If You Had A Say In This Presidential Election Who Would You Rather Vote For?

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8, November 2016, finally the day is here. For America. Or perhaps for the world. This year’s election has not only been a concern for the people of America but for all the people in every corner, if only people outside of America could vote. Why is it such a concern that it has the whole world betting on it?

It’s simple.

There is the Redneck man and the lady with so much skeletons in her closet.

It feels like the whole voting is based on who could be less malevolent. It’s all clear, when all you have is two fouled meals on your plate, you go for what feels better for the swallow.

So as an African, if you were to vote for one, who you would give your voice for?

Let’s see what the result of the election would mean to Africa.

Whoever is elected will determine America’s foreign policy generally and the approach to Africa specifically.

Let’s take a look over some comments,

“Clinton has engaged in productive conversations with the Black Lives Matter movement. She has acknowledged the legitimacy of “reparations”, a concept most mainstream Democrats would have eschewed two decades ago.”

“A win for Hillary Clinton gains an advocate for working families. She is committed to raising the minimum wage, and has always been. She has been on record in rejecting the current federal $7.25 wage as insufficient.”

“Clinton would bring a number of potential strengths to the race, from her tenure as secretary of state to her perceived toughness and honesty. Fully 67% of Americans approve of the job she did as secretary of state.” People’s press

“ Clinton, once again, has proven to be a formidable political fighter. She does not give in easily and can punch back hard in adversity.” Times

Clinton also demonstrated the ability to build broad electoral coalitions in different parts of the country, something that will be pivotal in the swing states during the general election. She has  has shown that she can articulate and defend a robust Democratic domestic agenda even though she is often criticized by progressives for being too much in the center.

Clinton has developed strong relations with Democratic elected officials and candidates whom she is helping in Senate and House races. This is an important asset.

On the other hand

Clinton has contributed to her low ranking for trustworthiness with the unusual way she handled her email as secretary of state, by setting up a private computer server outside the official system.

A key weakness comes down to what former President George H.W. Bush once called the “vision thing.”

Trump has benefited from a concise slogan — Make America Great Again — while Clinton has struggled to come up with an enduring rationale for her candidacy.

As For Donald Trump

Leaving aside all the terrible previous encounters since it’s going to be a long read, let’s just go over some strengths and downsides

Donald Trump has proven that he has a crafty feel for the way the modern news media and social media work, and has the capacity to shape and direct conversations in the direction that he wants. He has the uncanny ability to make statements that will dominate news discussion for days and has a feel for the arguments that will capture attention.

The ability to Turning flip-flops into a positive one, He has also learned to use the flip-flop to his advantage.

He refuses to get pinned down when questioned about these inconsistencies. He has argued that flexibility is a positive, particularly in a president who needs to negotiate with Congress and leaders overseas.

Trump is unafraid to advocate unorthodox views. In an era when many politicians, including Clinton, instinctively back away from any statement that defies the standard party line, Trump seems willing to do so with reckless abandon. And so far it has worked.

He is a candidate who knows to speak to the anger that exists in the electorate. He is willing to say the things that some voters want to hear, even if there are potential risks in doing so, and he can connect with that anger in a way that has proven difficult for others.

On the other side of the coin

Trump is unpredictable, he is erratic and it is unknown how or what he would do if he was in the White House. This means, at some level, he is a big risk. This gives Democrats a significant opening to play into the doubts of the electorate

He also has been unable to win enthusiastic support from many in the GOP.

He is saddled with an enormous amount of controversy and scandal, not all of which has surfaced.

Not to mention his racist and sexist comments he’s known for.

When it comes to Africa.

Voa addressed, As the first U.S. president with familial ties to Africa, President Barack Obama has left a mark and a legacy on the continent. Among his signature achievements is Power Africa, which aims to add 60 million new electrical connections to light up the continent.

Obama also launched the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), which mentors and funds projects for ambitious young people.

“Hillary and Bill Clinton have really made a commitment to Africa and the relationship between our continents for a long time,” Daschle said. “The Clinton Foundation has been extremely active in Africa, and so we think it really represents a new chapter for the relationship. We are very really bullish and very optimistic about what it could mean.”

He also said Clinton would have a very different perspective on immigration than her opponent, who has pledged to halt immigration for Muslims and for people coming from areas of the world with high instances of terror.

Trump has made little mention of Africa in his campaign appearances. The closest Africa has come to being a hot topic was when Trump mispronounced the nation of Tanzania when speaking about terrorism.

Wole Soyinka, one of Africa’s most famous writers and the continent’s first ever Nobel prize winner in literature, says he plans to leave the United States if Donald Trump, the Republican nominee, beats Hillary Clinton to the White House.

“If I were African American, I wouldn’t like him very much. I will do more for the African American people than Barack Obama has ever done. I will do more in one year. I will do more for the African American people in one year than Barack Obama has done in his seven years, soon to be eight years — and then, by the way, he’s out and thank goodness.” Said trump.

“Trump is delusional if he thinks he will get more than a tiny percentage of the African American vote,” said Jack Pitney, a politics professor at Claremont McKenna College. “His record of housing discrimination and incendiary comments is well known among African Americans, and a few gestures won’t erase that memory.” Which suggested, Pitney said, that the candidate was not in fact courting black voters. “Rather, he is trying to enable white moderates to rationalize voting for him.”

 

With all that said, if you were to vote, who would you trust with their words?