STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Certainly 2016 has been the Year of Politics, pulling in even those who hold their noses and plug their ears any other time, requiring even the most uninterested parties to enter the conversation.
For better or for worse, social media played a big role in getting people interested in politics and giving them a voice, especially for those who perennially complain their “vote doesn’t count.”
Whether you’re happy or not with the results of this year’s elections, it was one for the books. It dominated all sorts of media outlets, even those not typically dedicated to politics. One couldn’t avoid it.
And so, let’s look back on what we saw this year.
Donald Trump had entered the race the previous year, ultimately competing against 16 other Republicans. The Huffington Post refused to cover his campaign in the news section, instead relegating him to entertainment and calling his campaign “a sideshow.” It was one of the first indications that much of the media didn’t take him seriously, let alone cover his campaign fairly or understand his appeal to average voters.
His meteoric rise throughout the campaign this year, winning primary after primary, all the while getting negative attention for his off-color remarks, particularly on Twitter, led him to winning the Republican nomination at the convention in July in Cleveland, which this reporter attended.
The following week, Hillary Clinton bested Bernie Sanders at the DNC in Philadelphia, prompting Sanders delegates and supporters to stage a walk-out in protest.
Shock was the name of the game among Clinton supporters and other Trump critics when he…