The Daily Targum's 2016 Election Wrap

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November 9, 2016

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Donald J. Trump to win U.S. presidency Nikhilesh De News Editor

As of 2:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was only five electoral votes short of the required 270, and is projected to win the the title of President of the United States. The business mogul launched his candidacy last June, declaring that he would “Make America Great Again.” He intends to decrease the number of jobs that are outsourced, improve the economy and help middle-class workers with both job and financial security. Trump ran on a platform of securing America’s borders against undocumented immigrants and potential terrorists, reorganizing trade deals with China, pulling the United States out of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and ending the Affordable Care Act. The most important impact Trump will have is on the Supreme Court of the United States. The governing body has only had eight justices after Associate Justice Antonin Scalia passed away earlier this year. In recent years, the court released several historic decisions, notably one declaring homosexual marriage the law of the land, a position Trump opposes. Earlier this year, he released two lists of potential Supreme

Court justices, should sitting President Barack Obama’s nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, not be confirmed before Januar y. They include a variety of District Court and Appeals Court judges, some state-level Supreme Court justices and at least one Senator. In naming specific people as potential justices, Trump departed from tradition, as he

Trump intends to decrease the number of jobs that are outsourced, improve the economy and help middle-class workers. did in many aspects of his campaign. He saw several managers take command of his campaign and access to his Twitter account was revoked by his campaign staff in the final days of the election. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 200 points in two hours after Trump won several key states, including Ohio and Florida. The ef fects might be temporar y, with the fall resulting from initial surprise that the Republican candidate was leading.

Stock markets fell during the United Kingdom’s “Brexit” vote a few months ago, but have since rebounded. It is possible that the market will rebound over the next few months, as America transitions from an Obama presidency. Trump will also be in charge of negotiating or renegotiating several diplomatic efforts Obama started, including the Iran Deal and the opening of borders with Cuba. Trump’s campaign was embroiled in controversy from its beginning, with him announcing that he would push for a border wall between the United States and Mexico, and force the U.S.’s southern neighbor to pay for it. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” he said at his campaign’s kickoff. “They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” At various points during his campaign, he announced that he would ban all Muslims from the nation. He said Muslims celebrated 9/11, that the Pope was “disgraceful” and insulted Senator John McCain as war prisoner. Recently, he was accused of being part of a Russian conspiracy to throw America into chaos, with various groups suggesting

After entering the presidential race as a Washington outsider, Donald Trump received enough electoral votes to become the 45th President of the United States. REUTERS that the Democratic National Committee was hacked by Russian agents to discredit them in the eyes of voters. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said the organization, which released many of these emails, did not have any ties to Russia. The president-elect defeated 16 other Republican candidates during the nation’s primaries, winning many states by double-digits. Though several of these political veterans pledged allegiance to him, Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) was one of the few challengers who did not.

Students assemble to watch election results

U. sees surge in voter turnout on Busch, Livingston

chloe dopico staff writer

avalon zoppo managing editor

In line with the rest of the state, Rutgers students who voted on campus Thursday overwhelmingly cast their ballots for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race. With a total of 1,257 votes across the Livingston and Busch campuses, 87 percent cast their ballot for Clinton and 13 percent for Republican nominee Donald Trump. These numbers don’t capture the students who voted at New Brunswick polling locations and those who sent in absentee ballots. The turn-out for Rutgers students was record breaking, said Piscataway Mayor Brian Wahler. The Livingston campus and Busch campus are located in Piscataway. Four years ago, about 1,100 students in total voted on the two campuses. By 4 p.m. on Thursday, and with four hours until polls closed, 900 ballots had already been cast between both campuses. This number rose by nearly 400 in the following hours. “I’m very impressed by the steady stream of voters,” he said. “There’s been a constant stream.” Witnessing the results of a historic election roll in, roughly 200

Trump faced opposition from his own party even after the primaries had concluded, in part due to various remarks that surfaced over the last few months of the election. House Majority Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has denounced Trump repeatedly, but continued to endorse him. In an open letter during the closing days of the campaign, Ryan told his supporters to vote for Trump. Tuesday night, Trump won most of the midwestern and southern states, along with the swing states of Ohio, Florida and Iowa.

Rutgers students wait in line in The Cove in the Busch Student Center as they cast their ballots for the 2016 presidential and local elections. GEORGETTE STILLMAN students gathered in the multipurpose room of the College Avenue Student Center Thursday night for an Election Night Viewing Party. Hosted by the Student Affair’s Leadership Department, Robyn Ginese said the event’s purpose was to engage the community. “We wanted to be able to engage with the community altogether and have an opportunity for folks to come together and watch election results come in and be able to a supportive network of peers and perspective sharers,” Robyn Ginese, director for Leadership and Experiential Learning, told The Daily Targum.

In addition to the two polling locations on Busch and Livingston, students registered to vote with an address on the College Avenue or Cook/Douglass campus could cast their ballot at the Lord Sterling Community School, Parsons School, the Labor Education Center, the First Reformed Church, or Lincoln school — all in New Brunswick. Throughout the day, the Eagleton Institute of Politics provided free Election Day shuttles bringing students to and from the polling locations in New Brunswick. The shuttle, which ran from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., picked students up from the Biel Road bus stop on Douglass campus.

While the country anxiously awaited the decision of the next president, Rutgers students gathered in the College Avenue Student Center for politically themed games, food and to watch history happen. Roughly 200 students gathered in the Multipurpose room to watch the election on screens showing FOX News and CNN. Student Affairs’ Leadership & Experiential Learning Department hosted the viewing party. The event opened to students at 7 p.m. “We wanted to be able to engage with the community altogether and have an opportunity for folks to come together and watch election results come in and be able to a supportive network of peers and perspective sharers,” said Robyn Ginese, director for Leadership and Experiential Learning. The Election Night Viewing Party is a part of the Leadership Department’s Leadership Week, Ginese said. The department came up with the idea of the viewing party a couple of months ago, when they realized leadership week coincided with the election, said Brittany Schlechter, an assistant director for Leadership and Experiential Learning. “We decided that given this is a very contested election that we could bring our students together

in one space to let them know that this is an environment, is a brave space, that you can express your opinions and also watch everything together and we can still be a community at the end of the day, because we are still one nation at the end of the day,” she said. Schlechter said the event is meant to bring people together, despite political affiliation, and provide the community with a place to come together and be united. The viewing party included leadership and awareness activities, Ginese said. Activities included a “Presidential Walkway of Fame” with a red carpet and cardboard cutouts of famous presidents, a live feed Twitter wall, a “stress buster” section where students make stress balls and color, “campaign central” where students make campaign posters and “issue alley” where students write down their opinions and educate themselves on key issues, Schlechter said. Not having cable and wanting to be around other students for the election motivated John Lee to partake in the event. “I actually wanted to talk about this,” said School of Arts and Sciences senior John Lee. “My roommates aren’t very politically involved, so I wanted to engage in political discourse and see what other people think about this election. I also wanted to have some air of celebration if my given candidate wins.”

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November 9, 2016

Clinton falls short of 270 electoral votes

After hard-fought Democratic primary and general election campaigns, Hillary Clinton fell short of winning the required 270 electoral votes to win the presidency. DIMITRI RODRIGUEZ / PHOTO EDITOR

Nikhilesh De News Editor

More than 500 days later, the world’s most powerful office’s glass ceiling remains intact after one-time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) was projected to lose the race for the White House at 2:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. The former New York senator seemed poised to become the first female president of the United States, with most major polling and analytics sites giving her between a 75 and 85 percent chance of winning the contest.

In the end, it was not enough to overcome Republican counterpart Donald Trump, who won more than half the states Tuesday night. Her campaign was marred by controversies, the majority of which stemmed from a private email ser ver she used while acting as the nation’s chief diplomat. While much of this controversy died down after FBI Director James Comey testified to Congress that he would not recommend any criminal charges be filed, it was brought up again less than two weeks before the

election after Comey notified the House of Representatives that the agency had found potentially relevant emails on former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s computer. These emails were ultimately found to be irrelevant to Clinton, or duplicates of emails already submitted to the FBI. Clinton was seen as untrustworthy, in part due to her connection to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the American Embassy in Benghazi and her refusal to release the transcripts of she made speeches to various Wall Street organizations.

Clinton’s loss comes with Many pollsters gave her between a two and 14-point lead both the Senate and the House two weeks before the election, of Representatives remaining in including the Pew Research Cen- the hands of Republicans. This ter. This lead was heavily dimin- marks the first time since 2008 ished after Comey’s remarks, that one par ty has obtained but those polls did not account full control of both the Executive and Legislative branches for the final results. Clinton last ran for president of government. While the branches were in 2008, losing the primary challenge to then-Illinois Senator divided between the RepubliBarack Obama. In the eight years can and Democratic parties, since, she has served as Secre- government officials had trouble passing tary of State certain bills until 2013, beor achieving fore acting as In the end, it was not certain goals, a paid speaker with Congress working with enough to overcome blocking hearthe Clinton Republican counterpart ings for the Foundation. Clinton was Donald Trump, who won next Supreme Court justice expected to more than half the states and tr ying to carry severrepeal the Afal states by on Tuesday night. fordable Care winning over Act more than Hispanic and 50 times. black voters. It is likely that Trump will be On Tuesday, polls showed she actually earned a smaller share able to confirm a Supreme Court justice within a few months, and of votes from both groups. Third-party candidates also force the repeal of the ACA, popearned a significant share of the ularly known as Obamacare afnational vote, with 9 percent of ter its primar y sponsor. Trump has not proposed a repeople aged 18-29 choosing a third-party, along with 8 percent placement to the act. The 2016 presidential election of those aged 30-44. In 2012, third-party candidates results signal a change, where combined won less than 3 per- a nontraditional politician will cent of the popular vote, rough- lead the world’s most powerly meaning they earned nearly ful nation. Reactions on Twitter three times the share of votes varied, but several posters noted that America is a resilient nation. Tuesday night.