News of the US Presidential election has rapidly developed for the past few months. Surrounding controversies have dominated headlines across the world. Standing as the Democrat candidate is Hillary Clinton, former First Lady and Secretary of State. This is her second attempt at running for the White House. The Republican candidate is a familiar and well-known figure in the North-East of Scotland. Donald Trump had built a golf course in Aberdeenshire and has even had connections with RGU. This alone makes this election particularly interesting for those who live in the area.
The first presidential debate took place on the 26th September 2016. It was one of the most watched debates – it is estimated that between 84 and 100 million people watched it on a number of platforms. This high number shows that many of people are still engaging in the world of politics.
This particular election has been at the heart of much controversy. On the 11th September, Hillary Clinton appeared to fall ill and faint at the 9/11 memorial. This prompted many to question whether she is physically fit enough to serve as president. Trump had even described her as having “no stamina”. But others disagree. In a video posted on social media, CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour asked: “Can’t a girl have a sick day or two?” She even pointed out that George Bush Senior threw up on the Japanese Prime Minister and fainted at a state dinner. She also explained that during his presidency, he saw the Soviet Union fall and had won the first Gulf War.
Donald Trump has also caused controversy during his election campaign. His comments about building a wall on the US border with Mexico have caused outrage throughout the world. Although it is his idea, he says it is Mexico that will pay for it. He also suggested that there should be a ban on Muslims entering the US. A number of his comments have prompted many to label Trump as being ‘racist’. This led to RGU revoking the honorary degree awarded to him in 2010. Trump’s comments were said to have been “wholly incompatible” with the university’s ethos and values.
With both Clinton and Trump each having a significant number of supporters, the results of the election could be a close call. But both candidates still have a lot of work convincing undecided voters of their cases. The US will go to the polls on the 8th November 2016.