10 times this year’s US presidential elections were just too much

Is it just us, or did the American presidential elections feel like the longest battle in recorded history? They’re finally over, and while we steel ourselves for a Trump presidency, The Daily Vox team reminisces over some of the standout moments of these elections.

1. The man who infamously bragged about grabbing women by the pussy clinched the majority of the white women vote. Let that sink in.

At the second presidential debate, CNN posed a question to Trump about the 2005 Access Hollywood video that showed Trump telling Billy Bush he felt entitled to grab them women by the their genitals.

Trump dismissed the video as mere “locker room banter” despite inciting sexual aggression against women.

In the video, Trump said he was automatically attracted to beautiful women and when he meets them, “I just start kissing them.” This was in addition to his comment, “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything… Grab them by the pussy.”

The (now) President-elect of the United States denied all allegations.

Despite Trump’s deplorable statements, according to the NBC News Exit Poll, he led with white women overall by about 10 points and with white middle aged women by about 20 points.

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Via NBC News

2. Trump was accused of sexual harassment – TWELVE times

Twelve women came forward accusing Donald Trump of sexual assault. Among them were former The Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos, then-aspiring model and now photographer Kristin Anderson, former Miss Utah Temple Taggart and adult film star Jessica Drake.

Drake told the Daily Vox that she had to speak out about his assault after hearing his “grab them” comments.

“Hearing that just goes against everything that I believe in and it was a trigger for me,” she said.

Adult film star Jessica Drake on Trump, consent and the porn industry

When defending the allegations, Trump said his accusers were “sick” women who wanted fame and money. Trump actually shrugged off one of the accusers at a North Carolina rally saying, “She would not be my first choice, that I can tell you.”

3. Trump actually said he would build a whole entire wall to keep out immigrants

According to his campaign website, Trump promised to build an “impenetrable physical wall” on the southern border between the US and Mexico. Trump claimed that Mexico would pay for this wall and he would begin its construction on the first day of his administration.

“I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively, I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall,” he said in July. “Mark my words.”

4. Trump said he might not accept the election result

A few weeks ago, Trump went all African dictator on us, saying that he might not accept the presidential result if he felt that the elections were rigged against him.

Trump voiced this blasphemy against democracy at the third presidential debate a few weeks ago. At the time, he was under severe pressure as Clinton was creaming him in the opinion polls.

Without evidence, he suggested that the general election has been rigged against him. About whether he would accept the election results, Trump said: “I will look at it at the time, I will keep you in suspense.”

Luckily, the world didn’t get to witness a tantrum when Trump’s victory was announced Wednesday morning.

5. The Canadian immigration website crashed as US election results came in

The Government of Canada’s immigration website crashed as Trump’s lead started reflecting in the election results.

The New Zealand Now website, which deals with residency and student visas, also reported a lot of traffic from US nationals.

And South Africa might be welcoming Samuel L. Jackson to the country. In December, in a comedy sketch on the Jimmy Kimmel show, Jackson said about Trump, “If that motherfucker becomes president I will move my black ass to South Africa.”

6. Trump didn’t make his tax returns public as requested

Remember when Trump released his tax returns? We don’t either.

Trump was sticking to the story that he was still under audit by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

But after a New York Times report showed that Trump might have avoided paying his taxes for years, he claimed to be taking advantage of legal opportunities to reduce his bill.

Donald Trump is the first presidential candidate since 1972 who refused to release them.

7. Even infamous dictators and came out in support of Trump 

In a column written in DPRK Today, a news site which often functions as government propaganda, the dictatorship gave Trump a glowing recommendation.

The column was written by Han Yong Muk, a Korean scholar, who suggested that Americans vote for Trump in the presidential elections.

“It turns out that Trump is not the rough-talking, screwy, ignorant candidate they say he is,” he wrote,” but is actually a wise politician and a prescient presidential candidate.” According to the column, voting for Trump could stop the US from “living every minute and second on pins and needles” in fear of a nuclear attack from North Korea.

Trump has also been endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) – a white supremacist organisation in the US.

Frmer KKK grand lizard wizard, David Duke, also congratulated Trump, calling his victory, “one of the most exciting nights” of his life.

8. That time Melania Trump plagiarised Michelle Obama’s speech

At the Republican convention in 2015, it was discovered that Melania Trump – now first lady of the US – lifted lines verbatim from the speech Michelle Obama delivered at the 2008 Democratic convention.

Melania Trump’s speech gathered a huge round of applause until journalists recognised that they’d heard those words before somewhere…

In what became a trend with the Trump campaign, they denied all allegations of plagiarism against Mrs Trump.

Melania Trump told the NBC’s Matt Lauer in an interview, regarding her speech: “I wrote it with as little help as possible.”

Now that Melania Trump is First lady, Michelle Obama should think about copyrighting all her speeches. #JustSaying.

9. Some folks literally voted for Harambe the gorilla

In an attempt to rekindle the spirit of the deceased gorilla Harambe (and spoil their votes), American voters claimed to have voted for the beast as a write-in candidate in the presidential elections.


Harambe was shot and killed in the Cincinnati Zoo earlier this year to save a young boy who fell into his enclosure.

Twitter lit up with as many as 11, 000 tweets from people claiming to have written in the famous gorilla for president.

#NeverForgetHarambe

10. The Simpsons predicted it – a whole 16 years ago

Back in 2000, the creators of The Simpsons predicted that Trump was going to govern America in a warning that the country was “going insane.”

Well, if their predictions are to be counted on, at least we have Lisa Simpson presidency to look forward to.

In short, dear America:

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Love, the rest of the world.

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