Even Though Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, Donald Trump won the presidency thanks to the electoral college. You sure don’t hear any complaints coming from Trump at the moment, despite months of screaming that the election was “rigged.” He won, so it was fair and square. But you can bet that he would be singing a different tune if the roles had been reversed.
As things are, Trump is just fine with the electoral college. But that wasn’t how he felt in 2012. Four years ago, Trump tweeted that the United States’ use of an electoral college was nothing short of a “disaster for a democracy.” The tweet went out on election night, although it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense since President Obama won the electoral college and the popular vote. Regardless, Trump was not happy.
The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012
Today, though, I’m just guessing that you aren’t likely to hear Trump say anything even remotely negative about the system that put him into the White House.
According to USA Today, “Trump will become the fourth person to become president without winning the popular vote, the most recent being George W. Bush in 2000. That result would also mean that George W. Bush in 2004 continues to be the only Republican candidate to win the popular vote since 1988.”
As of 1 a.m. Thursday morning, Trump had 59,698,506 votes and Hillary Clinton had 59,926,386, which means she has a lead of 227,880 votes. However, because of the electoral college system (and gerrymandering) Trump has secured the nomination with 290 electoral votes compared to Clinton’s 232.
You have to admit, it is ironic that the guy who kept saying the election was rigged managed to win the election and become president of the United States by coming in second.
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April has studied political science, psychology, and philosophy. Back in the good old days she was a reporter for “old fashioned” print newspapers. In addition to news and politics, she also blogs about service dogs and disability advocacy. As a black woman with a disability, she is fed up with the right-wingers who would prefer that she and others like her didn’t exist.