by Hailey Nettler
You’re voting for Hillary? That’s an unfriend on Facebook. You’re voting for Trump? Definitely an unfollow on Instagram.
This election has been shockingly different than any before. It seems as though it has brought out the worst in all of us. The biggest factors that make this election so tense are the endless scandals and how they are affecting relationships. Everyone is entitled to have their opinions, but depending on who you are supporting, morals are being questioned left and right.
If you support Hillary you may be seen as pro-liar, and if you support Trump you may be seen as someone who supports sexual assault. But if sexual assault and lies are consistently being connotated with the candidates, how can we truly pick the role model for our country? This is a problem, in that it can be too hard to choose which candidate to support. The scandals with each have affected both the debates and the election as a whole.
Large scandals involving emails and sexual assault are making this election feel as if it is not being taken seriously. Many Americans tuned into the debates to have a good laugh at Clinton and Trump constantly interrupting each other. And although every election has its ups and downs with arguments between strongly opinionated people, this election seems more heated than normal. Shirts that say “Hillary for Prison” and “Love Trumps Hate” have turned into the most fashionable 2016 clothing and are causing widespread tensions.
But why has it come to this? When Barack Obama was running for president, it was nowhere near this scandalous, nasty and entertaining to watch. And that is the problem with this election: More people are tuning in to watch as if it’s a comedy, and not a presidential debate.
The biggest questions we should be asking ourselves are these: What will happen when this election is over? To what extent will our country remain divided? Will our relationships be restored with those whose morals we questioned? As we move on after Nov. 8, we need to find a way to move forward and out of the stress this election has brought us.