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The making of the president, 2016

The Ground Game

“I think I’m a different, and perhaps a better, candidate, so I hope that also shows.”

—HRC, January 30, 2016


January 25: President Obama hints at his support for Hillary Clinton, shown campaigning in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Days later, Bernie Sanders meets with Obama and assures reporters the president will be “fair and evenhanded.” (Credit: Aude Guerrucci/Getty Images; Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images; Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

“Theory isn’t enough. A president has to deliver in reality.”

—HRC, January 21, 2016


January 21: Bernie Sanders, pictured at right at a rally in Charles City, Iowa, releases one of the election’s most memorable ads, set to Simon and Garfunkel’s “America.” (Credits: YouTube; Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Iowa statistics


“People don’t want political correctness. They’re tired of it today.
And I think that’s one of the things that has resonated with me.
I don’t go out of my way to be politically incorrect.”

—DJT, January 3, 2016


JANUARY 28: As a snub to Fox News, Donald Trump skips the GOP debate in Iowa. Instead, he goes his own way, getting Sarah Palin’s endorsement, holding big rallies like the one in Lowell, Massachusetts, at left, and campaigning with his family, as in Concord, New Hampshire, above. (Credits: Mark Peterson/Redux; Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images; Jim Watson/Getty Images; Rick Friedman/Getty Images)

“I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose voters.”

—DJT, January 23, 2016



The Votes Roll In


TO THE POLLS: Caucus-goers wait in line at an elementary school in Des Moines, Iowa, on February 1. (Credit: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

“Based on the fraud committed by Senator Ted Cruz during the Iowa Caucus,
either a new election should take place or Cruz results nullified.”

—DJT, February 3, 2016


CAUCUS KING: Ted Cruz campaigns at a restaurant in Fenton, Iowa, on January 29. (Credits: Jim Lo Scalzo/Epa/Redux; Carlo Allegri/ Reuters)


“We’re going to have businesses. We’re going to have businesses that used to be in New Hampshire, that are now in Mexico, come back to New Hampshire. And you can tell them to go f— themselves.”

—DJT, February 4, 2016



“These are not only problems of economic inequality. These are problems of racial inequality.
And we have got to say that loudly and clearly.”

—HRC, February 16, 2016


DESERT STORM: Hillary Clinton campaigns in Las Vegas on February 19 ahead of the Nevada caucuses. (Credits: Dina Litovsky/Redux; Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)


“It wasn’t his time. That’s all. He’s a very capable person. It just wasn’t his time.”

—DJT, February 21, 2016


251: Number of days Jeb Bush stayed in the race. (Credit: The Washington Post/Getty Images)


Super Tuesday


(Credits: John Moore/Getty Images; Peter Foley/EPA/Redux)

Trump Rally Violence

“When they see what’s going on in this country, they have anger that’s unbelievable.
They have anger. They love this country.”

—DJT, March 10, 2016


Row by row, left to right: Feb. 19: Myrtle beach, S.C.; Feb. 29: Radford, Va.; March 8: Jupiter, Fla.; March 9: Fayetteville, N.C.; March 12: Dayton, Ohio; March 12: Vandalia, Ohio; April 18: Buffalo, N.Y.; April 28: Costa Mesa, Calif.; April 29: Burlingame, Calif.; May 25: Anaheim, Calif.; Oct. 4: Prescott Valley, Ariz. (Credits: Randall Hill/Reuters; Benjamin Lowy/Getty Images; Todd Heisler/The New York Times/Redux; William Philpott/Reuters; Brooks Kraft for Politico Magazine; Gerry Broome/AP; Mike Blake/Reuters; Noah Berger/Reuters; Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images; Mike Segar/Reuters)


The Hangers-On

“We have our differences, which you can see.”

—HRC, March 8, 2016


(Credit: Sean Proctor/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

1.5 Percentage points by which Bernie Sanders won the March 8 Michigan primary in a surprise upset;
Clinton had been polling ahead by 21 points.


“We have something happening that actually makes the Republican Party
probably the biggest political story anywhere in the world.”

—DJT, March 15, 2016


(Credit: Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

18.7 Percentage points by which Donald Trump beat Marco Rubio
in the Republican primary in Rubio’s home state of Florida.


Trump ‘Gets Serious’

He hires veteran operative Paul Manafort, earns the endorsement of GOP donor Sheldon Adelson,
even uses a teleprompter—but keeps going off script, particularly when it comes to foreign policy.


(Credits: Brooks Kraft for Politico Magazine; Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP; Mark Peterson/Redux; Brooks Kraft; Darren Hauck via Getty Images; Mark Peterson/Redux)


The Delegate Fight

211 Cruz narrows his delegate margin with Trump in early April.


(Credits: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images; Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images; Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


New York and ‘Acela’ Primaries


(Credits: Mark Peterson/Redux; Mark Peterson/Redux; Mary Altaffer/AP; Richard Drew/AP; Carlo Allegri/Reuters; Mark Makela/The New York Times)


The Final Primary Days

“Senator Sanders has every right to finish off his campaign however he chooses.
I do think there will then be the obvious need for us to unify the party.”

—HRC, May 22, 2016


May 3: Giving up the delegate fight after Donald Trump’s decisive primary victory in Indiana, Ted Cruz drops out of the race, and John Kasich follows the next day. But after his own victory in Indiana, a defiant Bernie Sanders campaigns in Bakersfield, California, in late May. (Credits: The Washington Post; Chris Bergin via Reuters; J.D. Pooley via Getty Images)


The Nominee

“It’s a beautiful thing to watch, and a beautiful thing to behold. And we are going to make America great again.”

—DJT, May 3, 2016


(Credits: Spencer Platt/Getty Images; Justin Sullivan /Getty Images; Nicholas Kamm/Getty Images; below: Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)



(Credits: Mark Peterson/Redux; Charlie Neibergall/AP; Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The Nominee

“I’m going to take a moment later tonight and the days ahead to fully absorb the history we’ve made here.”

—HRC, June 7, 2016


June 9: After Hillary Clinton’s Brooklyn speech celebrating her primary win (right), Elizabeth Warren and President Barack Obama both endorse her, and Obama invites Bernie Sanders to the White House for a talk. (Credits: Brooks Kraft for Politico Magazine; Pete Marovich/AP; Brooks Kraft for Politico Magazine)


The General Election Begins


(Credits: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images; Evan Vucci/AP)

The Running Mates

“Governor Pence, under tremendous pressure from establishment people, endorsed somebody else. But it was more of an endorsement for me.”

—DJT, July 16, 2016


(Credits: Drew Angerer/Getty Images; AP Photos; Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

“I have to say that Senator Tim Kaine is everything Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not.”

—HRC, July 23, 2016


(Credits: Brooks Kraft for Politico Magazine; AP Photos)


The Republican National Convention

“These are the forgotten men and women of our country. People who work hard but no longer have a voice—I am your voice.”

—DJT, July 21, 2016


(Credits: Brooks Kraft for Politico Magazine)

“I have a message to every last person threatening the peace on our streets
and the safety of our police. … I will restore law and order to our country.”

—DJT, July 21, 2016


(Credits: Brooks Kraft for Politico Magazine; Stefan Falke/Redux)


The Democratic National Convention

“Standing here as my mother’s daughter, and my daughter’s mother,
I’m so happy this day has come.”

—HRC, July 28, 2016


“We have the most dynamic and diverse people in the world.
We have the most tolerant and generous young people we’ve ever had.”

—HRC, July 28, 2016


(Credits: M. Scott Mahaskey for Politico Magazine; Cheriss May/Nurphoto Via Getty Images; M. Scott Mahaskey for Politico Magazine; Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call; Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call; Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images; T.J. Kirkpatrick/Redux; Joe Raedle/Getty Images; Stefan Falke for Politico Magazine)


Trump goes full Breitbart

As the candidate shakes up his campaign team, replacing Paul Manafort with
Breitbart CEO Steve Bannon and pollster Kellyanne Conway, he doubles down
on controversial statements about immigration, inner cities and his opponent, Clinton.


(Credits: Carlo Allegri/reuters; Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images; David Cruz/AFP/Getty Images; Fred Prouser/reuters; Hector Vivas/LatinContent/Getty Images; Carlo Allegriup/Reuters)


Portrait of a Clinton Supporter

“I don’t know about you, but I don’t think we have a person to waste.
We want to build an America where every person has a place. …
That’s the basic bargain of America.”

—HRC, August 25, 2016


Phillip (Credit: Maegan Gindi)


Gabrielle and Mthobisi, Snooki, Alaina (Credit: Maegan Gindi)


Dora, Nate, Alex (Credit: Maegan Gindi)


Portrait of a Trump Supporter

“She’s attacking all of the decent people of all backgrounds—doesn’t matter,
of all backgrounds—who support this incredible, once-in-a-lifetime movement.”

—DJT, August 25, 2016


Grace (Credit: Maegan Gindi)


Nick, Tapang, Jenna (Credit: Maegan Gindi)


Michael, Kevin, George (Credit: Maegan Gindi)


Into the Fall

“I hope you guys are ready. I’m ready. I’m more than ready.”

—HRC, September 5, 2016


MEET THE PRESS: Hillary Clinton talks to reporters on her new press plane on September 5. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)



September 11: Hillary Clinton leaves her daughter’s New York apartment after a pneumonia-induced stumble at a 9/11 memorial. (Credit: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)


September 16: Donald Trump at a campaign event in Washington where he admitted Barack Obama was born in America. Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images


The First Debate

“He called this woman ‘Miss Piggy.’ Then he called her ‘Miss Housekeeping’ because she was Latina.
Donald, she has a name. Her name is Alicia Machado.” ”

—HRC, September 26, 2016


September 26: Donald Trump’s treatment of former Miss Universe Alicia Machado became a flashpoint in the first presidential debate. (Credit: Mike Segar/Reuters)


The Meltdown

“Grab ‘em by the p—y.”

—DJT, September 2005


DOMINO EFFECT: After a 2005 recording of Donald Trump making lewd comments about women leaked (left), Trump brought three of Bill Clinton’s accusers to the second debate. Then, multiple women (right) came forward accusing Trump of past sexual misconduct. (Credits: Mike Segar/Reuters; Brooks Kraft for politico magazine; Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images; David McNew/Getty Images; NBC NEWS; Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images; Lakana Images; YouTube; New York Times)



The Second and Third Debates

“It’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country.”

—HRC, October 9, 2016

“Because you’d be in jail.”

—DJT, October 9, 2016


SHOWDOWN: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at the second and third presidential debates. (Credits: Gary He/EPA/Redux)


Source: Debate falsehoods are based on a tally of Politifact’s inaccurate, half-true, mostly false and false statements reported live during the three debates.


More October Surprises

“Haven’t we had enough drama with the Clintons?”

—DJT, October 29, 2016


ROADBLOCK: Hillary Clinton with close aide Huma Abedin on October 28, the day the FBI director said the bureau would investigate Clinton emails on Abedin’s husband’s computer. (Credit:Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)



Closing Arguments

“Let’s make sure that we send a loud unmistakable message that love trumps hate!”

—HRC, November 5, 2016


(Credit: Brooks Kraft for Politico Magazine)

“We’ve got to be nice and cool, nice and calm. … Stay on point, Donald. Stay on point.”

—DJT, November 2, 2016


(Credit: Brooks Kraft for Politico Magazine)


The Election

“I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important to me.”

—DJT, November 9, 2016


November 9: The morning after Donald Trump’s victory speech (above), Hillary Clinton delivers her concession speech (below) in New York, flanked by her husband, Bill, and vice presidential running mate, Tim Kaine. (Credits: Spencer Platt/Getty Images; Brooks Kraft for Politico Magazine)

“Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.”

—HRC, November 9, 2016


Last Word

“We’re going to be doing a job that hopefully you will be so proud of your president. You’ll be so proud.”

—President-elect Donald J. Trump, November 9, 2016


(Credit: Eric Thayer/The New York Times)

Chapter illustrations by Lincoln Agnew

Source: POLITICO – TOP Stories

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