Electoral College results

The U.S. Electoral College voted to confirm Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States this past Monday, December 19. Despite what many thought (or were perhaps hoping), an attempt to spark a coup against the President-elect in the assembly failed. Though there were several electors who pledged to vote against Donald Trump or abstain from voting, the sitting electors actually ended up giving Trump more electoral votes than necessary to secure a victory.

Conflict In California

The LA Times reported an incident in San Francisco in which students attempting to march on the Golden Gate Bridge were stopped by the California Highway Patrol.

In the past, there had also been anti-Trump protests in New York City and Chicago. The protesters argued that Trump was unfit for office and denounced his campaign platform, which included several ideas viewed as extremist and racist.

Clinton’s concession

Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Presidential nominee, made a speech conceding the race on December 9, 2016, before the electors met on the 19th. However, the concession speech is simply a formality, and does not carry any legal weight. Additionally, the electorate has the ability to make anyone President as long as they meet the Constitutional requirements, so dropping out of the race would not disqualify Clinton.

Electoral College complaints

Anti-Trump protests broke out across the country following the nation’s electoral college vote on Dec.

19. As BBC.com discovered, demonstrators in Maine beat drums and yelled “Don’t let Putin pick our President!”, a reference to unsubstantiated claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin hacked American voting machines to ensure a Trump victory.

Faithless Electors

In the Electoral College itself, only seven electors turned coat and broke their pledges to vote for Trump.

Both electors were from Texas, a large state which carries 38 electoral votes. Those who wanted to displace Trump as the President-elect always knew it was an uphill battle; to do so, 38 Republican electors would have had to leave The Don’s side. If those electors went to someone other than Hillary Clinton, the vote would then go to a Republican-controlled House and Senate.

Trumped

Still, the selection of the country’s 45th President seems to have come as a shock to many. Some demonstrators cried upon learning the results of the electoral college’s votes, as many had when Trump was first declared the winner.

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