Quantcast
Connect with us

Not just Trump: Here are 5 more reasons 2016 totally sucked

Published

on

2016 — what a year.

What a horrible, no-good, rotten, stinking year.

You already know about how 2016 resulted in the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States, but that was far from the only tragedy to occur this year.

Below, we’ll go through five additional reasons the year 2016 totally sucked.

1.) Beloved celebrities dying left and right. The year started off with beloved musical icon David Bowie passing away, and the deaths of beloved celebrities simply cascaded from that point onward. Included among the dearly departed were legendary musician Prince, author Harper Lee, actor Gene Wilder, boxer Muhammad Ali, songwriter Leonard Cohen, journalist Gwen Ifill, actress Florence Henderson, space pioneer John Glenn, singer Sharon Jones, comedian Gary Shandling, actor Alan Rickman… the list goes on and on.

ADVERTISEMENT

2.) Brexit. In a sort of preview for Trump’s election, citizens in the United Kingdom backed a far-right campaign to remove their own country from the European Union.

Leading up to the vote to exit the EU, pro-Remain Labour MP Jo Cox was assassinated by a white nationalist who considered her a “traitor” to the country for championing the cause of migrants entering the country. After the vote, pro-Brexit ringleader Nigel Farage came to the United States to campaign for Donald Trump’s election — and now he plans to move to this country after successfully getting his own to divorce the rest of Europe.

3.) The year’s most popular internet meme revolved around a tragically killed gorilla. In late May, a Cincinnati Zoo worker shot and killed a silverback gorilla named Harambe to rescue a four-year-old boy who had crawled into the gorilla’s enclosure.

For reasons only the internet can explain, Harambe became the hottest social meme of the summer, as trolls all over the internet used the gorilla’s image to make a variety of inside jokes, including our personal favorite: “Bush Did Harambe”:

ADVERTISEMENT

All of this was rather upsetting to the Cincinnati Zoo, which begged the internet to stop using the slain gorilla as the butt of jokes. Things being what they are, the internet didn’t comply.

4. Record temperatures grip the world as climate change accelerates. What a time to elect a climate change denier to be the leader of the most powerful country on Earth! July and August of 2016 were the hottest two months that the world has since over the past 136 years. Even more disturbing was the fact that the scorching heat in August marked the 11th month in a row that record temperatures were recorded for different months.

ADVERTISEMENT

In other words, this isn’t exactly a good time to start pumping significantly more carbon into the atmosphere… which is what’s very likely going to happen anyway.

5. The Bundy family got acquitted on all charges. Yes, it seems that you can get away with an armed takeover of a government facility in this country… as long as you’re not a Muslim.

ADVERTISEMENT

The blanket acquittal of Bundy militia members after their 2014 armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge shocked many Americans who believed this to be an open-and-shut case.

Apparently, storming into a government facility carrying guns and talking openly about revolution against the federal government failed to meet the standard of engaging in “an illegal conspiracy that kept federal workers — employees of the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Land Management — from doing their jobs.”

It is impossible to imagine such a verdict being handed down if the Bundy militia members had taken over the refuge on behalf of, say, ISIS — but that’s just another reason why 2016 was an absolutely horrible year.

ADVERTISEMENT


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Trump snubs Pelosi for signing ceremony of trade deal she helped him pass

Published

on

On Tuesday, CNN's Haley Byrd reported that President Donald Trump is not inviting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to the signing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the president's signature trade agreement that updates and modernizes the earlier NAFTA deal.

Major Democratic committee chairs who were instrumental in shaping the final resolution, including Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) were reportedly also not invited to the signing.

Democratic votes were critical to the ultimate passage of USMCA, and also played a role in influencing the final, bipartisan details of the agreement.

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

George Conway lists all of Trump’s most hilarious geographic blunders after the president whines about being mocked

Published

on

President Donald Trump's circle is up in arms over a late-night CNN segment on Monday in which analysts joked that Trump — and his fanbase — are probably not smart enough to locate Ukraine on a map.

But on Tuesday, conservative lawyer and Trump critic George Conway pointed out that the president has indeed never shown any aptitude for geography — and listed off some of his most well-known and mocked blunders:

A thread for those who think @realDonaldTrump could find Ukraine on a marked map:

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

GOP’s Joni Ernst may have inadvertently boosted Joe Biden in Iowa: ex-White House official

Published

on

On CNN's "New Day," regular contributor and former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart almost rolled his eyes at a clip of Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst rushing to the cameras to gush about attacks on Joe Biden, saying she may have ended up helping the former vice president in her own state.

Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota after watching the clip of the Iowa Republican blurting, "The Iowa caucuses are this next Monday evening, and I'm really interested to see how this discussion today informs and influences the Iowa caucus voters, those Democratic goers. Will they be supporting VP Biden at this point?" Lockhart seemed in disbelief that she may have handed Biden a boost.

Continue Reading
 
 
Help Raw Story Uncover Injustice. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1 and go ad-free.
close-image