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2016’s Best Election Memes

From Pepe the Frog to Trump as Voldemort and Clnton as Dolores Umbridge, the memes kept coming all through this marathon campaign. See the winners.

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Looking like the worst imaginable NWA cover band, Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton became the latest face of the Straight Outta Compton meme this election season. We dread the release of their mixtape.

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Trump’s trademark hair defied gravity and explanation, until internet sleuths discovered his doppelganger in an ear of corn. Meme-makers quickly found other lookalikes in fluffy dogs, Troll Dolls, and orange sushi.

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Once an innocent cartoon, Pepe the Frog became an alt-right icon in 2016. Trump tweeted the frog multiple times, after supporters sent him custom Pepe fan art.

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Trump’s first debate performance received the meme treatment before he even left the stage. After Trump repeatedly interrupted Clinton with accusations of “wrong,” his new catchphrase was photoshopped into famous scenes from world history.

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Another election, another Harry Potter metaphor. Fans of the series were quick to compare white-haired Bernie Sanders to Dumbledore, pink-pantsuited Hillary Clinton to Dolores Umbridge, failed job candidate Ted Cruz to Severus Snape, and Muslim-disliker Donald Trump to Muggle-disliker Voldemort.

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Trump’s source-citation might earn a failing grade in a high school history class, but students still hope they can pass off his tactics during finals season.

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The mystery of Trump’s pumpkin spice glow will outlast the election.

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Voters on both sides of the aisle expressed frustration at big donors’ influence over the election. The classic Matrix meme describes the raw deal many voters said they face this election.