Much to our chagrin, Donald J. Trump won the 2016 election, and will become President on January 20, 2017. I and so many others thought that Hillary Clinton would have won for sure. And she did, in fact, win the popular vote. But unfortunately, Trump won the Electoral College, crossing the finish line of 270 with likely over 300 electoral votes. As he himself said, the game is "rigged" alright, just not in the way he said.
So how did he manage to pull off such an unlikely victory? Well the key "swing" states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin were
all part of the Rust Belt, and he managed to tap into the frustrations
of disaffected white working-class men--nationwide, but especially in
those states. That was literally all it took. Combining the legitimate
grievances of the working class (who have been practically eaten alive
by our oligarchy, plutocracy, kleptocracy, and kyriarchy for decades
now) with thinly-veiled racism, misogyny, and xenophobia turned out to
be a winning formula. And as we are seeing now, he is already
backpedaling on many of the lies he has told to his base. All of this
will eventually backfire on those who voted for him.
A Trump presidency is clear and present danger to America, no doubt about that. But ultimately
We the People will prevail, and this should be the ultimate wake-up call. Now is NOT the time to abandon our efforts!
The Electoral College is an antiquated 18th century relic that really has no place in the 21st century. Even the Donald himself went on the record in 2012 and said it was "a disaster for democracy". Until it benefited him this time around, of course. For once, we agree with him. And while abolishing it completely would require a Constitutional amendment, and would thus be quite a long shot, there is a way to make it irrelevant by 2020. The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC) is the way to do it. Sign and share!
As for the anti-Trump protests in the days following the election, they seem to be working in that they are sending the Donald into Twitter rages and are likely raising his blood pressure dramatically. The TSAP supports any such non-violent protests, and most (with few exceptions) have been peaceful to date. But please don't burn the American Flag. As we have repeatedly noted before in our perennial "Take Back the Flag" campaign, burning the American Flag is stupid, counterproductive, and disrespectful to all who have fought and died for our country. If you must burn something, burn the Confederate Flag (or as we like to call it, the COUNTERFEIT Flag) and/or Trump signs and paraphernalia. But not the Stars and Stripes. LIVE FREE OR DIE!