Tuesday, December 20, 2016

It's Official - The U.S. Must Suffer Trump As Its President

(This caricature of our next president is by DonkeyHotey.)

On Monday, the 2016 members of the Electoral College cast their votes. The final vote totals are:

Donald Trump...............304
Hillary Clinton...............227

Some had hoped that many of the electors would abandon Trump and prevent his presidency. It was even suggested that as many as 40 electors would change their votes. But that was never a real possibility, and frankly, I'm surprised that 7 electors did change their votes (with five being Clinton electors and two being Trump electors).

Those Electoral College voters are chosen precisely because of their rabid support for a candidate, and it is extremely rare for any of them to change their vote. Throughout our history the electors have remained very faithful to the candidate who won their state. The 7 electors who changed their votes are the most ever in American history, with the previous record being 6 electors in 1808. It's also the first time since 1832 that more than one elector switched votes.

It's official now. On January 20 of 2017, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

We will have to suffer through the Trump administration for the next four years -- unless he is impeached for corruption. And I believe that is a real possibility. Trump, with his refusal to divest his holdings and his strange/scary cabinet picks, he seems to be setting his administration up as the most corrupt in this nation's history. The only real question is whether it will reach a level that convinces some Republicans he cannot remain in office (because it would require some GOP help to impeach him).

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