Be it governorship, legislative or presidential, the truth is, the election in the United States of America is always tough.
Being the POTUS is a highly competitive race. The whole world is kept on its toes throughout the voting process. Remember, we are talking about the most powerful country in the world. The outcome of U.S. election affects the entire world.
The United States of America’s election has been between two major political parties, the republican and democratic parties.
Furthermore, recent events have made political analysts and supporters to revisit past post-electoral events. And here’s the big question many are asking.
Where there riots when Barrack Obama won?
If your definition of violence is having a handful of unhappy party supporters take to the streets, then there wasn’t any riot when Obama won.
Barrack Obama won Senator John McCain to become the POTUS in his first race. He also contested and won Mitt Romney in his second term in office. Still, there was no riot.
There’s a difference between riots and protests. The thing is, riots are expressions of dissatisfaction and disapproval characterized by vandalism, violence and theft. But protests are peaceful public displays. They don’t include violence or vandalism.
So, there were no riots when Obama won. Nevertheless, there were protests during Obama’s campaign, including when he became the POTUS.
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Barrack Obama’s Unpredictable Political Journey
The name “Barrack Obama” has now become part of the United States of America’s history, not only because he was the 44th president of the most powerful country in the world but due to the circumstances that surrounded his emergence as POTUS.
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1961, Barrack Hussein Obama II was born and brought up in the United States of America. His mother was an American citizen of European descent, while his father was an African, precisely Kenya.
In 1983, Obama graduated from the University of Columbia. And, after that, he worked in Chicago as a community organizer. Five years after, precisely in 1988, he started Harvard Law School, where he made history.
Obama became Harvard Law Review’s first black President. And after graduating, he became an academic and civil rights attorney. He worked at the prestigious University of Chicago Law School, where he taught constitutional law from 1992 to 2004.
Obama’s political journey began in 1995 at age 34. In August, he filed paperwork seeking to run for Alice Palmer’s seat in the senate and won. In January, surprisingly, all four petitions from his competitors got invalidated. That automatically made him the sole candidate.
In November 1996, Obama got elected into Illinois Senate, where he represented the 13th district from 1997 to 2004.
In 2007, Barrack Obama made his intention to run for the POTUS known to his supporters and party members. Then in June 2008, he became the Democratic Party’s number one candidate. And in November, he defeated Senator John McCain, a Republican candidate, to become the 44th President of the United States of America.
Barrack Obama’s victory over John McCain made him the first African-American President in the United States of America’s history. He was also named Nobel Peace Prize laureate in 2009 and was the first-ever POTUS to visit Cuba since 1928.
How Senator John McCain Handled Barrack Obama’s Victory
Presidential candidates are like mini-god to their supporters. Thus, any candidate’s body language, utterances or actions could easily spark widespread riots in any country, not just in the United States of America.
The presidential election, which took place between the incumbent, Donald Trump and Joe Bidden, is a good example of what can transpire when candidates refuse to comport themselves and mind their utterances.
There were riots and vandalism attacks when Donald Trump lost his re-election to the opponent, Joe Bidden. Pro-Trump supports could not bear the news of their candidate losing and believed several unproven facts from the campaign team and the POTUS himself.
Violence broke out in several parts of the country. Most people were also caught transporting numerous weapons and firearms, which law enforcement agencies believed were ready to cause mayhem across the country.
The capitol building, over two centuries old, was invaded by pro-Trump supports. There were also reports of pro-Trump supporter’s planned armed protest during Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Many of the pro-Trump supporters believed the election between their preferred candidate and Joe Biden was rigged. They claimed there were massive electoral frauds. But what’s most surprising is no one, including President Trump, has been able to provide substantial evidence to prove that there were electoral malpractices in the election.
Sadly, Donald Trump isn’t the first presidential candidate to promote the voter-fraud myth. Other politicians and presidential aspirants have used it to gain sympathy and political advantage in the past.
But if we are all interested in seeing American democracy survive, then President Donald Trump should be the last President to ever use the voter-fraud myth.
Making such baseless claims would only undermine the voting system and cause more Americans to lose trust in the process. Politicians should learn to head to the court whenever they felt they had been shortchanged in an election. Ranting on social media about electoral malpractices without proof will lead many supports astray.
Words said on social media can easily be misconstrued, leading to a breakdown of law and order in the land.
There were no riots when Barack Obama won Republican John McCain in 2008 because both candidates and their supports trusted the process.
You certainly would have angry protesters express dissatisfaction seeing their candidate losing. But there weren’t riots in the country in the presidential election that took place in 2008.
Senator John McCain also made things easier by not tagging the electoral process and outcome a fraud. He quickly addressed his supporters, congratulated Barrack Obama, and reiterated his readiness to join hands with the newly elected POTUS to take the country to greater heights.
Protests That Happened During Barrack Obama’s Tenure AS POTUS
As POTUS, Obama took several critical decisions that were vetoed by Congress or made several citizens uncomfortable. So his administration was not entirely peaceful, as there were protests here and there.
Here are key events in Obama’s presidency that led to protests in several parts of the country.
- Tea Party protests: In April 2019, there were protests by Tea Party members across the United States of America. The protesters carried different placards, stating their grievances on the country’s high taxation and big government at Lafayette Park. The backronym for Tea, which most protesters displayed on their placards, is Taxed Enough Already (T-E-A).
- Anti-abortion protests: In May 2019, President Barrack Obama was selected as University of Notre Dame’s commencement speaker, a decision several anti-abortion rights activists didn’t fancy. There were protests by many activists, but that didn’t prevent the event from taking place.
- U.S. military intervention in Libya’s protests: The United States of America’s military intervention in Libya sparked protest in the country and different parts of the world. The protesters warned the U.S. government, UN and NATO to get their hands off Libya, and this happened when Barrack was the POTUS.
- Iran Nuclear Deal: In June 2015, during President Obama’s second tenure in office, protests took place in the United States of America. Protesters assembled at Times Square to kick against the Iran nuclear deal, calling on Congress to completely reject the agreement.
There were no riots when Barrack Obama won and became the 44th President of the United States of America, though there were protests during his campaign and office time. Nevertheless, there were no riots during his first and second term victory over John McCain and Mitt Romney.
Politicians need to stop using electoral fraud baseless claims to encourage riots, vandalism and violence across the country. Such baseless claims can also undermine the United States’ electoral system and cause voters to lose trust in the process.
The judiciary is there to handle cases of electoral malpractice, if suspected and prosecute parties found wanting. Instead of making baseless electoral fraud claims on social media, politicians should learn to head to the court.