‘American Horror Story: Cult’ Rings in Trump Era

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‘American Horror Story: Cult’ Rings in Trump Era

Season seven of 'American Horror Story' looks to be covering a wide-range of topics; from cults, to clowns, to Trump.

Season seven of 'American Horror Story' looks to be covering a wide-range of topics; from cults, to clowns, to Trump.

via Frank Ockenfels/FX

Season seven of 'American Horror Story' looks to be covering a wide-range of topics; from cults, to clowns, to Trump.

via Frank Ockenfels/FX

via Frank Ockenfels/FX

Season seven of 'American Horror Story' looks to be covering a wide-range of topics; from cults, to clowns, to Trump.

Ramon Alvarado, Editor-in-Chief

American Horror Story: Cult made its premiere on Tuesday, September 5, just in time to keep viewers spooked all Fall. The first episode used the 2016 election to set up the events for the seventh season of the award-winning show.

The first episode, titled “Election Night,” kicks off with Donald Trump winning the presidency over Hillary Clinton. The news instills fear into Ally (played by Sarah Paulson), her partner Ivy (Alison Pill), and their friends who support their same-sex relationship.

While Ally and her partner are distraught at the result of the election and what it may mean for their relationship, we are given a look at Evan Peter’s season seven character, Kai. The outcome of the election couldn’t be any better for Kai. “The revolution has begun,” proclaims Kai after seeing Trump has won. We continue to see him boast the victory in front of his television, chanting “U! S! A!” and yelling “Freedom!”

As the episode continues, we begin to see the lasting-effects the election has on Ally and Kai. Ally is so devastated by the news of the election, that her phobias begin to come back to light for her. Her fears of clowns and holes in objects (trypophobia) begin to haunt her through hallucinations. Ally’s fears seem to be set as the main source of terror for this season of American Horror Story.

Ally struggles all throughout the episode. Kai, on the other hand, is feeling brave and outspoken in light of the election. “Election Night” gracefully flows around Ally and Kai; even giving us an interaction between the two.

“Election Night” ends with both Ally and Kai in a questionable position, leaving viewers wondering what’s in store for them the rest of this season. American Horror Story: Cult will continue to air Tuesdays on FX at 10 p.m.

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