Ballots from the 2016 Presidential election are still being counted, and according to the Associated Press (AP), Hillary Clinton has won the popular vote by an ever-widening margin. As of Saturday, Clinton had received 63,390,669 votes to Donald Trump’s 61,820,845 – a difference of 1,569,824 votes.
Why does this matter, if Donald Trump won the electoral vote? In terms of who will move into the White House in January, it doesn’t matter. Trump won the electoral vote, which determines the winner of the election. Both candidates knew the rules before they played the game, and no one can change those rules after the fact to alter the outcome. Trump’s electoral win is legitimate, as is his claim to the Presidency.
What does matter is that Trump will not enter the Oval Office with majority support for his policies, his plans, or his Presidency. The majority of voters – by a significant margin – rejected Donald Trump’s vision of America in favor of Hillary Clinton’s. Democracies thrive on the will of the majority. Elected leaders of democracies are bound and sworn to carry out the will of the People, and in this case, the will of the majority is not what Donald Trump proposed on the campaign trail. This fact will not change Trump’s behavior (indeed, we have seen that practically nothing can), but Hillary Clinton’s popular vote win sends a powerful message to those who oppose Donald Trump and plan to work against his regressive and harmful policy proposals:
America is not Donald Trump’s country.
Original article: ABC News – credit to Daniel Merkle and Shushannah Walshe
***AUTHOR’S NOTE: Readers have pointed out that America is technically a Constitutional republic rather than a direct democracy. However, most commonly accepted definitions of “democracy” or “representative democracy” also accurately describe the American system. Please see this article or this one for thorough explanations of the terminology.