Debunking Hillary Clinton’s popular vote argument in 2 simple steps

It’s official, Trump is the next President of the United States. The Electoral College formally elected Donald Trump President during the electoral vote that ran throughout Monday.

The Duran reported the news yesterday…

Electoral College elects Donald Trump President of the United States, defeating attempt to persuade electors to block Donald Trump’s election by switching to Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton’s efforts to sway Republican electors away from voting Trump failed miserably.

We can expect the whining, sore loser liberal left to fall back on the popular vote argument…which is no argument at all. It’s more “fake news” from the establishment media, which can be easily debunked in two steps.

Market Watch perfectly explains why the entire “Clinton won the popular vote” is a flawed and stupid argument, as well as further reinforcing that the elector college did indeed work exactly as America’s founding fathers had intended it to work…making sure that the will of one state in the union did not overshadow the will of the majority of states in the union.

First, had the election been conducted with rules awarding the presidency to the popular-vote winner, the candidates and many voters quite probably would have acted very differently and the popular vote would not have been the same. Trump and Clinton would have campaigned in the “safe” states. Potential voters in those states would have felt more pressure to turn out and to vote for “the lesser of two evils” and not to waste their votes on third-party candidates. Some additional Clinton voters would probably have shown up, but gains on the Trump side would probably have been larger as more reluctant Republicans would have been pushed to return to the fold, particularly in big blue states like California, New York, and Illinois.

In short, a comparison of the national popular vote as cast and the electoral vote division is no simple matter. This is particularly true in our age of pervasive polling in which people should have a good idea about whether they live in a state where their presidential vote might make a difference.

Second, Clinton’s 2.3-million-popular-vote plurality over Trump depends on the votes in a single state: California. Clinton has more than a 4-million-vote plurality over Trump there. In the other 49 states plus the District of Columbia, Trump actually has a 1.7-million-popular-vote plurality over Clinton. So California single-handedly turns a Trump plurality into a Clinton plurality.

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