Donald Trump turned the world upside down on November 8th, when he won the electoral college and became the President-Elect of the United States. Since then, Democrats have been in disbelief regarding the election results, as most (myself included) thought Hilary Clinton had this election in the bag. Turns out, they were wrong.
Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by more than 2.5 million votes. In key battleground states, which allowed Trump to secure this victory, the race was extremely close; some computer scientists have speculated that hacking might've occurred. Green Party candidate Jill Stein is now leading a recount effort focused in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.
As of now, here is what we know about the recount efforts.
According to the Associated Press, "Six counties had completed their work by Monday morning, with the margin between Trump and Clinton unchanged. Both candidates lost 20 votes." Six large counties in Wisconsin were forced to recount votes to find out that the results are the same as before? Just so you know, Donald Trump won Wisconsin by a total of 22,000 votes.
Recounts are underway throughout the state of Michigan. How many votes will change one way or another is unclear, however, Trump won Michigan by a total 10,700 votes. Just to offer some perspective, 11,000 people, 10,999 of which were probably clueless Millennials, voted for Harambe, a dead gorilla who was shot at the Cincinnati zoo. That is scary.
Recounts are underway in Pennsylvania, too. Some counties have submitted their recounts, while others are still in the process of recounting. Officials did say that Trump's lead over Hillary has shrunk to about 47,000.
According to the Associated Press, "final counts are outstanding in some counties, but there are not enough uncounted votes to change the outcome."
The Green Party just dropped its recount suit in Pennsylvania and is losing votes in Wisconsin recount. Just a Stein scam to raise money!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2016
Let me start by saying that I voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential Election, mainly because I believed she had the most experience to adequately fulfill her Presidential duties. Unfortunately, Donald Trump won the election.
Whether you are a fan of the electoral college or oppose it, it is the system that has been in place for the last 200 years. Al Gore won the popular vote in 2000, but George W. Bush was awarded the Presidency because of the electoral college.
Enough is enough. Let's stop with the recounts, and start pointing fingers at the right places. The DNC and Hillary lost this election because she was outworked. Hillary Clinton never campaigned in Wisconsin, a state that she thought she had in the bag, but instead lost in the electoral college. In August alone, Trump held 29 campaign events, while Hillary only mustered 11. In those events, Trump spoke to an average of 5,800 people, while Hillary only spoke to 1,000.
When it came time for election day, millions of democrats stayed home. Whether it was their general disdain for both candidates, or Bernie Sanders' inability to overcome the DNC's interests, voter turnout was low.
A quick look at turnout data: It seems 2016 was nothing special for the Rep-candidate. It's the Dem-candidate that didn't get the vote out. pic.twitter.com/wby3gta26m— D Yanagizawa-Drott (@yanagiz) November 9, 2016
As I've previously mentioned, the DNC's clear favoritism towards Hillary Clinton instead of Bernie Sanders turned off a lot of younger voters, and it cost Democrats the election. Those same younger voters probably ended up electing a dead gorilla, but that's neither here nor there.
Love Trump or hate him, people came out to vote for him because he represented a change in politics that so many middle-class citizens were yearning for. Does he come through on those promises? I won't be holding my breath, but that's beside the point. Bernie represented that same change, while Hillary represented the status quo. The DNC has plenty of time to look themselves in the mirror, and hopefully, when they finish, they will nominate better candidates. #HillaryClinton #DonaldTrump #Election 2016