This song was created by Kanye West featuring T.I. discussing Kanye West decision to support Trump and the political outrage that came from the people with his decision. T.I., representing the people, discredits Kanye for supporting “white supremacy” by supporting Trump. Kanye then fires back by saying that “Make America Great Again had a negative perception. I took it, wore it, rocked it, gave it a new direction”. This remains constant throughout the rest of the song until at the end they leave this debate to the people to then have the song abruptly end. I found this song to be very accurate to what Kanye is describing today’s society and the political opinions that they have. Kanye describes his struggle to his transition of becoming a Trump supporter from all of his fans disapproving of his decision, but there shouldn’t be a struggle in the first place. His opinion of how “All Blacks gotta be Democrats” totally represents how there is this expectation in today’s society to have African Americans be democrats. These are tough arguments, but sometimes tough arguments have to be made.
The photo, taken by Nate Gowdy, displays a protest scene against Trump with multiple people holding anti-Trump signs. This photo was then made into black and white focusing in on what it seems to be a native-american woman holding a large “Trump = Racism” sign. It was taken in what it seems to be a desert-like landscape that could presumably be near the U.S. and Mexico border. Although it may not be true photojournalism to edit the photo to become grayscale, but Gowdy uses this to signify an almost apocalyptic element. This element, along with the protest scene, creates a negative feeling towards Donald Trump becoming president. It has the connotation that if Trump were to become president, the color of light in the world would be replaced with the bleakness of his “racism”.
Steven Levitsky and Daniel Zilbatt studied past historical moments in other countries’ loss of democracy and compare the “anti-democratic” candidates to Donald Trump. They describe how Trump’s authoritarian rule will threaten America’s democracy and cause a loss in checks and balances in the government. They give the reader a warning that if Trump’s authoritarian tendencies continue, America’s democracy will fall. There is one major flaw throughout this entire argument: America is not a democracy, it is a democratic republic. Having just a democracy would have an authoritarian rule from just one party, therefore an authoritarian ruler. Our democratic republic was created in order to prevent a total democracy or a total tyranny. If Trump was not the one to be favored to become president, then he wouldn’t have become president. The reason we have someone like Trump in office is because the American people wanted actual change, and they voted as such.
In this feature article, Veronica Stracqualursi describes key moments of the 2016 presidential election of the United States. She mainly focuses on Trump’s and Clinton’s campaign from their announcement for running for president to Trump winning the election. Both candidates each had huge issues come up from their past that challenged their legitimacy to be president. They would then use these against each other in the presidential debates to prove that they would be the better choice. In the end, Trump won the electoral vote due to the Clinton email scandal. As being part of this key part in history, it feels weird to essentially relive these moments. I feel that this was a very neutral and informative article about this most recent election. The moments listed were definitely key moments, in my opinion, that greatly influenced the outcome of the election.