Documents are lined-up for members of the state's Electoral College Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, in Olympia, Wash. Tradition trumped suspense Monday as members of the Electoral College cast the official, final votes in the 2012 presidential election, a constitutional formality on President Barack Obama's march to a second term. The rite playing in state capitols involved party luminaries and tireless activists carrying out the will of each state's voters. The popular vote from state-to-state dictates whether Democratic or Republican electors get the honor, but the outcome is not in doubt. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

People Who Can’t Stop Him Say Trump Has No Mandate

About two weeks before the election I tweeted that if Clinton got elected the GOP could say she had no real mandate because she was hugely unpopular and would only have won because of Donald Trump. The left was positively incensed that I would dare say the first woman President would have no mandate.

Now that Donald Trump has won, the left insists that Trump has no mandate. Their argument is that Hillary Clinton has a 2.6 million vote lead while ignoring that she has it because 4.2 million more people in California voted for her than Trump.

They also try to discredit the Electoral College as irrelevant to the issue of mandate because, as liberal writer Robert Schlesinger notes, the constitution begins with “we the people,” not “we the states.”

“Trump is a glitch president, not a mandate president,” Schlesinger writes. I suppose that would be true if Trump won in a way the system did not contemplate but Schlesinger’s glitch is the Electoral College working as designed.

There’s more to it than that though. The GOP in the House got over 3 million more votes than the Democrats, the GOP controls a majority of state legislatures, state gubernatorial offices, the United States Senate, and will fill up the United States Supreme Court too.

Liberals like Schlesinger can say Trump is a glitch and has no mandate all they like, but they cannot stop him. Harry Reid and the Democrats scuttled the filibuster for appointments, so Trump can fill up the executive and judicial branches of government with conservatives. They can systematically undo the regulatory state Barack Obama imposed. Because liberals like Schlesinger were perfectly happy with Obama using executive orders to expand his power, they have established the precedent for Trump.

But the biggest precedent of all is this one — when Republicans were making historic gains at the state and county level across the nation over the past eight years and taking back Congress only a few years after losing it, the left did not see it as the nation rejecting Obama, but as Republican usurpers trying to stop progress. In other words, the left will never recognize or concede a mandate for anyone but themselves.

Now the GOP has the White House, Congress, the Supreme Court, and the bulk of states. So it does not matter what Robert Schlesinger thinks.

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