Do not let the Republicans tell you that Donald Trump has a mandate. The fact is that the same system Trump once lauded as the only true measure of victory gives Clinton a nearly historic level of support.
From the Independent:
“Nate Cohn, an election analyst at the New York Times, estimates that once all votes have been counted, 63.4 million Americans will have voted for Mrs Clinton and 61.2 million for Mr Trump, giving the Democrat a ‘winning’ margin of 1.5 per cent.
That total would be more than the votes received by any other presidential candidate in history except for Mr Obama in 2008 and 2012.”
The Independent credits a growing United States population for part of Clinton’s numbers. But some of the credit probably belongs to her, too:
“[It] also appears to undermine suggestions that, compared to previous candidates, she failed to inspire voters.”
As you probably know by now, Trump will become president because he won enough Electoral College votes to make him president. Not surprisingly, his former opposition to that system seems to have vanished. But let’s not forget that in 2012, Trump threw a Twitter temper tantrum when he mistakenly thought President Barack Obama had lost the popular vote to Republican Mitt Romney in the last presidential election.
The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012
Among other tweets, which have now been deleted, Trump called for a revolution in response.
As I write this, a popular Change.org petition has more than 4 million signatures asking the Electoral College, which will make Trump’s election official on December 19, to honor the popular vote and make Hillary Clinton president. This is clearly what Trump would have demanded if he were in Clinton’s shoes. Signing the petition sends a great message but, unfortunately, it is almost certain the Electoral College will not be swayed.
“Well, the electors are generally activists of their political party. So, Donald Trump, at the moment, is going to get at least 279 of the 538 electors. Those 279 people are active Republicans, either officeholders, former officeholders, party officials, maybe donors—people who are very devoted to the Republican Party. And there’s very little history that indicates that any more than zero or one of these 279 electors would ever deviate from their party’s nominee. So, when the Electoral College meets on December 19th, Donald Trump will probably get 100 percent of the 279 Republicans who are committed to vote for him.”
Please remember that they do not.
Watch Koza discuss the prospects for changing our electoral system on the November 11, 2016 Democracy Now program:
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