An update on the political race: March 2016
By Alexa Nash
March 31, 2016
As the 2016 Presidential candidates move into April, headlines have covered everything from the candidates’ stances on issues to their personal lives, which included attacks and alleged infidelity. The race has been trending on social media and made up most of the home pages of major news sites for months now, but this one has been a doozy. Here’s how the candidates have closed out March as of press time.
Democrats: Hillary Clinton was described by former New York Times editor Jill Abramson as “fundamentally honest and trustworthy,” according to Forbes.com. This quote contrasts the popular opinion after the email scandal, which is still under thorough investigation by the FBI. In other news, the New York Times covered Clinton’s campaign in Milwaukee, Wis. where she focused on gun violence and police relations in front of African-American parents. Both are major issues addressed in her campaign, according to the New York Times, and she has been known to criticize Bernie Sanders on his gun control record.
Bernie Sanders was trending on Facebook March 29 with #BernieMadeMeWhite. It is in response to the media’s spin on the reasons he won the caucuses in Alaska, Washington and Hawaii: a low minority population, a statement attributed to the Washington Post. Twitter exploded with the hashtag and included pictures of the minority electorate with comments such as, “I knew if Bernie won Hawaii it would magically become a white state,” wrote one user. Hawaii does, in fact, have a high minority population, but news sources still cite a “non-white voter problem” for the candidate.
Republicans: Donald Trump and Ted Cruz ran the headlines together with one story about each other’s wives and Cruz’s alleged infidelity featured in presumably planted articles in the tabloid National Enquirer. According to the New York Times, Trump has completely denied any involvement with the articles. Although, skepticism remains with one of Trump’s tweets that threatened he’d “spill the beans” on Cruz’s wife. When asked by ABC what exactly that meant, he said he doesn’t want to talk about specifics on Heidi Cruz and encouraged the reporter to go look and find out. Also, Trump’s campaign manager was arrested and charged with battery after he supposedly grabbed a reporter who tried to ask the candidate a question.
Ted Cruz retaliated on the subject, and stated that the articles about his alleged affairs are “garbage” and that the personal attacks are uncalled for and “disgusting,” according to the New York Times. He also denied Trump’s allegations of mailing a photo of a scantily dressed Melania Trump in Utah by a “Super Pac.” In other headlines, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker endorsed Cruz March 29 ahead of the April 5 primary, according to ABC News. Wisconsin carries 42 delegates, which would be a strong win for either candidate.
John Kasich announced in a conference after a town hall in Milwaukee, Wisconsin that he “has no intention of dropping out of the race,” according to fortune.com. This statement is in response to his grounded position in the race, as well as the potential for a contested convention, which means that no candidate got the majority 1,237 delegates to win the nomination.