How America Ended Up With Hillary Clinton And Donald Trump, Explained By Samantha Bee On 'Full Frontal'

This is how the USA got stuck with the two most disliked presidential candidates in recent history.

07/06/2016 12:18

The US presidential primaries have been trucking on for a few months now, but much of it goes right over our heads here in the UK because it's all really complicated.

What we saw was one orange man with silly hair making fun of about 20 other people until suddenly he became the Republican candidate, and Hillary Clinton strutting fairly easily towards the Democratic nomination.

But there's an awful lot more to it, and thankfully Samantha Bee of 'Full Frontal' has broken it all down into an easy-to-understand seven minute video so we can comprehend exactly what has been going on since the fateful day Donald Trump decided to run for president, and how America got stuck with the two most disliked presidential candidates in recent history going against each other in the same year.

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A poll suggests Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are the two most disliked presidential candidates since the 1980s

It's been fairly clear who would be leading both major parties into the 2016 general election for some months now, but it was only this week that Clinton became the presumptive nominee after fighting off Bernie Sanders. The Democrats had a fairly simple choice to make for the public votes which chose their presidential candidates - two main competitors clearly outlining their policies.

The Republican primary, however, is a little more complicated. It started off with around 17 major candidates who were all scrambling for media attention around the time Trump announced his candidacy in June 2015.

George Pataki, Lindsey Graham, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry and Scott Walker all dropped out before the primaries officially began, leaving a measly 12 on the ballots.

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That's a lot of faces

Back then, it seemed almost laughable that a real estate mogul and reality TV star would end up on the ticket. However, slowly but surely, big names in politics like Jeb Bush and Chris Christie dropped off. 

There was lots of talk before it became a one-horse race about how the Republican Party could launch a coup to oust Trump, or execute a scheme to back a third party candidate, but they all soon realised that keeping the party united was the only way they stood a chance of staying intact after the last year practically shredded the very fabric of the GOP and left the American right wing in tatters.

One by one, all the party faithful who had vowed never to let Trump take control of the Republican Party changed their tunes and endorsed him, or at least begrudgingly pledged to support "whoever the party chose".

We still have to wait for both parties to hold their national conventions in July, but it looks fairly certain that Clinton and Trump will be the two main players when the US goes to the polls on 8 November.

HuffPost Pollster currently has Clinton leading over Trump with 46% to 41%, but all that could change with a few months of campaigning.

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