Don­ald Trump, Hil­lary Clin­ton, US Elec­tions

Business Sphere - - Contents - By Amitabh Sri­vas­tava

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.”

Don­ald Trump

Hil­lary Clin­ton

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