Oh Great, Someone Told Trump And Hillary About Pokémon. | Gradient

Oh great, someone told Trump and Hillary about Pokémon.



Pokémon Go! continues to spread like a minor public health crisis, an aerial virus flu of mobile gaming. It was only a matter of time before Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, two people that could be grandparents to the average Pokémon gamer, decided they needed to catch ‘em all… your votes!*

*You cringe, but this is similar to a joke Hillary actually made. For real! 2016!

Trump brought out the big guns, publishing a video to his Facebook profile capturing the visual style of the addictive AR game.

In “Crooked Hillary No,” the Pokémon game no one should ever have to play, a wild “Crooked Hillary” appears in a web of lies caught by Trump’s digital media team. Her special attack has something to do with email, we think. Click here to watch the video, if you must.

Not to be undone, Hillary is holding a campaign event at a Pokémon Go!  Pokéstop — an in-game, location specific landmark players used to load up on Pokéballs, Pokémon eggs, and other in-game items ideally used to escape the existential dread of the 2016 election. Her campaign site, advertising the event, reads [emphasis ours] “Join us as we go to the Pokestop in Madison Park and put up a lure module, get free pokemon, & battle each other while you register voters and learn more about Sec. Hillary Clinton!!! Kids welcome!”

If she can’t put the accent on the é in Pokémon, how can we trust her with emails? What about nuclear weapons?

While campaigning in Virginia, Clinton told her audience while she doesn’t know who created Pokémon Go, she is “trying to figure out how we get them to have Pokémon Go to the polls.”**  No word on the percentage of attendees that reflexively googled Gary Johnson just in case she kept going. You can watch below:

**Told ya! She said it. She said that.

Anyway, Nintendo published the first Pokémon game in 1996, and there are 115 days until Election Day.

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