The 2016 election cycle has been one for the history books. For the Democrats, we have Hillary Clinton, the first female Democratic nominee and proclaimed liar and murderer. The right has indicted her in the death of those involved in Benghazi, and they have continued to slam her for her private email server and deletion of thirty thousand emails. On the right, we have business mogul Donald Trump. He is a self-proclaimed womanizer, and he is ready to build a wall, and make Mexico pay for it. From many Americans eyes, this is an election in which we will elect the ‘lesser of two evils’. As the days until the election continue to dwindle, we are beginning to really consider the dark question that has been looming above our heads for months—who is going to win the election?
Matt Taibbi, author of The Great Derangement, and J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy, would state that Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States. In Taibbi’s book, he finds that our nation is becoming deranged; we have many polarized opposing groups that show how our nation is deteriorating. On the left are the 9/11 truthers—a group dedicated to finding out the truth behind the terror attacks. On the right, we have a religious movement that is so rooted in their beliefs they will never budge. Taibbi claims these groups have gotten their facts from differing sources, causing our nation to have staggeringly different perceptions of the reality we live in.
J.D. Vance brings us along his life’s journey, starting from his roots in the rural lower class. He shows a world full of abuse, neglect, and frustration by painting a picture of what it is like to live in a poor, rural, white community. Vance sug...
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...panics, and all other minorities. He doesn’t lie, at least not like Hillary. Is our great derangement the inability to hold those who are untruthful accountable for their actions? How did we get to a place in society where we say one wrongdoing is worse than the other? Taibbi would say we have been molded by the views of others who think like us, causing us to stray further away from the truth. Vance would say many are tired of not having their voices heard. They want someone who will stand up and fight for what is right—heterosexual marriage, guns, men in power positions, and to build that wall.
Whatever the reasoning, it is safe to say that the only power strong enough to stop the Trump presidency is Donald Trump himself. His ability to appeal to those who have felt helpless and unheard has created a movement so strong that there is no force which can stop it.
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