This notion being pushed by Donald Trump, the GOP and his supporters that he’s riding into the White House on the back of some unprecedented mandate given to him by the American people is a complete myth.
The truth is, Republicans lost at least two seats in the Senate (possibly three based on how a runoff goes today in Louisiana) and at least six seats in the House (again, more runoff elections in Louisiana). While it’s true that the GOP will keep majority control in both houses of Congress, it’s important to remind everyone that they actually lost seats in both.
Then there’s the reality that, while Trump won the electoral college victory, he’s nearly down 3 million votes to Hillary Clinton, and will likely lose the overall popular vote by around 3-4 million votes once everything is officially finalized.
While that doesn’t technically matter in the grand scheme of things considering we elect our president based on the results of the electoral college, it still does matter that our next president will have been elected despite losing by 3-4 million votes.
When you get right down to it, the difference between a “President Donald Trump” and a “President Hillary Clinton” came down to around 100k votes in three states (Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin).
To summarize all of that a bit:
- Republicans lost seats in both the House and Senate.
- Their presidential candidate is going to lose the overall popular vote by around 3-4 million votes, or around 2 percent of all the votes cast.
- The election was ultimately only decided by around 100k votes spread throughout three states — or 0.08% of the total vote.
So, this idea that Trump’s victory was some sort of overwhelming statement by the American people is totally absurd.
Furthermore, embarrassing information was recently released by the Pew Research Center showing Trump has one of the lowest approval ratings for any president-elect in modern U.S. history:
— Pew Research Center (@pewresearch) December 8, 2016
Not only is he nine percent below where George W. Bush was when he first entered office, a man who ultimately became one of the least popular presidents in U.S. history, he’s 21 points below his closest competition, Bill Clinton in 1992.
This matters because a president is usually never as popular as they are when they first enter office. Historically, Trump’s numbers are likely only going to get worse from here on out. While there might be a few peaks and valleys, if history repeats itself like it has with nearly every president in modern history, it’s very possible that Donald Trump will go down as one of the most despised presidents this country has ever had.
So, not only will Donald Trump be elected as one of the biggest losers in American political history based on the results of the popular vote, but looking at historical trends, it’s very possible that he might also go down as one of the least popular presidents this country will have ever had.
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