How Donald Trump Won The Election, Even Though Hillary Clinton Won The Popular Vote
The 2016 Presidential Election will go down in history as one of the most bizarre elections of all time. Never in the history of this great country has a candidate running for any office, much less President, been able to get away with the things that Donald Trump has said and done. So how did he win? Five main factors created the perfect storm:
1. The Electoral College
2. The missing Black Democrat votes
3. The missing White Democrat votes
4. The missing Republican votes
5. The surge of NEW White Republicans voters
Three major groups failed to go to the polls, which opened the door for new voters to put him in office. Like President Barack Obama said, "Don't boo...vote!" THE NON-VOTE IS A VOTE!!!!!!! The sooner people understand that, the better. Another factor that came into play is that this was the first Presidential Election in fifty years that Black/minority voters DID NOT have the full protection of the Voting Rights Act. Yep, that's right! The GOP was well aware of that fact, too.
The LA Times reports Republicans used these "legal" voter suppression tricks to their advantage during this election, by targeting Black/minority voters in Southern states with "surgical precision." The Brennan Center for Justice reports Black/minority voters in 22 states faced new voter restrictions. The new laws range from everything to strict photo ID requirements, early voting cutbacks, fewer polling stations, to voter registration restrictions, and anything else they could think of. These deliberate discriminatory laws are now in effect in half of the states in America, especially in those with a long history of racial discrimination.
President Obama pleaded for Congress to amend the law, and he even wrote an open letter in the New York Times explaining the importance of the bill, but to no avail. In 2013, the Supreme Court struck down key parts of the Voting Rights Act, which directly changed the way Blacks/minorities were able to vote in Tuesday's November 8, 2016 presidential election. President Obama called on Congress to pass new protections for minorities, saying, “As a nation, we’ve made a great deal of progress towards guaranteeing every American the right to vote. But, as the supreme court recognized, voting discrimination still exists.”
He is absolutely right. According to reports, voter suppression tactics and changes used to require federal approval; now they don't. This type of voter suppression paid-off big time for the Republicans, and ultimately had a huge impact on the election of Donald Trump. If nothing changes, you can bet this will continue, and will be far worse as time progresses. Below is a map of all the states currently using these new restrictions.
To make matters worse, Thursday (November 10, 2016), the election numbers revealed the shocking amount of registered voters who DID NOT vote. According to the United States Elections Project, there are 231,556,622 Americans eligible to vote, but only 131,741,000 actually did. That means an alarming 43.2 percent DID NOT vote!!!! Below is a breakdown of those numbers:
Voting Eligible Population Ballots* - 131,741,500 (56.8 percent)
Voter Eligible Population That Didn’t Vote - 99,815,122 (43.2 percent)
Voter Eligible Population Total - 231,556,622
Click here to see a full breakdown, state by state.
Throughout his campaign, the real estate tycoon turned reality star, Donald Trump, has tolerated violence at his rallys, mocked the disabled, repeatedly uttered racist slurs about immigrants, Mexicans, African Americans, and sexist comments about woman. He's accused President Barack Obama of being stupid, ignorant, and for years claimed he wasn't an American citizen. Trump called his opponent, Hillary Clinton, every ugly name one could imagine. He's insulted members of his own party, to the U.S. Military and its highest ranked Generals, and mocked veterans. Everyone has been offended, bullied, targeted, and attacked by the rich businessman. Shockingly enough, none of this managed to disqualify him from running for or being elected to the highest office in the land. Guess he was right when he said, "I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters."
Trump claims to be “the least racist person that you have ever met”, but the Washington Post reports his family has been active in the Ku Klux Klan for almost a century. The truth is, our new President-Elect has a long history of racist behavior himself. He was sued by the Justice Department twice, because his company refused to rent apartments to Black people. He was also fined by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission because he told managers to make Black dealers leave the floor and go to the back whenever he and his family were at Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino. Trump is also the only presidential candidate to be endorsed by the Klan, who, by the way, are planning a parade in his honor to celebrate his victory.
So, how on earth did a man with these serious character flaws get elected to serve the most diverse country in the world? Why would the Republican Party nominate a candidate like him? Even further, why are some Black/minorities supporting this man? It's quite shocking when you really think about it. The New York Times reported the entire world, except for Putin, is in disbelief that our country has allowed this to happen. Though most world leaders say they will try and work with him, all of them are anxious about the uncertain future.
Meanwhile, protests continue to take place in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, Oakland, and other cities across the country. Americans are angry, because they don't think Trump represents them or the diversity of our country. Some are calling for Hillary Clinton to get the position as FLOTUS, because she got over 1.8 million more votes than Trump, easily winning the Popular Vote.
Ironically, for months Trump insisted our Democratic voting system was crooked, saying constantly, "it's a rigged system." Remember that? He said that at many of his rallys. Wonder if he still feels that way, now that he won?
How did he win? How did Hillary Clinton lose the presidential election, even though she won the Popular Vote? Aside from everything pointed out above, the Electoral College sealed the deal. We can thank our nation's forefathers for this grand idea. It was written into our Constitution two centuries ago. Each state is allowed to have as many electoral votes as it has representatives in Congress.
Every ten years, the government takes a census of the population in each state, and draws up a new electoral map. If a state's population has decreased, it can lose electoral votes, and possibly gain more if its population increased. The electoral map presently used was drawn up after the 2000 census.
Needless to say, the entire system is confusing. If you want to be confused even further, check out the video below, or click here if you're a glutton for punishment.
The college played a major role in all the drama from the infamous 2000 election, when George W. Bush lost the Popular Vote to Al Gore, but won the college and, ultimately, the election. This has happened at least twice before, and now it appears it's going to happen again with Trump and Clinton. There is no doubt about it, the system is broken. Since 1969, the government has had many debates about throwing out the unpopular election tradition, but time and time again, the Senate has shot down any efforts.
Well people, unless something changes, the new President-Elect will take the oath of office and be sworn in as President of the United States on January 20, 2017. A stunned Trump is still trying to come to terms with the fact that he won, but he doesn't have long to trip on it. Not only does he have to put his cabinet together, but he also has to find another 4,000 appointees to make up his transition team when he gets to the White House.
Americans who would have liked to have seen Clinton come out with the win are making their opinion known in the streets and on social media. Below are a few images launched on the internet depicting the way some Americans feel about a Trump presidency.