Mr. Trump lost the popular vote to Secretary Clinton by 1.5 million votes. There is no mandate when over 50% of the country does not support your agenda. Voters between the ages of 18-29 voted 55% to 37% in favor of Clinton. Women voted for Clinton by a margin of 12%. Blacks voted by an overwelming majority for Clinton-about 88% to 8%. Hispanics voted 65% to 29% for the Secretary and Asians voted for her 65% to 29%. (http://www.statisticbrain.com/voting-statistics/)
|Age 18 – 29||37 % Trump||55% Clinton|
|Female||42 %||54 %|
|Black||8 %||88 %|
|Hispanic||29 %||65 %|
|Asian||29 %||65 %|
Furthermore, Mr. Trump was assured victories in battleground states such as North Carolina and Texas because of rampant efforts to disenfranchise minority communities. Long lines, harassment, confusing directions, and voter ID laws worked to make it extremely difficult for many people of low income to cast their ballot. Florida had its own issue which may have cost Clinton the election. According to The Sentencing Project, a prison-reform group, more than 1.6 million Floridians — about 9 percent — could not vote because they are a felon. If every American of voting age had an equal opportunity to be recognized as a free and worthy citizen, then Secretary Clinton would have defeated Trump soundly. Obviously that did not happen.
We are not a nation under siege. We are a nation of kindness, openness and profound freedoms. We are not a nation going broke. We are an engine driving the economy of the world in sometimes unexpected and unprecedented ways. And we are not weaker because of cultural diversity. The nation has always been devoted to diversity and pluralism as a foundation of our political system. Trump is wrong. Trump is blinded by his own greed. Trump is not aware that America is great because it allowed a man like himself to have a voice. Despite his insatiable discourtesy, strange compulsions and even fascist rhetoric, he was given a serious platform to espouse his ideas. The tolerance and goodwill extended to Mr. Trump has proven just how respectful, rewarding, resilient, robust, redemptive and recalcitrant this thing called American democracy can be. The very country that Trump spent an election year dismissing as garbage, is the same one that made him a billionaire. The same system that he accused of being rigged is the one that propelled him to temporary victory.
What we are saying to the American people is, no, Donald Trump is not right. A Mexican worker making eight bucks an hour is not the reason why the middle class is disappearing.
On a personal level, please, give me the opportunity to defeat Donald Trump.
And what somebody like a Trump is trying to do is to divide us up. A few months ago, we were supposed to hate Mexicans and he thinks they’re all criminals or rapists. Now we’re supposed to hate Muslims. That kind of crap isn’t going to work in the United States of America.
The strategic adversary is fascism… the fascism in us all, in our heads and in our everyday behavior, the fascism that causes us to love power, to desire the very thing that dominates and exploits us. Michel Foucault