Hillary Clinton really DID win the 2016 Presidential election popular vote.
Are you like me tired of having that rubbed in our faces even now a year+ after the election? Those same people who constantly point that out are quick to cry for the dismantling of the electoral college. I too for a while thought that might be a good idea. But this past election shows just how smart our nation’s founders were with the establishment of the electoral college. Let me explain.
Even though there was NO California at the time, (which meant no Los Angeles and no San Francisco) and there was no Chicago, Illinois, those brilliant forefathers had looked into their political crystal ball and saw a potential trap ahead regarding national elections. They knew from watching other countries struggle for equality for all people just how easy it was for cities and states that were and would become large population centers to control elections by sheer number of votes. And they saw that in such a scenario it would be inevitable that the citizens of those dense populated urban cities would certainly vote for national legislators and presidents who would favor those urban areas in passing laws and in establishment and maintenance of everything necessary for this fledgling country to grow.
I am not certain who of those geniuses envisioned the concept of the electoral college and was able to explain its function to the other leaders, but whoever did so is responsible for keeping this nation from being “owned” by voters from New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and several other major U.S. cities.
If that had not happened, in election after election, Americans who had moved west from the first cities in the East would pretty much have been left out of the representative republic process established with the U.S. Constitution. They would have been able to vote, and would have certainly voted for candidates who best represented their thoughts and ideals. But seldom if ever would any of those candidates been elected because of the power of the urban votes.
The next time someone throws in your face the fact that Hillary won the popular vote which means more Americans wanted her as President than Americans who wanted a President Trump, remind them of the purpose for the establishment of the electoral college. And if they still argue about the need for the electoral college and claim it should be abolished, give them the following information:
There are 3,141 counties in the United States.
Trump won 3,084 of them. Clinton won 57.
There are 62 counties in New York State.
Trump won 46 of them. Clinton won 16.
Clinton won the popular vote by approx. 1.5 million votes.
In the 5 counties that encompass NYC, (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Richmond & Queens) Clinton received well over 2 million more votes than Trump. (Clinton only won 4 of these counties; Trump won Richmond)
Therefore these 5 counties alone, more than accounted for Clinton winning the popular vote of the entire country.
These 5 counties comprise 319 square miles. The United States is comprised of 3,797,000 square miles.
When you have a country that encompasses almost 4 million square miles of territory, it would be ludicrous to even suggest that the vote of those who inhabit a mere 319 square miles should dictate the outcome of every national election.
Large, densely populated Democrat cities (NYC, Chicago, LA, etc) DO NOT and SHOULD NOT speak for the rest of our country