Since November’s election, many have questioned the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s electoral victory by pointing out that Hillary Clinton actually received nearly three million more popular votes than Trump.
But that argument not only conveniently ignores the fact that in our current system, it’s electoral votes – not the popular vote – that ultimately determine a winner, it’s also easily turned on its head by considering a different set of numbers. Specifically, the ones clearly showing that the conservative philosophy -- as represented by all the candidates in the race, including Mr. Trump – was still preferred by the majority over Clinton’s more liberal policies.
The numbers add up. While both Clinton and Green Party candidate Jill Stein were both unabashedly liberal, the rest of the candidates besides Trump -- Libertarian Gary Johnson, Constitution Party candidate Darrell Castle and independent Evan McMullin -- were all clear conservative choices. And when their votes are added to Trump’s, the conservatives prevail by about a million votes.
A selective way of looking at the numbers? Sure. But it’s no more selective than arguing that a popular vote majority should take precedence over a lawfully achieved electoral majority just because the losers are disappointed.
I didn’t believe either Trump or Clinton were ideal candidates. But Trump won, and it’s time for all of us to start concentrating on the future instead of fuming about the past.
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I’m Bill Lamb and that’s my Point of View.