A number of people who read my post earlier today (“Thinking the Unthinkable”) have questioned my use of 10,000,000 as the number by which Donald J. Trump lost the popular vote, since they have been repeatedly told the figure was approximately 3,000,000. Indeed, Hillary Clinton got ~3,000,000 more Americans’ votes than Donald Trump did. But that’s not the whole story by far. The other candidates for president got another 7,800,000 votes.
Why does the 10,000,000 figure (almost 11,000,000, really) matter? It is very important to persistently declare the true number because Trump persists in claiming he was denied the popular majority because of 3,000,000 fraudulent votes. He’s using this to justify draconian voter suppression tactics around the country. Since the real number is almost 11,000,000, even if Trump were right about the preposterous 3,000,000 (which he isn’t), he’d still be short by a massive number. Trump must be denied use of a specious closeness in the race which might persuade some gullible and/or unprincipled supporters to adopt laws that deny the vote to all Americans who deserve it.
If you want the breakdown on the actual vote and the certified margin by which the majority of Americans rejected the offer of Donald J. Trump to be our president, check here: http://cookpolitical.com/story/10174
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