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)
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!