Nickname: The Donald

Years in office: 2017–2021

Political party: Republican

Birthday: June 14, 1946

Official White House photo of Donald Trump

by Shealah Craighead, 2017

Campaign Button, 2016 (Image from the Smithsonian Museum of American History)

This campaign button is from Donald Trump’s 2016 bid for the presidency. It references his book, Art of the Deal.

The election of 2016 was a historic election for women. For the first time in our history, a woman was nominated for president on a major party ticket. Democrat Hillary Clinton faced off against Republican real-estate mogul turned reality TV star, Donald Trump.

The election was full of controversy. Questions were raised in regards to Clinton’s use of her private email for classified documents. Trump’s treatment of women was frequently addressed. And Russian involvement in the election was a constant concern. Trump offered Americans a new kind of president, using Reagan’s slogan, “Make America Great Again.” He stood against immigration, federal debt, NAFTA, and the media. He promised to bring jobs back to American cities. In the end, Clinton won the popular vote by roughly 3 million votes, but Trump won in the Electoral College. He became the 45th president, and the 5th president to lose the popular vote but win the presidency.

A record number of voters cast ballots in the 2020 election. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, more voters than ever before voted by mail-in ballot and early voting. The election was a contentious one, and continued to be so even after the results were certified. Outgoing President Trump claimed voter and election fraud, instilling doubt in the democratic process that climaxed with an insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6th, 2021.


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Library of Congress, loc.gov

Miller Center, University of Virginia, millercenter.org/the-presidency

The White House, whitehouse.gov

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