Politics in the U.S.
The craziness of the U.S. 2016
season. Choosing who
will become president.
Donald Trump's administration.
Fake. Fake. Fake. Fake. Fake. Fake. Fake News.
Allegedly From People Magazine, 1998.
An amazing statement, widely circulated
the Internet. However, he never said it.
This is an example of sincere-appearing fake news.
2016-NOV: Choosing the 45th president of the U.S. to follow Barack Obama and serve from 2017-JAN to 2021-JAN:
The 2016 election was quite a ride!
The main candidates were:
- Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton: (1947-): She is a Democrat, and was: the First Lady of Arkansas (1983 to 1992); First Lady of the U.S. (1993 to 2001); Chair of the Task Force on National Health Care Reform (1993 to 1994); U.S. Senator from New York State (2001 to 2009); U.S. Secretary of State (2009 to 2013), and a potential Democratic party candidate for the Presidency in 2008. On 2016-JUL-26, the Democratic National Convention selected her as the first woman to be nominated for the presidency by a major U.S. political party.
During the month before the vote, essentially all pollsters predicted that she would become the next president of the U.S. in the 2016 election -- the first woman to attain that post.
- Donald Trump, a Republican, with zero previous political experience.
- Gary Johnson, of the Libertarian Party. This party has never won any seats in Congress, but has elected a few state senators and representatives.
- Jill Stein of the Green Party of the United States. This party described themselves in 2016 as an eco-socialist party. This party also has never won any seats in Congress, but has elected a few state legislators, mayors, and municipal level officials.
Clinton and Trump together received about 95% of the votes cast on 2016-NOV-08. In a close election, Clinton won the popular vote by more than 2.8 million votes. 2
However, presidents are not elected by popular vote in the U.S. as are candidates for local school boards, municipal counselors, mayors, state and federal senators and representatives, etc. 3 Instead, presidents are elected indirectly by a group of 538 persons who are members of the United States Electoral College. They are pledged to vote for one of the candidates for the presidency, according to a specific formula. Normally, each is expected to vote for the candidate who received the most vote in their state. This indirect method of electing presidents has resulted in four instances during the history of the U.S. when a major candidate received most of the votes and yet did not became president: during 1824, 1876, 1888, and 2000. The occurrence in the year 2000 involved a race between Al Gore and George W Bush. Gore received 543,895 more votes than Bush. However, he only received 266 electoral votes compared to Bush's 271, and thus did not become president. 4
It has happened again in 2016, when Hillary Clinton won the popular vote with almost three million more votes more than Trump, yet lost the presidency. CNN reported, unofficially, that as of 2016-DEC-14, Hillary Clinton had received 65,788,583 votes compared with Donald Trump's 62,955,363 votes. (48.3% vs. 46.2%). Yet Trump received 306 Electoral College votes vs. Clinton's 232, and so will become the next president during 2017-JAN, unless a revolt occurs in the College. 2
Topics covered in this section:
- Part 1 Year 2005 audio tape by Trump surfaces. Trump predicts doom if Clinton elected. Evangelical Christians in crisis.
- Part 2 More about evangelical Christians in crisis.
- Part 3 Still more about evangelical Christians in crisis. Phony election news on the Internet.
- Part 4 Polls.
Last-minute events and predictions before the vote.
- Part 5 Measures on the ballot beside the
presidential election. Results of the vote for the presidency. Possible impact on the Supreme Court.
- Part 6 How one candidate can win the most votes while the other main candidate becomes president.
- Part 7 How the U.S. elects its president. Proposals to change the Electoral College. Books on the topic.
- Part 8 State voter suppression. Books on voter suppression.
- Part 9 More books about voter suppression. Senator Boxer filed bill to abolish the Electoral College. Latest vote count for the presidency.
- Part 10 Muslims' reactions to Trump's
candidacy. Two of Trump's
first five Cabinet
- Part 11 A bit of a long shot: writers urge the Electoral College to revolt against Donald Trump's election to the presidency.
- Part 12 The Electoral College vote (Cont'd). Post-election hate incidents. Michael Moore's predictions.
- Part 13 Michael Moore's predictions (Cont'd). The Electoral College vote. President-elect Trump selects his cabinet, etc.
- Part 14 Electors ask for security briefing. Missing Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. 2016-DEC-19: Electoral College's
vote counted. 2016-DEC-20: The final popular vote was released.
- Part 15: 2016-NOV & DEC: Status of "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" (DACA) students
and adults in the U.S. Candidates' images & voters' responses. Why Trump won: two opinions.
- Part 16: 2017-JAN: Why Trump won the election & Clinton lost. U.S. adults lack confidence in Trump.
- Two essays donated by Susan Humphreys:
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The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
- Tatianna Amatruda, "That Trump quote calling Republicans 'the dumbest group of voters'? Fake!," CNN Politics, 2016-NOV-10, at: http://www.cnn.com/
- "Trump’s victory another example of how Electoral College wins are bigger than popular vote ones," Pew Research Center, 2016-NOV-09, at: http://www.pewresearch.org/
- "United States presidential election, 2000," Wikipedia, as on 2016-NOV-13, at: https://en.wikipedia.org/
- "2016 election ... Presidential results," CNN, as of 2016-DEC-14, at: http://www.cnn.com/
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Copyright © 2016 by Ontario Consultants on
Original posting: 2016-OCT-12
Latest update: 2017-APR-24
Author: B.A. Robinson