Presidential Elections : The Presidential Election Essay

1706 Words Nov 16th, 2016 7 Pages
From its beginning, the 2016 presidential election has been extremely controversial in nature. Both candidates, having controversial pasts to begin with, have managed to cause panic and distress amongst Americans with every debate, rally, and speech. The more outwardly controversial of the two, Donald Trump, earned the win and became the president elect of 2016. Since his election, there have been protests nationwide as many Americans remain shocked that someone so seemingly contentious was able to become the president elect. However, Trump’s election seems to make a great deal of sense when a known group dynamics theory is taken into consideration. The status generalization theory explains how someone who has prestige in a certain field is capable of almost immediately gaining a similar amount of prestige in another field. Status generalization happens in almost every social situation in which it applies, and the 2016 election was not exception. By thinking in terms of the status generalization theory, it becomes very clear how Donald Trump, someone with no background in politics, was able to become the president of the United States. On November 8th, 2016, Donald Trump took to the podium for the last time of his presidential campaign. However, this time was much different than the debates, the rallies, and the many other speeches that he had made, as this speech was his acceptance speech to being voted the president of the United States of America. Many people across the…

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