Media’s Madmen


Republican presidential candidates Ben Carson, left, and Donald Trump during the GOP debate at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Jennifer Chavarria

The 2016 presidential election is stirring up some controversy. The internet is buzzing – every tweet, Instagram post and Facebook status seems to be about the upcoming election. Everyone seems to have something to say, specifically about Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. The Republican primaries have had a few debates already, while the Democrats are still hiding behind the curtains. Twitter has been playing a huge factor in this election.

“Most of social media is actually Democratic. If you look on Twitter, everything is bashing Donald Trump [and] Republicans. If anything, I think social media helps the Democratic party more than the Republicans,” John Reato (11) said.

Social media is drawing a fine line between two candidates in particular, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. Trump is a major topic of controversy.

Trump is taking over the show, which is kind of annoying because what he says is just ridiculous and offensive. He has no political experience, and yet he’s winning all these polls. I don’t think it would be good to have a president who just slams people and acts like a mean girl in high school on Twitter,” Joule Tazbir (12) said.

On social media, many people have different views on Donald Trump.

“You either love [Donald Trump] or you hate him. There’s a lot of people that hate him,” Bradley Loden (11) said.

Bernie Sanders also has his share of the spotlight. The hashtag #feelthebern has even started to trend.

“I’m not a fan of Bernie Sanders. Everything [he] say sounds nice for young voters, but [he] appeals to minorities and lower class. If it comes down to [Donald] Trump and [Bernie] Sanders, I’m just not voting,” Tazbir said.

Having a more peaceful nation in mind, Bernie Sanders still draws some people in.

“Bernie Sanders [is] very towards the liberal side and he’s towards equal rights and that’s very much me,” Kaitlyn Seitz (11) said.

The 2016 election will be here before we know it, so will you #feelthebern or #makeamericagreatagain?