I'm not American, so I'm not too sure how this whole thing works. Politics isn't exactly my strong suit but if Trump and Clinton are both bad candidates then why aren't there more options of who to vote for as the American President? How did they even get there in the first place? Thanks.
Most Helpful Girl
that's just how the cookie crumbles...
any other questions, mr. crumbles?1
Most Helpful Guy
They literally chose them. There are huge selection processes by which the two main parties (democrat and republican) select candidates that they endorse, and tons of americans vote in those processes. (They are called the 'primaries', and they're quite complicated, but if you're interested you could read up on them).
There are other people running for president either as independents or representing very small parties, but they have no legitimate chance of winning. So American voters can now vote for one of trump or Clinton. Most voters, even if they don't like one of them that much, will vote for the 'lesser of two evils'. If they vote for the third party candidates, then they are giving up the opportunity to pick which of the two real candidates will be president.
As to why the candidates are so bad... well they're really different. Hillary is very experienced, and it's sort of her 'turn'. She lost to Obama in the primaries, and has been waiting, and a certain group loved Bill Clinton, and want a female, and so love her... and she's well connected with the establishment. She should have won the primaries easily, but was actually given a run by a guy who isn't actually a real democrat, has no connections, is way more 'left' than the u. s. mainstream, and isn't a very good public speaker. That was her opposition, and she -managed- to win.
Trump? The republican field was really, really fragmented. There were a bunch of dull, somewhat flawed candidates, nobody obviously really strong, and trump tapped an 'outsider' vein. In the early stages of the campaign, he was getting nowhere near majority support, but he had his core, while the 'mainstream' votes were divided many many ways. The 'old' style republicans never managed to rally around one candidate in time to give him a good run, so he sort of... walked in.
And now the two most hated candidates in history are facing off.1