(I learned late last night that Frosty Troy, the longtime editor of the Oklahoma Observer has died. Troy was a legend in Oklahoma journalism and a great advocate for liberal causes in this state. I will have a post celebrating his life soon. My condolences go out to his family and close friends.)
As he assumes power, it is correct and realistic to say that Donald Trump is an illegitimate president of the United States of America because of the failure of our country’s archaic presidential election system, if not for more reasons.
Note how I referred to the failure of our election system. There’s no clear proof, at least for now, that Trump worked directly with the Russians to hack the election or that there was ballot tampering. What we do know for sure is that his opponent Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by approximately 3 million votes. More people voted for Clinton than Trump, who, based on that fact alone, is an illegitimate president based on our flawed presidential election system.
This, of course, is not the ideal day to discuss the ongoing debate over the electoral college, created historically on racist premises to benefit slave owners, but that is a discussion that needs to be happening in classrooms and homes across the country right now. Trump received a lot of votes no doubt from racists, and it was a racist system that got him elected without actually winning the total vote count.
What we know is that Trump lost the popular vote by a wide margin. We know the Federal Bureau of Investigation meddled in the election at the last moment in support of Trump and that the Russian government hacked into and then revealed national Democratic Party emails that were basically innocuous but were reported by the so-called “liberal” media with breathless urgency and outrage as scandalous. The New York Times these days is boasting about its increase in subscriptions and its commitment to the truth, but its one-sided reporting on the non-story of Clinton’s emails was just as—maybe more so—damaging to her candidacy as the Russian government hack.
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