Hillary Clinton won, in the final tally, nearly three million more votes than Donald Trump, about the same number as Barack Obama did in 2012, and 48.2 percent of the vote compared to Trump’s 46.1 percent.
She won a larger percentage or margin of the popular vote than 14 (about one third) of US presidents — John Quincy Adams in 1824 (he did not crack 31% of the vote compared to Andrew Jackson’s 41.4%, but was still awarded the presidency by the House of Representatives), Zachary Taylor in 1848, James Buchanan in 1856, Abraham Lincoln in 1860 (he won just 39.8% in four-person race), Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876 (47.9% to “loser” Tilden’s 50.9%. After a constitutional crisis, a “corrupt” compromise was reached in which Hayes would serve), James Garfield in 1880, Benjamin Harrison in 1888 (who won by CLEAR fraud against Grover Cleveland), Cleveland in 1892, Woodrow Wilson in 1912, John F. Kennedy in 1960, Richard Nixon in 1968, Jimmy Carter in 1976, Bill Clinton in 1992, and George W. Bush in 2000.
A strong majority of voters, 54%, voted against Donald Trump, while 52% voted against Hillary Clinton.
Only because of a fluke or flaw in the US electoral system is Hillary Clinton not the 45th president of the United States.
If the union can survive Hayes, Garfield, Harrison, and Nixon, it probably can survive Trump.
But keep in mind that the union did not survive the worst president, James Buchanan, elected in 1856. During his watch, and with his passive encouragement, the nation dissolved into two countries, and ultimately, civil war.
- America Will Soon Be Ruled By a Minority, by EJ Dionne.
- The Electoral College is a Medieval Relic. Only the US Still Has One. Georgetown University political scientist recalls the history, both in Europe, the US, and South America, and concludes the US is unlikely to get rid of its medieval electoral college system “absent a major crisis.”
- The National Popular Vote initiative would create a compact of states pledging to throw their electors to the popular-vote winner. This is probably the least disruptive way to ensure the popular-vote winner becomes president.
- Hamilton Electors are trying to persuade 37 Republican electors to defect, bring his electoral college number down to 269, one less than the 270 needed to win the presidency, and join Democrats in selecting a compromise candidate. Founding father Alexander Hamilton warned of “tumult and disorder” if the people chose a charismatic autocrat, demagogue, president under foreign influence, someone whose “talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity” could endanger the republic. The Electoral College was designed to halt popular excesses and misjudgments. (Hat tip, Kathleen Parker.)
- An opposing viewpoint: Ditching the Electoral College Would Let California and New York Dictate to America, by Michael Barone.
- 10 Suspicions of a Hacked Election.