My last example of the 2016 election conflict is a pre-election article titled, “Donald Trump vs. the Republican Party: Who will be left standing?” written by Ander Mayer and published CBC. Mayer describes how,“Trump could hurt the[Republican]party's chances in the next election.” He goes on to talk about how Trump took a jab at a fellow respected Republican, John McCain; calling him a loser and how he is not a war hero if he has been a prisoner of war for five years. With this factor and many more alike, “Many Republicans are concerned that Trump could be potentially damaging for the Republican race." As I was following the race, I remember hearing about multiple situations where Trump had said some pretty stupid stuff. While I don’t get offended very easily and don’t really care what a candidate says, so long as I like their politics, I will still support that individual. However, I am not like most people, and most people, in today's day and age, get offended extremely easily. This was my biggest concern for Trump during the race as it was in fact his biggest weakness; however, it turned out in the end that it didn’t have that big of an effect as Hillary’s Blue wall fell faster than my interest in most school subjects. Mayer, Andre. “Can the Republican Party Survive the 'Republic of Trump'?” CBCnews, CBC/Radio Canada, 21 July 2015, www.cbc.ca/news/world/donald-trump-vs-the-republican-party-who-will-be-left-standing-1.3160866.
My 5th example of the 2016 election conflict as an article by Jim Tankersley at The Washington Post titled, “How Trump Won: The Revenge of the Working Class Whites,” talks about how the white working midle class was tired of democratic type economy. Tankersley wastes no time getting to the topic say that, “For the past 40 years, America's economy has raked blue-collar white men over the coals. It whittled their paychecks. It devalued the type of work they did best. It shuttered factories and mines and shops in their communities.” Tankersley basically says that the people of the United states were frustrated with the democratic party and that frustration shined through on election night when Trump won. Personally, I felt the frustration of the American people on election night. I remembered how people were tired of a failing healthcare system, seven different tax brackets, and an administration as transparent as lead. On the election night, the people had spoken. They said two things; “lock her up!”, and of course, “President Trump” Tankersley, Jim. “How Trump Won: The Revenge of Working-Class Whites.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 9 Nov. 2016, www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/11/09/how-trump-won-the-revenge-of-working-class-whites/?utm_term=.d6b8737319f3.
Another example of a journalistic approach to the 2016 election conflict was an article published by NPR and written by Sam Sanders titled,“Did social Media Ruin Election 2016?” SAnders goes on to explain that on, “Twitter, there's the public shaming of those who dare disagree with or insult you.” However, that was just the conflict between common folk. The real action is when there was a twitter battle going on between two candidates; mostly always having Trump as a contender in one of these battles. In the long run, it was however, the only way Trump was able to get his message across to the American People. So many media outlets such as CNN, MSNBc, and many more alike all disfavored Trump and constantly ragged on him. They gave Trump no choice but to use social media. There is no doubt in my mind that if there was no such things as social media, Donald Trump would have not won the 2016 Election. The funny, the weird, and downright strange but hilarious tweets he posted got him elected- and there is no denying that. Sanders, Sam. “Did Social Media Ruin Election 2016?” NPR, NPR, 8 Nov. 2016, www.npr.org/2016/11/08/500686320/did-social-media-ruin-election-2016.
My example of a photojournalistic viewpoint of the 2016 election conflict comes from Time’s website. The images displayed range from Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump voting for himself, to the sad faces of Hillary supporters at Clinton campaign headquarters. The images shows the complete distraught Hillary supports and all democrats went through on election night, while at the same time show the exact opposite emotion for all Trump supporters. These pictures have definitely proven there is a silent majority in the US, too afraid to stand up and openly talk about their support for Trump in fear of being ridiculed and called racist, misogynistic, sexist pigs. It’s funny, the democrats accept you no matter your race, age, gender, or sexuality, as long as you agree with their politics. “2016 Election: The Best Photos from Election Day.” Time, Time, time.com/election-day-photos-2016/.
In the extremely strong opinion article by the notorious democrat Michael Moore titled, “5 reasons Why Trump Will Win,” give 5 reasons as to why Trump would go on to win the 2016 election. As some context, this article was written pre-election time. Michael Moore gives a very biased, casual, and anti-trump tone when explaining why Trump will win the election. Moore says that in November, [Trump] “This wretched, ignorant, dangerous part-time clown and full time sociopath is going to be our next president”. He goes on to give explanations as to why Hillary will lose; saying that “Our biggest problem here isn’t Trump – it’s Hillary. She is hugely unpopular — nearly 70% of all voters think she is untrustworthy and dishonest.” Moore then talks about some good points about how a majority of Bernie supporters then switched to support Trump because of how unliked Hillary Clinton was. As I was reading this article, I was practically dying of laughter at how Michael Moore described Donald Trump. I’ve always found it funny how democrats react when they were initially wrong about something. I remember the day Trump announced he was running for office and instantly thought to myself, “This guy is going to be president”. Everyone thought I was crazy. I gave people my reasoning to why he would win but no one believed me. Then, just a year later, a famous democratic brings up the same points I initially had. Proving that I was right all along. “5 Reasons Why Trump Will Win.” MICHAEL MOORE, michaelmoore.com/trumpwillwin/.
My example of a Journalistic approach towards the conflict of the 2016 election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is an article by Kaitlyn Schallhorn for Fox News. The article is practically a timeline following nineteen days after the election describing of the now President Trump and the feud between the two former candidates. It first starts of with a tweet by President Trump on November 27, 2016 where he says that he ,”won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally”. After months of silence following her loss, Clinton has an interview with Mother Jones where she explains her thoughts of the Trump Presidency; going on to say that, “I think there are lots of questions about its legitimacy”. She also suggested that she believes Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian officials to win the election. As the year goes on, Trump takes more jabs at Hillary Clinton and her affiliated colleges saying that Hillary Clinton is good for the Republican party and to, “give it another try in three years”. The article goes up the timeline until current day exchanges, such as the Trump Administration accusing the Obama Administration of investigating and wiretapping the Trump Campaign to help out Clinton. After reading and going through this article I am reliving the 2016 election. All of the ridiculous but absolutely hilarious tweets that President Trump sends out on a daily basis reminds me of how closely I followed the 2016 election and the reason why I got a Twitter in the first place-to follow Donald Trump. Even after the election the bickering between Clinton and Trump still entertains me, making me question as to why there is not a movie or television show in the works based off the election. Schallhorn, Kaitlyn. “Trump vs. Clinton: The Feud Continues Even after the Election.” Fox News, FOX News Network, 5 Mar. 2018, www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/03/05/trump-vs-clinton-feud-continues-even-after-election.html.