US President-Elect

The race is over. Donald Trump is president-elect, defeating HIllary Clinton and putting a Republican back in the White House. The 2016 election campaign wasn’t pretty, but it was entertaining.
Trump’s announcement in June 2015 that he would run for president was met largely with ridicule, as many saw the reality TV star’s bid to make the White House as a joke. Trump’s lack of any experience in political office positioned him as an outsider from the start.
Building walls
Campaigning started off controversially, with Trump laying down his mission with the now-infamous statement that he would build a “great wall” on the US-Mexican border, claiming their neighbours were sending “criminals, drug dealers, rapists,” into the US.
His attack on immigrants was ramped up in December 2015 in the wake of the San Bernardino shooting. Trump called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US, causing further division amongst Republicans and outrage from his future Democratic rival.
A bitter Republican race
The bizarreness of the Republican campaign continued when, in the first primary debate in August 2015, Trump declared he would not pledge his support to a Republican nominee other than himself and didn’t rule out running as a third-party candidate.
Trump, already gaining traction in the polls despite not being backed within the party, later signed a pledge promising his allegiance to the Republican Party.
Trump became Clinton’s confirmed opponent after a bitter Republican primary that saw many leading Republicans refuse to endorse him. Speaker Paul Ryan took some time to come around to the idea of Trump as the party’s nominee, originally saying he was “not ready” to endorse him. After meetings with Trump, he announced his full support.
Beating Bernie
Clinton’s fight for the Democratic nomination seemed clear from the start, with a distinct lead over her party rival Bernie Sanders. However, by appealing to younger voters and others feeling alienated by the party, Sanders clawed his way back and called on voters to elect the person they think has the best opportunity to beat Trump.
Sanders targeted Clinton’s relationship with Wall Street in his efforts to defeat her, choosing not to concentrate on the email scandal that had plagued her since it first emerged in March 2015.
He eventually lost the delegate fight to Clinton.
Leaked emails
Clinton’s campaign turned sour when emails from the DNC were released by WikiLeaks and revealed a bias within the party against Sanders. The mails revealed collusion between the DNC, Clinton and the media in an effort to beat his bid.
Her campaign was also dogged by the investigations into her use of a private email server while secretary of state. In July, the FBI said no charges would be brought in relation to the emails.
However, the issue resurfaced in the closing weeks of the election campaign when emails were found on a laptop belonging to former Congressman Anthony Weiner, which was also used by his wife, Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
FBI Director James Comey said the agency would examine the emails and announced just days before the November 8 poll that no information was found which would warrant any charges being brought against Clinton.

Convention controversies
Both parties’ conventions took place in July, with Melania Trump grabbing the headlines with her allegedly-plagiarized speech from Michelle Obama.


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