Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump appears at campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan U.S. October 31 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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Good riddance to Campaign 2016, the election that put the "ugh" in ugly. Headed for history books a week from Tuesday, the duel between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump became a battle of "nasty women" and "bad hombres" vs. "deplorables" and voters who are "irredeemable". On June 16, 2015, minutes into a rambling campaign announcement speech, Trump was labeling Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals.Eleven Republicans were already in the race when Trump joined the field, with five still to come. It was reasonable to view the impolitic Trump as an improbable choice for the Grand Old Party.It wasn't just Trump who went low in the primary scramble.Rubio ("Little Marco" to Trump) mocked the New York businessman's "small hands". WikiLeaks released tens of thousands of emails from the Clinton campaign that U.S. intelligence officials said were hacked by the Russians.Trump proved his lead in preference polls was for real.Clinton made her own errors.A new bombshell dropped just in time for the second one: 2005 video of Trump making predatory comments about groping women.Princeton historian Julian Zelizer said the toxicity of the campaign will be remembered not simply as a fluke wrought by Trump but as part of a trend.
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