by Soheib Ahsan
11:36am, 10th November, 2016
In 1861 Abraham Lincoln founded the Republican party which is also now known as GOP (Grand Old Party). From the year 1832 to 1858 Lincoln had a series of unlucky incidents throughout his life which even involved him losing the elections various times. I wonder how would he react if he saw the situation of America today. A country where a man from his own party who with no political experience at all won the presidential elections on his first attempt.
America being a superpower had almost the entire world at the edge as uncountable people around the world had their full attention turned to the presidential elections of USA while anticipating and hoping that the candidate of their preference would win. Many Americans had declared it beforehand that this year’s elections would be difficult to the people as they would have to choose among two candidates, neither of which were favoured by the general public.
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One of the leading candidates was Hillary Clinton who was representing the Democratic Party in the elections. She has been the first lady of US from 1993-2001 and even served as junior US senator from 2001-2009. She is also known for having served as US secretary of State from 2009-2013. She is known to have participated and won various elections during her school and college life. She is often deeply respected by the public for the work she has done for women empowerment and to support women’s rights in various areas.
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Coming to the winner and the new President of the United States of America, Donald John Trump a candidate of the Republican Party. At the age of 70, he is the oldest first-term president. After Theodore Roosevelt, he is the second president born in New York city. He is the current Chairman of The Trump Organization, a real estate and construction firm. He announced his candidacy for president in June 2015.
Talking about the elections, AP predicted the number of votes this year will pass 50 million which is 4 million higher than the last presidential election. At 10.30pm the New York Times gave Trump an 80% chance of winning and by 11.30 they put it to 95%. Trump’s victory was evident when he managed to achieve 266 of 270 votes needed to win while at the same time Clinton had managed to secure 218 of 270 needed.
Lastly, let’s review a few promises that Trump has made to the people of America for when he becomes President. Among his various promises some include heavy surveillance and closing down of mosques, prosecuting Hillary Clinton, make marijuana illegal, stop spending money on space exploration, challenge China’s power. Also, let’s not forget the two most important promises he’s made, Make America great again and Bringing back the American dream.
What happens now is just a matter of time. Let’s see if Trump sticks to his promises or not. We on behalf of the rest of the world wish the people of the United States a good life and may they see bright days in the next few years to come.
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