No. 1: From Hope to Idiocracy
Many have noted the sad similarities between this year's presidential election and the one presented by Mike Judge's 2006 satire, Idiocracy. Artist Shepard Fairey, who created the "Hope" poster for Obama's first presidential bid, is an outspoken fan of Idiocracy, and weighed in with this update on the film's poster, inspired by the madness of this year's battle for the White House.
No. 2: I Dream of Hillary
Inspired by a romantic dream she had about Hillary Clinton back in 2007, New Orleans native Sarah Sole has been working on a series of paintings of her ever since. She's painted Clinton as Teddy Roosevelt, Tarzan, and a '50s-style calendar model, among others. Here, in a painting from earlier this year, Sole presents Clinton in the style of the most well-known portrait of James Buchanan, the 15th President of the United States.
No. 3: Baldwin and McKinnon for President
Audiences were thrilled when SNL announced it was bringing in Alec Baldwin to play Donald Trump for the duration of the election cycle, but nothing could prepare us for just how good he and Kate McKinnon (as Hillary) were going to be together. These sketches were the blood pressure medicine America needed, and the final installment, during which Baldwin and McKinnon broke character in order to traipse about the city to lovingly embrace anyone they could get a hold of, was a welcome dose of joy in an ugly passage in the history of U.S. politics.
No. 4: The Shimmy Heard 'Round the World
If you saw the first presidential debate, you've probably been practicing your own shimmy since. Illustrator Libby VanderPloeg was inspired to make this GIF after watching what was perhaps Hillary's most memorable debate moment, and saw it go viral instantly.
No. 5: Pop(ulist) Art
In a nod to Andy Warhol's 1972 Vote McGovern piece, New York artist Deborah Kass—the very person behind the iconic OY/YO sculpture in Brooklyn Bridge Park—created this, "her official fundraising screen print for the HRC campaign."
No. 6: The "Law & Order: SVU" Candidate
It appears this election cycle will be getting the Law & Order: SVU treatment it deserves. This episode was slated to run in October before NBC decided to push it back—but now we'll finally all be able to see Gary Cole (Office Space, Pineapple Express) take on the role of a Trump-inspired blowhard, in a storyline based on the flurry of sexual assault accusations recently hurled at the Republican candidate.
No. 7: Around the Election in 30 Day
Writer Dave Eggers helped oversee 30 Days, 30 Songs, a project originally slated to release one song per day over the course of the 30 days leading up to Election Day, fueled by the shared "desire to speak out against the ignorant, divisive, and hateful campaign of Donald Trump." There was so much enthusiasm for the endeavor, the name had to be updated to "30 Days, 50 Songs." Contributors include Death Cab for Cutie, Franz Ferdinand, R.E.M., Moby, and Jim James (of My Morning Jacket). "Consider this the music by which you will register to vote and cast your ballot for Hillary Clinton," reads the site's about page, "the only candidate who can prevent the apocalypse that would be Donald Trump as president."
No. 8: I Feel Like Hillz
This stencil set inspired by Kanye's omnipresent merch line lets anyone with some spray paint apply this Hillary design wherever they see fit. Shortly after it was introduced, the design could be found all over the New York City sidewalks—much to the delight of many a Sweet staffer.
No. 9: Stylin' and Profilin'... and Getting Profiled
The Swet Shop Boys is a new rap project that teams up Heems (formerly of Das Racist) and Riz MC, a.k.a. Riz Ahmed, who you may know for his fantastic performance in the lead role of HBO's recent limited series, The Night Of. Their song "T5," about the racial profiling they regularly face at the hands of the TSA, seems like a fitting anthem for an election season that saw one of the candidates—the one whose name begins in "Don" and ends in "ald Trump"—carelessly serving up xenophobia left and right. The chorus sums it up well: "Oh no, we're in trouble / TSA always wanna burst my bubble / Always get a random check when I rock the stubble."
No. 10: The Hillary We Need and Deserve
Artist Wendy White is known for her vibrant work in painting and mixed media, but found herself moved to design a pro-Hillary T-shirt for a Brooklyn fundraiser earlier this year. She cited many reasons for supporting Clinton, but she described her general motivation quite well in an interview with ArtNews: "She's a goddamn genius who inspires me daily.