Donald Trump didn't win a majority
(He didn't win more than 50% of the vote).
Donald Trump didn't win a plurality
(He didn't win the most votes of any of the candidates; he came in 2nd place).*
More than 54% of the voters wanted someone else to be president.**
Donald Trump is president through the function of the electoral college; he is not president through the will of the voters as measured by a direct democracy. In the US, the popular vote doesn’t determine the presidency, but it does reflect how the public wants the government to be run.
72,731,979 voters didn't cast their ballots for the president.
When people around the world wonder how the American people could have voted for Donald Trump, they should be reminded that 54% of the voters didn't. Donald Trump lost the popular vote by a convincing majority.***
When the President sees the protest of his behavior and policies, he should be reminded that 54% of the voters didn't vote for him.
Resistance is not coming from a fringe discontented minority; its voice is rooted in the the majority who did not vote for this president.
Voters and most of the public are reacting to a regularly incompetent, antagonistic and divisive president with an arc toward corruption and self-enrichment. The voice of the voter is not required to remain silent after the election or inauguration.
(Gallup: Trump Job Approval)
When the president's staff complain about the media or the public's negative reaction to the incompetence and corruption of the White House, they should be reminded that 54% of the voters didn't vote for Donald Trump
Republicans run the White House, both houses of congress, the supreme court and most governorships in US states and Donald Trump blames his ongoing incompetence on the media and impotent Democrats. The President should regularly be reminded that his failure is rooted in one fact: 54% didn't vote for Donald Trump!
*Even considering the President's lie that 5 million people voted for Hillary Clinton illegally, and subtracting those votes, a solid majority of voters still didn't vote for Donald Trump.
** Votes cast for Hillary Clinton plus the votes cast for all third party candidates are 9,746,874 more than what Donald Trump received.
(See 2016 election results)
***Sen. John McCain lost the 2008 election with 48% of the popular vote.
(See 2008 results)
Mitt Romney lost the 2012 election with 47% of the popular vote.
(See 2012 results)
Trump "won" the presidency with under 46% of the vote.
Barack Hussein Obama won each of his presidential terms with a majority.
Authored by Bruce Hoby