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dateline: 09 November 2016

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America Elects Donald Trump for President

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • elect: to formally choose someone to be a leader
  • victory: a win
  • former: in the past
  • secretary of state: foreign advisor to the president
  • poll: an informal survey used for gathering data and making predictions
  • swing states: states that don’t always vote for a specific party

America Elects Donald Trump for President

On November 8, 2016, Americans elected Donald Trump as the president of the United States. Trump’s victory over former secretary of state Hillary Clinton shocked the world and caused financial markets to . In the last few weeks before the election, many polls and political analysts had suggested that the Republican candidate, who had no previous experience in government, had little chance of his highly experienced . Trump surprised everyone, including his own party members, by winning a number of key swing states that were required to win the election.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What election took place on November 8, 2016, and who won?
  2. How did the world react to the results?
  3. What did polls predict in the weeks leading up to the election?

Discussion Questions: In his acceptance speech, President-elect Trump said that when he moves into the White House, “Every single American will have the opportunity to realize his or her fullest potential”. Do you believe these words? Why or why not?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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