American Horror Story: Cult uses American presidential election to ignite series

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Cult premieres at the same time as her "surprise project".

If that's the case, then American Horror Story: Cult is going to be a hit.

"Our feeling is that everybody lost their s-t after the election - Republican, Democrat - and everybody's still losing their s-t, and nobody's really figured out from either side where to put those feelings", creator Ryan Murphy said at a recent press event, via The Hollywood Reporter.

Giant red noses fit into the larger Trump-world narrative because Ally is dealing with a serious clown phobia that's resurfacing at least in part because of her election angst.

The outcome of the 2016 presidential election kicks the plot of American Horror Story: Cult into gear, but as it turns out, this would have been true even if Hillary Clinton had defeated Donald Trump. The group attacks him, which appears to be according to Kai's plan; an anonymous bystander records the beatdown on a cell phone nearby. Or perhaps the clowns are real and they are preying on Ally's phobias in an attempt to destroy her family? "F- you, Nate Silver!" Kai then proceeds to blend up a bag of orange cheese puffs, smear the mixture on his face, and practice his own Trump impression. How'd you like to relieve Election Night 2016 all over again? Murphy brought back some of the series fan favorites for the seventh season. The season really is not about Trump, it's not about Clinton. As she looks up, she thinks she sees the reflection of two odd people. In the context of the 2016 election, MI is especially divisive: that fact that MI was part of Jill Stein's recount effort adds more salt to the wound. "When I got into the booth, I couldn't do it". Online: "It starts on election night is all I'll say. But as much as I hate him, I didn't trust her". "All of those characters come and go within the cycle of the show". Learning of the news, Winter is devastated, having dropped out of Vassar College to campaign for Hillary for a year. Winter tells Ally and Ivy that she and Oz never really went over to investigate anything and that there were no clowns. This is a charge levied by more than just a fictional AHS character.

If there were two news cycles that most people definitely had their fill of in 2016, it was the outbreak of creepy clown sightings terrorizing America and, of course, the presidential election - the latter having had lasting effects many Americans are still reliving on a daily basis, like an very bad Groundhog Day scenario. Outside of the neighbor's house, she helps him look into the window and he witnesses their murders.

You're in or you're out at this point, if you make it that far, because we bring on new characters, like detectives, settle into the insane in store, and are increasingly saddled with hints that we aren't watching the timeline we might have expected.

To Trump-supporters who are considering shutting off American Horror Story given the new political connotations, Murhpy asks that they give the season a chance.

Stick with The Inquisitr for more American Horror Story (AHS) spoilers, news, and casting updates. But before the circus arrives, she has a brief encounter with a familiar American Horror Story face: Chaz Bono.

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