A Unique Election Season in the Age of Social Media

I’m sure you’re sick of hearing about the 2016 election. After all, it’s all around us, permeating our conversations, splashed on the front page of every newspaper, and receiving constant television coverage. For months we’ve been unable to escape the constant onslaught of speculations on who will win and how, and talk is unlikely to slow now that there’s been such a stunning reversal of expectations with Donald Trump’s victory. In fact, I bet your social media platforms are especially saturated with election coverage. Scroll through Facebook and what was…

Republicans Finally Abandon Ship, Revealing Depths of Party Loyalty

Throughout the past two weeks, over 30 prominent Republican Party members have withdrawn support from their presidential nominee, Donald Trump. The most frequently cited reason for this wave of condemnation is the unearthed 2005 video where Trump makes light of groping women without their consent. Many Republicans, even those who were formerly supportive of him, have used this opportunity to denounce Trump for his blatant disrespect for women, arguing that he is unsuitable to hold the highest office of the land. With such high stakes, these concerns are only natural.…

The Lowdown on Stop and Frisk

Amid the crossfire of insults and exchange of wisecracks during last Monday’s presidential debate was a probing discussion on the contentious relationship between law enforcement and African American communities nationwide. The conversation about America’s criminal justice system has been especially pertinent given this past summer’s shootings in Dallas, which resulted in the tragic deaths of five police officers, alongside the more recent display of civil unrest in Charlotte, North Carolina. Throughout the conversation, both candidates played deftly to their respective ideological visions. Clinton expressed a desire to restore trust in…

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Recapping the First Presidential Debate

On Monday night, the first presidential debate took place a stone’s throw away from Fordham at Hofstra University. The 90-minute debate gave only a glimpse into each candidate’s policies, but nevertheless revealed each of their important strengths and drawbacks, which will receive more intense scrutiny as the election draws nearer. Donald J. Trump The Good Trump managed to steer clear of his numerable controversial statements about Mexicans, Muslims, and women. Even though he was asked several pointed questions that could have led him down this road, such as a reference…

What Trump Should Do After Monday’s Debate

Monday’s first presidential debate, seen by close to one hundred million people, pitted Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton together for the first time. While many post-debate polls — such as this widely cited one by CNN — have crowned Clinton the winner, it by no means was a resounding victory, if one at all. Going forward, Trump can glean a lot from his performance and work to avoid the same traps that beleaguered him on Monday. Trump’s primary fault was his inability to reframe many of the debate questions in his…

Are Superdelegates Super Bad?

Both the Republican and Democratic Parties are dealing with a voting base divided between establishment and anti-establishment supporters. The Democrats’ problems, though, are more systematic. Specifically, their superdelegate system is seen as a threat to Bernie Sanders’s supporters. In turn, Hillary Clinton’s supporters face the threat that if their candidate is the nominee, the Sanders supporters won’t vote for her, handing the election over to the Republican nominee. If this set up is causing such a problem for the party, should the Democrats just do away with the superdelegate system?…