I did not say that Clinton represented the will of the people. I said the “Two (and possibly three) elections have been stolen in the last sixteen years, ignoring the will of the people.”

Consider the following as my explanation of the “will of the people:”

First, look at what the American people advocate, based on national polling: 92% of the people want gun background checks (including 87% Republicans and 72% NRA members); 64% are worried about global warning; 85% say Social Security is more important than ever; 58% favor Medicare for all; 67% oppose Republican efforts to ban access to legal abortion; 60% say upper income Americans pay too little in taxes; and 60% support same sex marriage.

With regard to the ACA, 85% want young adults to stay on their parents’ plans until age 26, 83% want to eliminate out-of-pocket cost for many preventative services, and 69% want to prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions.

The Republican party platform is in complete opposition to every major issue cited above.

Second, look at the perverted system of representative government we have endured since 2010. In 2012, Republicans received 47% of all votes for the House, and yet through partisan gerrymandering they still controlled 53% of the seats. I haven’t tallied this year’s results, but it won’t be much different in the swing states, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin, where Republican candidates receved less than 50% of the vote but control 67% of the House seats.

Third, look at the total population of registered voters. This year, we had 200 million people registered to vote. In spite of this record number, we had a 20 year low in voter turnout because of their disgust with the campaign and the two main candidates. Clinton got 48.2% of the vote casts and 32.6% of the total possible votes, while Trump got 46.2% of the votes cast and 31.3% of total possible votes. Even if Clinton had received 50%+1 votes, she would have still received only about 35% of the total registered votes. However, the democratic party platform coincided very closely with the desires of a large majority of the American people.

While you could argue that Clinton only represents a proxy of the will of the people, these numbers clearly prove that Trump does NOT represent the will of the people. Not only because he lost the popular vote, but because his plans go in the opposite direction of what the majority of the country want. Combine that with the Republicans’ gerrymandered dominance in the House of Representatives, and we have a situation where there is no branch of government that can check the potential for a tyranny by the minority.

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