Election night is over and Hillary Clinton wins the electoral vote. Problem is Donald Trump got 2 million more popular votes than Hillary did. How long do you think it would take for the Trump supporters to start screaming about having the elections stolen from them?
Well, the fact of the matter is by the time all the votes are counted Hillary Clinton may well have upwards of 3 million more popular votes than Donald Trump. But because of the electoral college, Trump will win the presidency.
Remember when you were in grade school and the teacher told you majority rules when the class decided whether or not they were going to play foursquare or tetherball during recess? The presidency of the United States is the only major election in the world where a person can win the popular vote, i.e., get more votes than his or her opponent, and lose the election because of the archaic system set up by the founding fathers more than two centuries ago. Back when the Constitution was ratified in 1789, the powers that be did not have faith in the average American voter to be able to choose such an important position as president of the United States. Same was true for the U.S. Senate. Senators were selected by their state legislators.
According to the New York Times, former Secretary of State Clinton didn’t win the popular vote in a squeaker. She will have won it by a substantial margin, by the time the final tally is counted, Mrs. Clinton will have won a majority of than 2 million votes and more than 1.5 percentage points, according to NY Times’s Nate Cohn. She will have won by a wider percentage margin than not only Al Gore in 2000 but also Richard Nixon in 1968 and John F. Kennedy in 1960.
It will be extremely difficult for Trump to claim a mandate to carry out his agenda and alt-right schemes to turn the clock back to the 1950s when in fact he lost the popular vote by over 2 million votes
In the meantime people continue to fill the streets in major cities across the United States chanting, “#NotMyPresident.” And “#Hillary won the vote.” These chants will be noticed by the mainstream media especially if the protests grow more and more widespread over the days to come.
What’s to be done about it? Choose your poison. Do you want a Civil War precipitated by people supporting the candidate who won the majority vote, or a Civil War fostered by the candidate who won the Electoral College? And keep in mind, the Electoral College does not vote until the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December.
Can members of the Electoral College switch their vote? You bet your bippie they can, in 21 states. 17 states that came down for Trump on election night can decide, should they desire to do so, to switch their votes to the candidate who won the popular vote, Those states are: AR, AZ, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, MO, ND, PA, SD, TN, TX, UT, WV. Unfortunately from Clinton’s perspective, only Iowa, Pennsylvania, a long-shot Missouri, and perhaps a rogue Georgia could tip the balance toward Hillary Clinton. With Trump currently at 306 Electoral Votes, even a sweep of faithless electoral voters would swing the margin to add 24 electoral votes to Hillary, giving her 256 Electoral Votes. She would still need to find 68,000 votes in Pennsylvania to put her over the the top with 276 electoral votes. And forget Pennsylvania. If she finds another 9,000 votes in Michigan, she gets 16 more electoral votes, which puts her at 248 votes, where she would need to find another 26,000 votes to get Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes, lifting her to 258. A bigger task would be to find the 120,000 votes she would have needed in Florida, but that would have put her over the top with 287 electoral votes.
The way we select our presidents in America is stupid and arcane. in every other election from City Council to mayor to congressman to senator, whoever gets the most votes wins. It’s time to trust the American voter to decide who should or should not be president of the United States.
As of early this morning, Hillary Clinton, according to the NYT:
Hillary Clinton didn’t just win the popular vote. She won it by a substantial margin.
By the time all the ballots are counted, she seems likely to be ahead by more than 2 million votes and more than 1.5 percentage points, according to my Times colleague Nate Cohn. She will have won by a wider percentage margin than not only Al Gore in 2000 but also Richard Nixon in 1968 and John F. Kennedy in 1960.
Too bad that this is not a nation where majority rules.