2016 Presidential Election

President Trump
President Trump

Republican candidate Donald Trump won the 2016 Presidential election against Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton. While Clinton actually won more votes than Trump (she got 48.1%, he got 46.5%) the US electoral system favoured Trump because he won more individual states.

This was an aggressive and controversial election. Clinton was accused of corruption because she used a private email server for official government business while she was Secretary of State. Trump suggested he would try to put her in jail for these actions.

Donald Trump was accused of sexism and sexual assault by a series of women and he also made a number of controversial comments about Mexicans.

Evidence suggests that Trump’s most committed supporters were white Americans, particularly those on high incomes and those who had not gone to college or university. Clinton’s supporters tended to be from African American backgrounds, women and lower earners.