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Summary: This campaigne has been the dirtiest in the history of our country. Even the relatives cannot escape humiliation. It's time for the church to be a light in this dark time of our history.

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In our country we have someone who is a designated survivor. This individual is usually a member of the United States Cabinet, who is arranged to be at a physically distant, secure, and undisclosed location when the President and the country's other top leaders are gathered at a single location, such as during State of the Union addresses and presidential inaugurations. This is intended to guarantee continuity of government in the event of a catastrophic occurrence that kills the President and many officials in the presidential line of succession. If such an event occurred, killing both the President and Vice President, the surviving official highest in the line, possibly the designated survivor, would become the Acting President of the United States under the Presidential Succession Act.

This season a new television series called “Designated Survivor” premiered. On the night of the State of the Union address, an explosion claims the lives of the President and all members of the Cabinet except for U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, who was to be replaced the next day. Tom Kirkman, who has been named the designated survivor is immediately sworn in as President. He is dealing with an attempted military coup, state governments attempting to become independent, and the lack of knowledge of who was behind the attack.

One aspect of the show that I find interesting but is not strongly focused on is the impact that this chain of events is having on his family. Suddenly his wife is now the First Lady. His children can no longer be free to live the normal life they had. Their father’s role has affected their lives.

This election has been one of attacks, not only against the candidates, but also their spouses. Such as nude photos taken of Melania Trump when she was a model. They were apparently from a series of photos from a shoot for the Max magazine, and were published in 1996. They graced the front page of the New York Post on Sunday, July 31. Meanwhile, images from a lesbian photo shoot Melania had participated in have also surfaced. She also received quite a bit of flak after it turned out that parts of her speech at the Republican National Convention were plagiarized from an address current U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama had given a few years ago. A speech that Melania did not write but was written for her by Trump’s speech writers. The latest scandal just broke where she heard her husband in a private conversation describing horrific descriptions of his treatment of woman after they were married. She has been defamed and muddied at the delight of those who oppose Donald Trump.

Trump’s daughter has been put into the public eye of humiliation. On ABC’s “The View” Trump when asked how he would react if Ivanka, a former teen model, posed for Playboy, Trump replied, "It would be really disappointing — not really — but it would depend on what's inside the magazine."

He added: "I don't think Ivanka would do that, although she does have a very nice figure. I've said if Ivanka weren't my daughter, perhaps I'd be dating her."

Since this statement was released she has had to face public humiliation concerning her father’s supposedly incestuous desires for her.

In July, 2015 an American dentist admitted to paying $50,000 to hunt and kill Cecil the lion, a beloved animal and popular tourist attraction in Zimbabwe. News of the killing sparked swift condemnation on social media, with many calling for Walter Palmer to be extradited to Zimbabwe to stand trial.

Amid the outrage, photos quickly resurfaced of Donald Trump's sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, posing with the dead bodies of several exotic animals, including an African elephant and leopard, they had previously hunted for sport.

Donald Trump defended his sons with the following statement: "My sons love to hunt. They are members of the NRA, very proudly. I am a big believer in the second amendment. My sons are hunters. Eric is a hunter. He puts it on a par with golf - ahead of golf. And my other son is a hunter. They are great marksmen, great shots. I like to play golf."

Hillary Clinton has been dealing with scandals concerning her husband for years. Bill Clinton has been publicly accused by several women of sexual misconduct. Juanita Broaddrick has accused Clinton of rape; Kathleen Willey has accused Clinton of groping her without consent; and Paula Jones accuses Clinton of exposing himself and sexually harassing her. Other women have had alleged adulterous affairs with Bill Clinton.

Of all the allegations made against him regarding his sexual history, Clinton has only admitted extramarital relationships with Monica Lewinsky and Gennifer Flowers, although he settled the suit brought by Paula Jones for $850,000.

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