The Divided States of America?
After one of the bitterest elections in U.S. history, Republican Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States on Tuesday. In his stunning upset over Democrat Hillary Clinton, Trump rode an enormous wave of support among white working-class voters, after a campaign in which he railed at Washington, called the country broken, and promised to fix it. Many Americans, including members of his own party, declared him unfit for the presidency in both temperament and experience. During his acceptance speech, Trump expressed a desire for unity and pledged to bring the country together. “Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division,” he said. “It is time for us to come together as one united people.”
- Who is the figure in the cartoon? Why do you think he’s wearing work suspenders and carrying a needle and thread?
- Why is the American flag ripped into pieces? Who or what do you think created that situation?
- What might the cartoonist be trying to say? Do you agree or disagree? Explain.
- In her concession speech the morning after the election, Hillary Clinton acknowledged that the country was more divided than she had realized. What do you think she means by that?
- Do you think that President-elect Donald Trump will be willing and able to unite the country? Explain.