Opinion: Anti-Trump Protestors Take Over Streets
Tuesday November 8, 2016 marked just the fifth time in U.S. election history where the eventual president-elect, Donald Trump, won the electoral vote but not the popular vote. Junior, Drew V said, “I’m definitely a little nervous to say the least, but the people spoke and Trump is the 46th president and it seems like he has a plan.”
Prior to 2016, the most recent was Bush v Gore 2000 where we had the Florida recount and the hanging chads resulting in the most controversial election in history. Gore gathered about 540,000 more votes than Bush. However, Bush won the electoral vote, 271 to 266.
Senior, Tim N said, “Yes I knew that and think that it is ridiculous how the eventual president elect did not win both, to me shows to me that something is not right with our voting system.”
Aside from the two elections this century, you have to go all the way back to the nineteenth century where it happened three times.
In 1824 John Quincy Adams lost the electoral and the popular to Andrew Jackson but Jackson didn’t reach the majority 131 votes needed in the Electoral College to be declared president. In fact, neither candidate did. The decision went to the House of Representatives, which voted Adams into the White House.
Then in 1876 Rutherford B. Hayes won the election by a margin of one electoral vote, but he lost the popular vote by more than 250,000 ballots to Samuel J. Tilden.
Lastly the 1888 election topped off the controversial elections for the next one hundred plus years. In 1888, Benjamin Harrison received 233 electoral votes to Grover Cleveland’s 168, winning the presidency. But Harrison lost the popular vote by more than 90,000 votes.
Nevertheless 2016’s election was historic and it’s end result wildly unexpected. Per usual when something happens fair and square and is not what a mass group of people wanted, protestor’s took to the streets of the United States.
In Michigan just a few days ago, a local police officer is under criminal investigation for flying a confederate flag out of the back of his truck at an anti-Trump rally.
In New York, Nearly 500 protesters marched to Trump Tower from Queens on Saturday to protest what they called the “racist, sexist, anti-gay” views of President-elect Donald Trump.
These are just a few examples of all the political disarray in the U.S. I feel like it is a little embarrassing as an American to have a good percentage of our country taking to the streets to express their hatred for our new president. As a country we should be coming together not separating apart.