Russia’s Influence in the 2016 Election

     The Obama administration has come to a decision to begin a series of acts of retaliation against Russia due to their actions in the US election. Citizens should expect sanctions and diplomatic procedures, according to officials, who belief this is an appropriate response to cyber hacking. Many Senators agree with the Obama administration and their decision to go against Russia. Senator Amy Klobuchar stated, “We have to sanction Russia for these cyberattacks (and) send a clear message to the incoming administration that there is a lot of bipartisan support in Congress for going after this.” Russia has denied allegations that they are to blame for the hacking and, according to the representative for the ministry, they will answer to any “hostile steps” on behalf of the US. Members from the United States Central Intelligence Agency aim to get names of individuals who were involved in the Russian hacking which, many guess, to be focused on attacking the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.

     Supporters of Trump believe this is a last resort for Democrats who were upset over losing the election. Donald Trump tweeted, “If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House waited so long to act? Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?” Although two senior intelligence officials believe Vladimir Putin was involved directly in the hacking, allegations are being denied. A representative for Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova, stated, “If Washington really does take new hostile steps, they will be answered … any action against Russian diplomatic missions in the US will immediately bounce back on US diplomats in Russia. … frankly, we are tired about the lies about Russian hackers — it’s misinformation by Obama administration aimed at providing an excuse for its own failure.” Republicans believe that Democrats have used every excuse to not accept their loss in the election from blaming the electoral college to saying that social media had too much of an influence on the election and, now, blaming the Russians. While everyone can agree, if the Russians did hack, it is obviously wrong; however Russians were not creating DNC scandals, instead they were exposing them. Majority of people who polled believed that Russia’s hacking had no effect of the winning of the election.

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Election Recount

    The Green Party’s presidential candidate, Jill Stein, announced that she would pay for recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Stein explained why she wanted a recount, stating, “This has been a hack-riddled election. We have going machines that are extremely hack-friendly in an election that’s been very contentious.” Stein’s goal to raise $2.5 million was then turned into a goal of raising $4.5 million. Jill Stein explained the total cost, estimating $2-3 million in attorney’s fees with additional money for the actual recount, totaling about $6-7 million. This is particularly a lot of money for the Green Party since this year’s election was a record high for the amount of money raised from donors, $3,509,477. As of November 24th, it was reported that the Green Party had raised $3,875,502 towards recount efforts.

     Wisconsin is now the first state to start the presidential election recount. Polls predicted that Clinton would win Wisconsin; however Trump took this victory with less than a percentage point. Mike Haas, Wisconsin’s chief elections administrator, stated, “This is certainly not Bush v. Gore.” Stein was pushing for all recounts to be done by hand; however she lost the court challenge although many counties will recount ballots manually. Milwaukee county, the biggest county in the state, will feed the ballots to the same machines used on election night. In Dane County, the ballots will be counted by hand where Clinton won 71 percent of the vote. Dane County workers are now being paid $20 an hour, working two shifts for 12 hours a day, to have the recount done by December 12, 2016. County Clerk Scott McDonell stated, “ I think we will be very close to what was reported on election night.” Donald Trump won with 47.9% (1,409,467), Hillary Clinton with 46.9% (1,382,210), Gary Johnson with 3.6% (106,442), and Jill Stein with 1.1% (30,980).

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Trump Wins!

    Donald Trump has been deemed our 45th President of the United States! Trump is schedules to take office on January 20, 2017. This election was a very close one by popular votes, Clinton with 59,487,288 votes (47.7%) and Trump with 59,297,587 votes (47.5%). Donald J. Trump took 279 electoral votes while Hillary Clinton only took 228 electoral votes. Everyone was nervous regarding major states, such as Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, and whether or not they would be deemed Democratic or Republic. Blue states, since the 2012 election, have now turned red under the influence of Trump. For example, Michigan has turned to a red state, the first time since 1988. After winning, Trump tweeted, “Such a beautiful and important evening! The forgotten man and woman will never be forgotten again. We will all come together as never before.” In his speech he added to this, believing, “It is time for us to come together as one united people.” President Barack Obama was “heartened” by Trump’s words and believes that, now, everyone is rooting for Trump’s success.

    Trump supporters and Clinton supporters have been rooted against each other since the very beginning of the presidential campaign; however the divide has never been this strong before. Clinton supporters took to social media to express their sadness over the outcome of the election. #NotMyPresident and #StillWithHer have been trending on Twitter, taking the #1 and #2 spots for most popular topics or trends on Twitter. In Clinton’s concession speech she tried to console her supporters, stating that Trump “must be given the chance to lead.” In addition to, Clinton has even offered her help to Trump throughout his presidency. Also, celebrities endorsing Clinton have publicly stated that if Trump was elected, they would move to Canada or other nations to get away from his authority. On Tuesday (November 9) night, the Canadian immigration website crashed due to the heavy amount of people logging onto their website. Trump supporters have taken to social media stating, “Start packing!” to pro-Clinton celebrities. In addition to Trump’s victory, Republicans were able to keep majority control over the Senate and the House. Overall, no matter every person’s personal political belief, the nation must come together and achieve success.

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Second Presidential Debate

    The Second Presidential Debate occurred on October 9, 2016 at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. This debate took form of a town meeting, half of the questions being asked by the moderator based on public interest, and the other half being asked directly by citizens. From then, the candidates had 2 minutes each to respond. The participants at the town meeting were claimed to be uncommitted voters by the Gallup Organization. This debate began with volatile ambushes and ended with an unexpected twist of compassion when an audience member asked the candidates to complement each other. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, said that she commended the Trump children. Businessman, Donald Trump, said that Hillary was “a fighter.”

    Throughout most of the debate, Trump was constantly asked questions about his finances and treatment towards females. While Trump acknowledged the fact that he had not paid federal income taxes, he called his tape talking about sexual assault “locker room talk.” Switching sides, Clinton’s email scandal was brought up. Trump said that if he was president he would make sure to hire a special prosecutor to look into Clinton’s case. Clinton went on to say that she has more experience politically than Trump and that he “owes our country an apology.”

    As always, supporters of Trump and supporters of Hillary took to social media to express their thoughts on the second debate. Supporters of Clinton claimed that she was knowledgable and present no matter the topics thrown at her. Supporters of Trump believe that Clinton’s response to her emails was not up to par and her Abraham Lincoln defense was absurd. However, supporters of Trump believed that the debate was very bias. The moderator was debating with Trump, and letting Hilary go even a minute over her elapsed time, not letting Trump do the same. As election day comes closer, we hope that these debates will help citizens realize who the best candidate is. No matter what your political stance is, don’t forget to tune in on October 19th for the Third Presidential Debate!

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The First Presidential Debate

The first presidential debate between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump occurred on September 26, 2016 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Each candidate had their share of good and bad moments throughout the heated debate. Trump voters are not forming opinions on him based on the traditional political standards, which is what is bringing him in the votes. This is an immediate boost for Trump because years upon years American citizens have heard the promises of politicians that have almost always failed to be delivered. It has been revealed that within the past couple of months, Clinton’s team has been worried about her ability to bond with voters the way Obama had previously done. Although her arguments made her voters think, will they be progressing on with her?

Throughout the whole debate, Trump pointed out that Clinton was just an average politician who does not understand Americans. In the eyes of Trump, she will be a politician who promises wonderful things, however will never exactly follow through on them. After the debate, Trump took to Twitter and stated, “Crooked Hilary says she is going to do so many things. Why hasn’t she done them in her last 30 years?” Clinton decided to take a different approach than expected and attacked Trump based on his business, pointing out that Trump has not paid any income tax returns. Clinton spoke on Trump’s tax returns stating, “It must be something really important, even terrible, that he’s trying to hide.” Trump, then, proceeded to turn around Hilary’s attack tactic. He claimed that when she releases her deleted emails, he will release his tax returns. Although Clinton knew more specific details at times, the attacks on Trump’s behalf we were planned.

So, who won the first Presidential Debate? Officially, Hilary Clinton was deemed the winner of the first Presidential Debate. However, the morning after the debate, Trump tweeted, “I won every poll from last nights Presidential Debate- except for the little watched CNN poll.” Also. on the night of the debate, the #1 trend on Twitter was #TrumpWon. In the eyes of Clinton supporters, the Secretary of State won the debate. In the eyes of Trump supporters, the businessman won. Don’t forget to tune into the Second Presidential Debate on October 9th!

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