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Hillary vs. Trump once again

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Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2019 10:30 am | Updated: 1:05 pm, Thu Nov 7, 2019.

The year is 2016 and Hillary Clinton is being played by a 17-year-old high school senior in a hijab named Misbah, above.

Donald Trump is portrayed by a classmate, Daniel, top, whose parents are Ukranian immigrants.

For 20 years, Townsend Harris High School has staged a school-wide civic lesson on the American political system — a full-blown mock presidential election conducted in real time by students.

“The Candidates,” an 80-minute documentary by filmmakers Alexandra Stregiou and Lexi Henigman about the mock Townsend election of 2016, is set to make its TV debut next Tuesday, Nov. 5, on Fuse TV, the youth-oriented cable TV channel.

The election includes most of the elements of the real campaign — which was taking place at the same time — including TV coverage on “TNN” (the Townsend News Network), debates and students assigned to play the candidates’ spouses.

— Michael Shain

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