Politics Explained

Looking back on the absolute rollercoaster that was politics in 2017

Take a trip with me down memory lane...

By Abigail Jones

2017 was a big year. For many reasons; some good, some bad, some very ugly (most of the ugly came in the form of a fat man in a blonde wig though). As we welcome in the new year, here’s a quick re-cap of all the things that went down.

January

On the 27th January, Trump signed an Executive Order banning Muslims from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the United States.

…A week later, a federal judge from Seattle suspends it nationwide. Nice try hun!

Richard Spencer (a figurehead of the alt-Right movement) then got punched in the head on live TV during Trump’s inauguration day.

Trump’s Inauguration happened, and the whole world groaned. Obama felt a sense of ‘serenity’ and we all collectively hoped he lives the rest of his live in blissful peace on some tropical island far away from Don’s bullshit.

The worldwide Women’s March took place on January 21st to voice outrage following Trump’s inauguration and to protest for equal rights, including women’s rights and LGBTQ+ rights.

Protesters also gathered at airports to oppose Trump’s Muslim travel ban.

February

Stormzy proved that racism is still well and truly alive in the borough of Chelsea after the police broke into his home, following reports that he was robbing… himself.

March

South Korean expert, Professor Robert Kelly, gave possibly the best interview the BBC has ever seen:

Our disgraced Liam Fox denied sent a tweet claiming that Britain shouldn’t have to hide its history whilst sitting in front of said tweet on live television. Such is the state of our Conservative party…

April

This hilarious caption happened. Just in case you were confused about which figure in this photo is the President of the USA. (We know, it’s hard)

May

The far right politician Marine Le Pen conceded her defeat to Emmanuel Macron, and he became the youngest President of France.

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Local elections were held across the UK. The Tories did the best they had ever done in decades, and we all gladly watched UKIP lose every seat they were defending.

And in sadder news, a terror attack on the Manchester Arena left 22 dead following a concert performed by Ariana Grande.

And Donald Trumps tweets entered a new level of weird:

June

Ariana Grande organised the ‘One Love Manchester’ concert with all proceeds going to the victims of the terror attack.

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Donald Trump announced the USA’s withdrawal from the Paris agreement, once again proving that he cannot tell the difference between weather and climate.

Theresa May attended her first European Council Summit, exactly a year after the British populace voted ‘Leave’ on Brexit.

Lord Buckethead challenged Theresa May in the election.

Theresa May massively underestimated voters in the June election and narrowly avoided losing her position as Prime Minister to Jezza Corbyn.

And of course, the London Bridge terror attack left 8 dead and 48 injured, with the candidates pausing the campaign out of respect.

July

‘It’s an honour to be with you.’ – Trump. Trump and Putin met in Hamburg for the G20 summit, and Trump massively bumlicked, of course.

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August

The Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia took place to oppose the removal of the statue of Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park, resulting in the death of 32 year old Heather Heyer. Her final post on Facebook read: ‘If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.’

Donald Trump said there are ‘many sides’ to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville and failed to condemn the rally. Shock.

September

Angela Merkel won a historic fourth term as Chancellor of Germany.

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Hillary Clinton published ‘What Happened’ with Simon & Schuster detailing her experiences as a candidate for the US Presidential Election.

The Catalan government approved a referendum, due to take place in October.

October

A gunman opened fire from a hotel room in Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas killing 58 and leaving 546 injured.

The Catalan independence referendum was held on October 1st and was declared illegal by Spain. The National Police Corps and Guardia Civil raided polling stations, and over 893 civilians and 431 agents of the Police and Guardia Civil were injured during the violence that ensued.

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On October 5th, The New York Times published an article entitled ‘Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades’, beginning a flood of sexual harassment accusations against the film producer. Actresses Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd were among the first women to come forward.

Antony Rapp spoke out against Kevin Spacey, whom he accused made sexual advances towards him when he was just 14 years old.

On October 30th, Spacey created something no one ever thought was possible – a bad time to come out as a gay man.

The #MeToo campaign was then sparked in the wake of the allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

An NYC Truck attack left 8 people dead and 11 injured as the driver collided with cyclists and runners along the Hudson River Park’s bike path.

November

Lena Dunham proved again that she’s the world shittiest feminist when she accused Aurora Perrineau of lying about her rape.

During a tour of Asis, Trump got a little bothered by the fact that someone called him ‘old’ (conveniently forgetting the ‘lunatic’ part of Kim Jong-Un’s insult) and penned what might be the most crybaby tweet of all time:

December

‘The Silence Breakers’ were announced as TIME’s ‘Person of the Year’. Ironically, Donald Trump was a close runner up.

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Big Don once again proved he doesn’t know the difference between climate and weather. Good one old chap!

A Federal Appeals court in Washington became the second US federal court to block Trump’s Transgender ban before it was due to come into effect on January 1.

To sum it all up;

2018, please have mercy.

Check out Abigail’s personal fashion blog here.

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