 August 2016

Trump might be the devil but Clinton is no Saint (Bad meets Bad)

      The American 2016 presidential election has been by far the most "unusual" presidential election in recent American history. The primaries are over, the conventions have ended, and November 8 is ever closer. The candidates in the two main political parties have narrowed from seventeen in the Republican side to just one (Donald Trump) and from four in the Democrats side to just one (Hillary Clinton). The big question now becomes who would win the election come November 8.
    The reason why this election is so unusual is that never in recent history, have both candidates had such high unfavorable ratings. Now most of you are asking if they were not liked how then did they win their respective primaries. This is because according to Gallup  42% of Americans identify as independents, while 26% identify as Republicans and 29% identify as Democrats. This simply means that a majority of Americans do not participate in the primaries and therefore a small percentage of Americans are needed to clinch the nomination ticket in the primaries. This still does not explain why both candidates are being viewed highly unfavorably as there have been high number of independents in past presidential elections. To understand the reason why both candidates are viewed so unfavorably let’s look at the individual candidates:

Trump: He is an American business man, television personality, author and now the 2016 Republican nominee for president of the United states. He became famous in politics when he started questioning the legitimacy of President Obama (the first African American president of the United States), claiming he was not a natural born citizen of the country and therefore had no right to be president. The controversy surrounding Trump started when he announced his candidacy for president, he made some racist comments about Mexican immigrants saying "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 with [them]. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.", he also promised to build a wall in their southern borders to prevent these illegal immigrants. The media and indeed a lot of Americans pushed back on the statement calling him a racist and some businesses organisations including NASCAR, NBC Macy's cut ties with the billionaire.
      His controversies got worse during the republican debate where he defended his hash rhetoric on women saying he only refereed to Rosie O'Donnell. He also attacked Megan Kelly the moderator  who asked him the question calling her a bimbo, a lightweight,he also in an interview with Don Lemon said she had blood running out of her "wherever" during the debate  which most people said he was talking about her period. He had a brash and somewhat rude way of expressing himself in the debates calling his fellow contestants names like "Little Marco", "Lying Ted", "Low energy Jeb", etc. He has also made rude remarks about the last three republican presidential nominees claiming Gorge W Bush was to be blamed for 9/11 and that Sen. McCain was not a war hero because he was captured and Governor Romney was not a good businessman. His has been known to re-tweet and even tweet false, racially insensitive and even antisemitic statements like that of ratio of blacks killing whites or the antisemitic star of David picture with a lot of cash behind it to name a few. This created a sharp divide between those that liked him and those who did not. 
          He sparked further outrage when he proposed a ban on Muslim immigrants to the United States and censorship of the internet after the San Bernardino attacks in 2015. He  also made a lot of  unsubstantiated claims like the one of thousands of Muslims where celebrating the 9/11 attacks in New Jersey and he has promised to bring back interrogation techniques far worse than waterboarding (which is illegal). His business skills have been called into question as he has filed for bankruptcy four times but he claims that they were smart business moves. He also masqueraded as his publicist for self-aggrandizing purposes  when he was still in the business world. 
          When the primaries were winding down and he knew he was favorite to become the nominee he turned his focus on Hillary Clinton or as he rudely refers to her "Crocked Hillary" saying the only thing she has going for her is the "woman card." He accused the farther of his main opposition in the primaries Sen. Ted Cruz of being part of the assassination of President John F Kennedy. His latest controversies are going after the the Kahn family, a gold star family in the United States and insinuating Hillary Clinton could be stopped by assassination by pro 2nd amendment Americans. He also went back on campaign promises he made like he would e self-funding his campaignhe won't be beholding to wall street money

Hillary: She is the former Sectary of State, former senator of New York and former first-lady of the United States of America. She is currently the nominee for president of the Democrat party in the United States. She had previously run and failed to become the nominee in 2008.  She got national recognition in politics as the first lady to then President Bill Clinton.
    The Clinton's presidential tenure was marred with a lot of controversies which involved Hillary Clinton directly. The  travel-gate scandal happened when seven employees of the White House Travel Office were fired. The White House said that they were fired because of financial discrepancies in the Travel Office operation during previous administrations had been revealed by an FBI investigation. Critics contended the firings were done to allow friends of the Clinton's to take over the travel business and that the involvement of the FBI was unwarranted. Travel Office Director Billy Dale was charged with embezzlement but found not guilty in 1995. In 1998, Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr exonerated Bill Clinton of any involvement in the matter. In a separate investigation by independent counsel Robert Ray, he said that the testimony Hillary Clinton gave about her role in the firing of seven members of the White House travel staff in 1993 was factualy false
      The next big controversy was file-gate whereby there was an improper access in 1993 and 1994 to Federal Bureau of Investigation security-clearance documents. The director of the  White House's office of Personnel Security, Craig Livingstone improperly requested, and received from the FBI, background reports concerning several hundred individuals without asking permission. This caused a serious reaction from their critics as many of the files covered White House employees from previous Republican administrations, including top presidential advisers. This led to the resignation of Livingstone. In 2000 Independent Counsel Robert Ray issued his final report on File-gate, stating that there was no credible evidence of any criminal activity by any individual in the matter and no credible evidence that senior White House figures or the First Lady had requested the files or had acted improperly or testified improperly regarding Livingstone's hiring. This was also with the fact that Hillary Clinton's finger prints where among those found on the documents.
       Secretary Clinton has also been involved in some campaign finance scandals. In 2007 she had to return 850,000 dollars from fundraiser Norman Hsu, who has been indited for running a ponzi scheme. During the White House years they had a lot of election finance law controversy which led to the conviction of  Johnny Chung and Charlie Trie for breaking election finance laws. Secretary Clinton was also involved in another huge campaign finance fraud involving ex-convict Peter F. Paul in which the Clinton fundraising team had to pay a fine of $35,000. The latest campaign scandals that hit her was the DNC wikileaks e-mail scandal which showed top DNC officials "rigging" the primaries in favor of Secretary Clinton and the alleged "quid pro quo" relationship between Clinton foundation staffers and Secretary Clinton's state department. 
      Secretary Clinton has been caught telling lies a countless times sometimes under oath, the most famous and most controversial would be the e-mail lies scandal as confirmed by FBI director, James Comey. But there are also smaller lies like Chelsea Clinton was jogging around the world trade center on 9/11, or claiming she landed under sniper fire in Bosnia or or claiming she was named after Sir Edmund Hillary, etc. 
     There is enough evidence here to understand why Secretary Clinton and Mr Trump are not popular in the states but the truth is come November 8, one of them would become President-elect of the United State of America.  
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