A Note to Donald and Hillary: It's Time to Stop Fighting About the Results of the 2016 Presidential Campaign
In an interview with Reuters last Thursday, Donald Trump paused in the middle of talking about President Xi Jinping of China and handed reporters copies of the 2016 electoral results with the areas he won marked in red:
Here, you can take that, that's the final map of the numbers, it’s pretty good, right? The red is obviously us.
Trump’s obsession is so strong, Daniel Politi reports in Slate, that on Chris Hayes’ MSNBC program he asked Washington Post reporter Philip Rucker for the following favor:
He brought out the map, he said, "Aren't you impressed by this map? Aren’t you surprised by this map?" He encouraged me to take it home to my colleagues at the Washington Post to try to run it on the front page of our newspaper.
Every American knows that Donald Trump is our president, yet when he tells us for the 100th time, it sounds like he is unsure that he is. He is still fazed that he did not win the popular vote, and apparently believes that unless he continually brings up his victory, people will think that he didn’t win the election.
In fact, Trump did assert that he actually did win the popular vote, blaming Hillary’s majority on would-be “millions” of illegal votes cast by undocumented immigrants. No evidence exists to prove that assertion. The result is that many Americans see Trump as so desperate to prove he won both the popular vote and the Electoral College that he must lie about the former, thereby coming off as pathetic.
As for Hillary Clinton, her recent behavior echoes Trump in her need to constantly revisit the election. She maintains that anyone who is honest knows that she should be sitting in the Oval Office. She argued that misogyny caused her loss, even though over 53 percent of white women voted for Trump. Then she asserted that if the election had been held on October 27, she "would have been your president.”
Interviewed by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour at the Women for Women International event held in New York City, Clinton explained her loss this way:
I take absolute personal responsibility. I was the candidate, I was the person who was on the ballot. I am very aware of the challenges, the problems, the shortfalls that we had. I was on the way to winning until a combination of Jim Comey's letter on October 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me and got scared off (emphasis added).
Now, there is some truth to her assertion. Statistician Nate Silver ran the numbers and convincingly argues:
Hillary Clinton would probably be president if FBI Director James Comey had not sent a letter to Congress on Oct. 28.