NEW TO THIS EDITION: • Provides an overview of Donald Trump’s campaign to help students understand the context and factors that led to him winning the election. • Thorough analysis of the role that media and money played in the elections provides a framework for understanding election results. •Provides insights into Congressional elections, their outcomes, and impact. KEY FEATURES: • On an incredibly fast production cycle, this volume publishes just 5 months after the election, bringing needed insight and analysis of the 2016 elections. • Tables, figures, and maps effectively display data and data analysis.

The Presidency: Donald Trump and the Question of Fitness

The Presidency: Donald Trump and the Question of Fitness

8 The presidency: Donald trump and the question of fitness
Paul J. Quirk

For the institution of the presidency, the central event of the 2016 elections was the election of a president, Donald Trump, who was widely criticized as “unfit” for the office. This judgment was shared not only by Democrats and by his rivals during the Republican nomination contest, but also by former Republican presidents and presidential candidates, Republican policy experts, officials of prior Republican administrations, leading conservative commentators, and nearly all significant daily newspapers. A winning coalition of voters—about 49 percent of the two-party national vote but a clear majority of the Electoral College—disagreed. What should we make of this situation? Were there compelling grounds ...

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