The Great and Powerful Trump is the weakest and most vulnerable president in at least 140 years. Behind the scowl and the curtain there is a diminished man who cannot shake off the circumstances surrounding his election. Emerging from the 2016 election, Donald Trump carries a quintuple burden of illegitimacy.
Fox News host Bill O’Reilly claimed that “the left in America is demanding that the Electoral College system put into place in 1787 be scrapped” because “the left wants power taken away from the white establishment.”
In the end, more Democrats than Republicans went rogue, underscoring deep divisions within their party. At least four Democratic electors voted for someone other than Clinton, while two Republicans turned their backs on Trump.
A McClatchy-Marist Poll found that more than half of registered voters — 52 percent — say the winner of the popular vote for president should determine the winner, but breaking the sentiments down by party reveals a partisan gap.
Now and then, the Electoral College deals a deathblow to democracy. Under the unfair system set up more than 200 years ago, the state results “trump” the national popular vote.
Donald Trump may have dissed the intelligence community, but ten electors, nine Democratic and one Republican, want to hear more about Trump’s relationship with Russia. So does John McCain.
Endorsing the National Popular Vote would be a critical first step toward reshaping our electoral system. Reform from the top will encourage future Presidents, all elected by majority, to address the other distortions to our democracy, including gerrymandering, voter suppression laws, and the unfettered flow of money into politics.
Building up a circuit of progressive speakers who hone and craft their message directly to voters would force Democrats to match their message to the mood and needs of the people who will become the next generation of activists. It could bring the Democratic message back to places like Macomb that Democrats need to win in 2020.
Stein’s Green Party campaign said it will file for emergency relief in the Pennsylvania effort in federal court on Monday, “demanding a statewide recount on constitutional grounds.”
Stein plans to announce “the next step” in the presidential recount effort on Monday during a previously scheduled news conference at Trump Tower in New York City.
How to defeat a master of self-promotion like Trump? Start by pointing out that he is the biggest popular vote loser ever to win the Electoral College.
“In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally,” Trump tweeted
The vehement rejection of Clinton by modestly educated people in rural areas who flocked to Trump and the apathy of registered voters to turn out also raises deep questions.
Trump’s victory, despite having lost the popular vote, will no doubt intensify the debate over the fairness of the Electoral College system – and efforts to eliminate it.
A Reuters/Ipsos poll gave Clinton a 90 percent chance of defeating Trump and said she was on track to win 303 Electoral College votes to Trump’s 235.
So now “Celebrity Candidate 2016” is about to be canceled. What’s more, there’s no audience for repeat broadcasts after everybody knows who won.
Some national polls had the race tightening though others had Clinton maintaining her solid lead. But the Reuters/Ipsos project illustrates that the broader picture remains bleak for Trump with 17 days to go.
Donald Trump once bragged about turning New York and California red. Then he promised to strike a path to victory through the Rust Belt.
Now, unless something drastically changes in the next few weeks, he will struggle to invalidate the results of a landslide worse than the one suffered by Mitt Romney — the man Trump once maligned as a “choker.”