Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, US Elections
The elections for the US Presidency due on November 8,2016, will see the most powerful democratic country of the world elect its 45 th President as Barack Obama remits office. After months of suspense, we know that Donald Trump and Mike Pence (Republican Party) and Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine (Democratic Party) will be the candidates for the post of President and Vice President respectively. Readers may not be aware that besides them, a number of candidates from third parties and independents are also in the fray -the most important being Gary Johnson from the Libertarian Party and Jill Stein from the Green Party. Nominees from Constitution Party, America's Party, Party for Socialism and Liberation, American Delta Party, Prohibition Party, Independent American Party, Socialist Party USA, Veterans Party of America, Workers World Party, Nutrition Party, Better for America Party are also trying their luck. .
These elections come with a number of firsts:
• Both the major presidential candidates Hillary and Trump are from New York • If Donald Trump wins he would be the oldest incumbent to the post at 70+ • Hillary Clinton, wife of former President Bill Clinton, will be the first woman in America’s history to be President if she makes it • A Trump victory would see the first incumbent without being a Governor or with experience in Congress in 60 years • No previous candidate has had a chain of casinos or hotels before Trump but he regards being different a positive factor This will also be the first time that a potential First Lady of the US Melania, wife of Trump had her pictures in the nude from her modeling days in the 90s published prominently But the normally volatile Donald Trump was cool to this and said, "Melania was one of the most successful models and she did many photo shoots, including for covers and major magazines. This was a picture taken for a European magazine prior to my knowing Melania. In Europe, pictures like this are very fashionable and common.” Presidential elections in the United States normally have had a very lukewarm response among Indian readers. But the entry of Donald Trump, a showman on TV and especially his threat to stop the entry of Muslims in America has enlivened the proceedings. His approach to the problem of terrorists has been challenged by what is known as civil society but the sharpest rebuttal to his comments came from Khizr Khan - a Muslim citizen of America whose son was killed serving in the US military in Iraq. Trump mocked Khizr Khan’s emotional tribute to his son at the Democratic Party convention. This, in turn has turned Khan into a hero because he insists that America is his home as much as that of Trump. Trump has angered Barack Obama so much that he calls him unfit to be a Presidential candidate. However the last word in this bitter campaign was that of Michelle Obama who said, “When they go low we go high.”