In other words, American democracy is looking more and more fragile every day. Voter fraud is extremely rare — The Washington Post found only 31 examples out of 1 billion ballots cast — and the United States has had uninterrupted peaceful transfers of power from a president from one party to a president from another since 1800. But, to some Twitter users in Africa, the U.S. campaign of 2016 is beginning to exhibit the characteristics of their own struggles with democracy.
Using the hashtag #Nov8AfricanEdition, hundreds of people — mostly Nigerians — have issued satirical headlines that mirror the way Western news media cover African elections. The tweets, which continue to roll in, capitalize on an opportunity to apply the same sanctimonious language to American elections that often are applied to African states.