Election 2016: Democracy in Disarray
A Campaign Bloated with Bombastry, Bigotry, and Blatant Lies
By Sandra Lee Stuart and Aaron Jaffe
Publisher: Barricade Books
Published: February 2017
Genre: Politics, Government
Formats Available for Review: Print (limited quantities, only available to qualified reviewers/bloggers in the U.S.), pdf, epub, kindle
On Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, many Americans awoke like they’d just spent a night of blackout drinking—“What did we do? Did that really just happen?” Unbelievably, Donald Trump had won the election
There will be many books on last year’s insane and tumultuous run to the White House trying to explain the Trump Triumph and how Hillary Clinton was on the one-yard line and lost the ball. None will compare to Election 2016: Democracy in Disarray. It stands out for its facts, irreverence and biting humor.
When distant historians study the 2016 run-up to the White House, they will use many words to describe it. There is a good chance “dumpster fire,” “clown fiesta” and the smiling poop emoji will be among them. But it is important for all Americans to look back at the campaign to try and fathom how someone so incompetent and unstable as Donald Trump managed to defeat Clinton. Granted, he did so with more than a little help from the Kremlin, WikiLeaks and FBI Director James Comey. It is all spelled out in Election 2016: Democracy in Disarray.
The campaign seemed as if it was being waged inside an MTV reality show with some of the wannabes to rule the most powerful country acting as if the way to the Oval Office was to be more outrageous than their opponents. Somehow, it’s hard to imagine Honest Abe boasting about the size of his genitals during the Lincoln-Douglas debates.
Expect insights like “Trump thinks he is infallible. He probably would think he was the second coming of Christ, too, except that Jesus got captured and tortured like that ‘loser’ John McCain.” How the Pant-suited Crusader Hillary Clinton closely paralleled Batman. And what was it about Bernie Sanders that had so many millennials Feeling the Bern?
Not overlooked are all the secondary characters running from Chris Christie to Ben Carson to—the list goes on because so many “delusionals” thought it a good idea to spend tons of money and rack up frequent-flier miles when they had less chance of winning the White House than Mr. Ed winning the Preakness.
Sandra Lee Stuart
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