5 Times This Presidential Election Was SO 2016 It Was Crazy
It feels like the 2016 election has been going on for 17 years. Can you believe that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump only *officially* became the (historic, natch) Democratic and Republican presidential candidates in July? Yeah. Us either.
1. Delete your account. Back in June, Hillary’s team demonstrated their mastery of social media use in her campaign with just three simple words: “Delete your account.” The common social media phrase took on a whole new life when used as a response to Trump’s tweet about President Obama endorsing Hillary, in which he took the time to call her crooked, because of course he did. It quickly became boss B Hillary’s most retweeted tweet. It was epic.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 21, 2016
2. The Trump Yourself Tool: Hillary’s team further proved their social media strategy with the release of Trump Yourself in July. Honing in on Facebook users’ love of applying a filter over their profile picture to support trending world events or causes, the Trump Tool isolates identifying elements such as whether you’re a woman or are gay, as examples, and applies quotes or viewpoints Trump has expressed. SPOILER: He has said some pretty awful things.
3. The Selfie Picture: Everyone immediately jumped all over this photo as a terrible example of society and the state of politics in the year 2016. The photo, it turns out, was staged, to a degree. “There were 500 people [in that overflow room] that couldn’t fit in the main event so she went and visited them in an adjacent room afterwards,” a spokesman for Hillary’s campaign told TIME. Clinton suggested they take a group selfie, and Barbara Kinney, her staff photographer, captured the poignant moment.
— The Yuppie Yinzer (@TheYuppieYinzer) September 27, 2016
4. The Great Snapchat Debate: Anyone can be *on* Snapchat (which Hillary has been since last summer), or have custom geofilters (which both campaigns have done), but are you even anyone at all until the whole world has put a Snapchat filter on your face? If you checked your Snap stories the night of or the day after the very WTF debate, it was filled with these.
5. MEMES GALORE: Of course, this isn’t the first election to be memeified. Not even close. But you can tell we’re in the thick of 2016 by the sheer volume and rapidity of the memes during this campaign. Of course, Trump’s hair has been a big one.
And who could forget this fake campaign poster meme? It seemed like it was EVERYWHERE at the beginning of 2016. (Image via Imgur)
The debate on Monday night has already proved a treasure trove of memes. Like Trump’s sniffling. (Image via Imgur)
Trump sniffles and interruptions: The Supercut. https://t.co/j3FwOVBM0A
— Gillian Brockell (@gbrockell) September 27, 2016
And Hillary’s shimmy.
— ElSassyPants (@KatieElsaesser) September 27, 2016
And, of course, that SMIRK.
Yup, that's me
You're probably wondering how I ended up in this situation pic.twitter.com/wGArnNx6qE
— Hanif Abdurraqib (@NifMuhammad) September 27, 2016
What will the next month have in store? We’re here for it, whatever it is.
What do you think of the modern memefied take on the election? Let us know @BritandCo.
(Featured photo via Drew Angerer/Getty)
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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