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Why did Americans vote for Donald Trump in the 2016 election? Show more Show less
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In 2016, Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton to the American Presidency, winning the election with 48% of the national vote. His victory defied expert opinion and polling forecasts, leaving many to wonder what crucial elements they had missed when predicting its outcome. So, why did Americans vote for Donald Trump in the US election?

Americans voted for Donald Trump in 2016 because they didn't like Hillary Clinton Show more Show less

Votes for Donald Trump were a protest against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
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Hillary Clinton's email scandal eroded trust between the Democrats and the electorate

When "Crooked Hillary" was subject to a CIA investigation, many of her supporters switched allegiance to Donald Trump.
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Context

During her time as United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton used a private email server for official public communications instead of using the official State Department account maintained on secure federal servers. An FBI examination of Clinton's server found over 100 emails containing classified information, including 65 emails deemed "Secret" and 22 deemed "Top Secret". This controversy was a major point of debate during the 2016 presidential election, where Clinton was Donald Trump's rival.

The Argument

Donald Trump was able to win because of Hillary Clinton's mistakes. The email scandal brought into question the trustworthiness of Clinton and swayed Democratic voters.

Counter arguments

The media helped to elect Trump in 2016 by unfairly over-covering Hillary Clinton's email scandal.[1] This gave Clinton a bad image in the eyes of the public and led to more Americans deciding to vote for Donald Trump instead.

Premises

[P1] Americans vote for trustworthy presidents, and Clinton proved herself to be untrustworthy. [P2] Americans voted for Trump.

Rejecting the premises

References

  1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/09/12/assessing-a-clinton-argument-that-the-media-helped-to-elect-trump/

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