ELECTION DAY IS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8.
Our embarrassing national nightmare is almost at an end… or almost beginning.
Is the election rigged? No. At least not how Trump thinks. There are only 31 out of 1 billion cases of voter fraud*. Let’s trust democracy to bring us the candidate the people really want, whoever it is.
If you want to learn a little more about the candidates and you’re interested in seeing highlights from the first American Presidential Debate at Hofstra University (really close to where I grew up!), click here. The full debate with subtitles is here.
And after all that if you’d like to laugh a little, check out the Daily Show segment from Comedy Central here (has subtitles). The Daily Show is a fantastic comedy news show that brings us reality with some humor too.
It’s not a secret that I’m an unabashed Hillary fan. But I’ll try to break down the main differences between the candidates…
People are making a big deal about how Trump and Clinton are two of the most disliked candidates in presidential history. But they are disliked for two very different and unequal reasons.
People dislike Clinton because they think she’s cold, untrustworthy, and a liar.
Sane people dislike Trump because he’s a compulsive liar (based on fact-checks, he lies on average every 3.5 minutes in the debate), and a violent demagogue. But no one calls him out on it like her.
How can we compare Clinton and Trump? You can check out a great video on that in this Vox article, based on a segment from Seth Meyers’ Late Night:
“That’s a problem for a lot of Americans: They just don’t love the two choices,” Meyers said. “Do you pick someone who’s under federal investigation for using a private email server?
“Or do you pick someone who called Mexicans rapists, claimed the president was born in Kenya, proposed banning an entire religion from entering the US, mocked a disabled reporter, said John McCain wasn’t a war hero because he was captured, attacked the parents of a fallen soldier, bragged about committing sexual assault, was accused by 12 women of committing sexual assault, said some of those women weren’t attractive for him to sexually assault, said more countries should get nukes, said that he would force the military to commit war crimes, said a judge was biased because his parents were Mexicans, said women should be punished for having abortions, incited violence at his rallies, called global warming a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese, called for his opponent to be jailed, declared bankruptcy six times, bragged about not paying income taxes, stiffed his contractors and employees, lost a billion dollars in one year, scammed customers at his fake university, bought a six-foot-tall painting of himself with money from his fake foundation, has a trial for fraud coming up in November, insulted an opponent’s looks, insulted an opponent’s wife’s looks, and bragged about grabbing women by the pussy?
“How do you choose?”
In addition to Trump’s famous campaign slogan being originally from Reagan’s 80s campaign, it has some very racist connections.
He “wants to make America great again,” but he wants the vice president to actually do the president’s job.
People should not vote for Hillary just because they are feminists and want the first female president in office. They should do it because she’s the most qualified person for the job. It’s true, she failed against Obama as a candidate last time. She is not a perfect person and she has had many struggles. But as much as Trump hates politicians, being a failed businessman is not experience.
There’s no denying, though, that their fundamental difference is one of hate vs. progress. We don’t all have to agree on what it looks like. An optimistic take:
Hillary Clinton could be our historic first female president. But if she’s not, Samantha Bee (a former Daily Show correspondent) is our first female late night talk show host, and she is brilliant.
Check out some of her funny election coverage here:
Interestingly enough, she’s not American, she’s Canadian! Another amazing and brilliant non-American (British!) late show host with hilarious election coverage about “unshackled Donald Trump” is John Oliver.
Godspeed and good luck to us all.
*voter fraud. People in the USA are very afraid of voter fraud – the idea that someone illegally votes more than once. Trump supporter is the first to commit voter fraud and Trump thinks voter fraud is okay if people are voting for him.