Election Day snippets: Trump peeks at wife voting, Clinton thanks Pantsuits sisterhood

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump vote at PS 59 in New York, New York, US, on Nov 8, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump vote at PS 59 in New York, New York, US, on Nov 8, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERSPHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Social media jokes about Mr Donald Trump "peeking" at his wife's ballot; President Barack Obama shooting hoops; the "sisterhood of the travelling pantsuits" is revived.

Here are some snippets from around the United States on Election Day.

The Trumps: Like father, like son 

Mr Trump's day did not start as well as he might have planned.

As he went to cast his ballot, The Donald's fellow New Yorkers were characteristically warmhearted, greeting him with shouts of "New York hates you!"

When Mr Trump was caught on camera seemingly taking a peek over the voting machine's blinder at his wife Melania's ballot, it invited more mocking and launched the umpteenth social media election meme of 2016.

"Donald Trump doesn't even trust Melania to vote for him" joked @cafedotcom.

When a similar image emerged of Mr Eric Trump stealing a glance at his own wife Lara Yunaska, @JuddLegum tweeted: "Like father, like son."

Sisterhood of the travelling pantsuits & #MannequinChallenge 

Mrs Hillary Clinton's emergence as the first woman to represent a major party in the White House race has given the humble pantsuit another moment in the sun.

In 2008, after losing the party nomination she thanked "my sisterhood of the travelling pantsuits". Since then, it seems the movement has not gone away but gone underground.

A secret Facebook group called Pantsuit Nation began as 50 Hillary Clinton supporters who decided to wear the outfit to the polls to show their support for the Democratic nominee.

It now has 2.2 million members and counting.

The much-maligned garb has been made a quirky symbol for the former secretary of state, first lady and senator.

Beyonce traded her usual curve-hugging costumes for a pantsuit when she performed at a Clinton rally in Cleveland on Friday.

For much of the campaign, Mrs Clinton has fought off suggestions her demeanor is a bit too rigid.

Her campaign fought back on the eve of the election by turning the nominee, her entire travelling team, former president Bill Clinton and Jon Bon Jovi into "mannequins".

Harnessing a social media craze, the Clinton camp sent a roving videographer through her campaign plane among statue-still staff.

The #MannequinChallenge had already been taken up by American football teams and entire schools full of students.

'Creepy' Donald Trump cake

Mr Trump's election night party at Trump Tower in New York saw a bust cake - apparently sculpted in his likeness - being wheeled in. 

Internet users poked fun at how "creepy" the cake looked, and noted that the cake's sad expression mirrored how its real life doppelganger was feeling due to a lacklustre performance at the polls. 

Of course, it did not take long for the Trump confection to be immortalised in memes. 

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Marilyn Manson 'executes' Trump

Shock rocker Marilyn Manson marked Election Day by releasing a graphic video that portrays the execution of a character resembling Mr Trump.

SAY10, the title track off the Goth artist's upcoming album, shows Manson sitting on a throne and tearing out pages of a Bible before beheading the bushy-haired man in a suit.

Manson is known for his provocative gestures and for dabbling in the occult but has rarely been overtly political.

His video comes after a campaign in which a slew of top artists including Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Bruce Springsteen performed for Mrs Clinton, with none advocating violence against Mr Trump.

The election selfie - yes or no?

No public event, no notable occasion in modern life would be complete without a photographical self-portrait.

That includes ballot-casting selfies, except if you live in a US state where it is legally dubious.

A potpourri of election laws seem to proscribe the activity in some states but not in others. Some legal experts say the activity may be covered by the first amendment to the Constitution guaranteeing free speech.

Voters appeared unsurprisingly confused on Election Day, and at least one ran into trouble.

After Mr Eric Trump posted a picture of his ballot paper, Democratic activists lodged a complaint with the New York State Board of Elections.

Slam dunk for Obama

Is the US election a slam dunk? It is for Mr Obama, who early on Election Day took part in a ritual game of basketball as Americans flocked to the polls.

In keeping with a 2008 and 2012 tradition, he hit the court with friends.

At 55 years old and after eight gruelling years in the White House, Mr Obama is more likely to be chipping a wedge shot than taking a free throw these days.

But at least there was no repeat of 2010, when he needed 12 stitches after "being inadvertently hit with an opposing player's elbow in the lip while playing basketball with friends and family".

Kanye West for President in 2020? 


Kanye West performs on stage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards on Aug 26 at New York's Madison Square Garden. PHOTO: AFP  

The next US President has not been confirmed yet, but the Internet has already grown tired of the 2016 election and are looking forward to the next one in 2020, when rapper Kanye West has been touted as a frontrunner. 

"Reality star Trump made it all the way to the general election ballot. Gives me faith that 2020 will see a Kanye West race to the White House," Twitter user @KateMowgli tweeted. 

The hashtag #Kanye2020 has quickly gained traction on the social media platform, where the eternal optimists are all ready to dismiss the upcoming four years in favour of better days in 2020. 

In August, Mr West, 39, told the BBC in a radio interview that he was planning to throw his hat in the ring. “When I talk about the idea of being president, I'm not saying I have any political views. I just have a view on humanity, on people, on the truth,” he said.