Among the many things Trump has spouted off about that the liberals took literally and the conservatives took figuratively is the idea that Trump won by a landslide and his win was a mandate from the people. Uhhh… no.
In fact, since I am NO way an election strategist nor any sort of party elite I do have a couple observations I can toss to the two parties that they will never hear about because I am just not that important (or could it be I am just not discovered yet?).
- Trump did not win the popular vote and Trump did not win by any sort of a landslide. But while that doesn’t matter regarding his place in the White House next month, one thing should matter to him. It’s along the lines of him being the president for every American. He lost the popular vote to Clinton by, last number I read, 2.8 million votes. In fact, according to CCN stats, “Trump is the worst-performing winner in the popular vote since 1876.” This “loss” he can’t ignore. If he is planning to strike a blow for conservatism he might be best served to remember that conservatives… republicans… did not win the popular vote and that majority of voters who did not want him for whatever reason are still out there… and have a voice. Very true that voice is not the dominant voice in Congress at the moment… but things can change very easily in two years if Mr. Trump doesn’t read between the lines regarding his plans to make good all that reckless conservative rhetoric. He is definitely a president for ALL Americans.
- Clinton and the democrats have been working through the levels of grief for loosing to Trump and the strategists have been pointing to FBI’s Comey and the alleged Russian hacking of the DNC as recent election events that had an effect on her loosing. Look, don’t over-think all this. Clinton WON the popular vote. Yes, winning the electoral vote is the road to the White House but for strategic purposes here, she DID win the people’s vote… by those 2.8 million votes. So it seems to me not worth spending a lot of time looking for blame on who or what event lost the election for her when in fact she did carry the popular vote… and those people are still out there. Seems to me the democrats might use that to regain some order in their party… and that things are not necessarily as bad as it might seem. Yes, those rust belt states were missed as campaign considerations and it’s worth reflecting on how to handle that in future elections.. but for now Clinton had the majority of the voters with her.
CNN has a segment on their website where they explore the actual historical record stat comparisons of election voting results that are quite revealing.. if you like stats.
It turns out that the difference in the number of electoral votes between both candidates is a very slim margin as elections go. Trump’s electoral count is only 56% of the total electors; hardly any landslide nor any mandate by the people.
Check for yourself here….
The whole point to all this is simply to define that Trump’s win… while in the end is still a win… will require him to take stock of his true position regarding any thoughts of shoving his agenda down liberal throats, like so many of his supporters hope happens, without some compromise.