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How did this Happen?

Several posts in today’s edition of Electoral Vote try to answer the question of “How did this happen”. Or more directly, how did so many people vote for Donald Trump, especially working-class voters and women, when he appears to be the embodiment of everything they profess to hate. I recommend you give these a read if you are still shaking your head about the election. We can’t win elections if we don’t understand what motivates voters.

In a separate, but related article, the Washington correspondent for the Toronto Star questioned a range of Trump supporters who traveled to DC to attend Trump’s inauguration. In particular, he asked them what they liked about Trump the most, and also what they would change about Trump if they could. Tellingly, the most popular answer to the second question was they would have him stop tweeting so much. Apparently, that is annoying even his most ardent supporters.



  1. Hassan wrote:

    Great day for assholes. First asshole-american as president. All assholes can now dream of being president one day.

    Friday, January 20, 2017 at 11:59 am | Permalink
  2. Mike wrote:

    Hassan: Thanks, that’s the first laugh I’ve gotten out of this nightmare.

    Friday, January 20, 2017 at 3:00 pm | Permalink
  3. paradoctor wrote:

    I recently noticed a curious paradox that I would like to share with you:

    Donald Trump ran as a populist; Hillary Clinton ran as a technocrat.

    Now you would think that if the Electoral College and the popular vote gave two opposite results, then the technocrat would win by the rules, and the populist would win the vote.

    But the opposite occurred!

    Therefore they _both_ lost!

    Friday, January 20, 2017 at 5:28 pm | Permalink
  4. ebdoug wrote:

    Apparently he was the second. Jackson was pretty bad also.

    Friday, January 20, 2017 at 5:39 pm | Permalink
  5. Ralph wrote:

    Paradoc – interesting observation, though I’d say we ALL lost!

    Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 10:21 pm | Permalink