It’s amazing what people will believe when caught in a time of crisis. In an election cycle where both of the top Presidential candidates hold an unfavorable rating among Americans, Andy Borowitz, a New York Times best-selling author and a comedian, wrote a piece for the New Yorker. In his article, he described how Great Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has volunteered in a T.V. address to Americans to restore British rule over America as an alternative to voting for unpopular Presidential candidates Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump.
According to Borowitz’s writings, the Queen urged Americans to write her name in on the election ballot “in recognition of the desperate situation you now find yourselves in.” She apparently then added, “This two-hundred-and-forty-year experiment in self-rule began with the best of intentions, but I think we can all agree that it didn’t end well.”
Remembering Borowitz’s is a comedian and prone to satire, everything he wrote was done in jest. However, there have been numerous individuals on both sides of the pond who are having difficulty deciding whether or not this information is real and/or accurate.
To be clear, the Queen never went on television to ask Americans to consider her as a write-in candidate. In fact, it would be very difficult to find any point in time where the Queen has ever expressed a desire to be involved in running a complicated nation like the United States.
What is clear is that the current political environment in America is in absolute turmoil. The political battle between Clinton and Trump has been the nastiest in recent memory. With both candidate mired in controversy and personality issues, they can only count on support from their most ardent supporters. Is it this kind of political landscape that makes the idea of the Queen recapturing America such an appealing concept?