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Donald Trump won the Electoral College by a narrow margin, and will presumably become the 45th President of the United States; Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by a similar margin.


The election of Donald Trump was both an upset (few if any pollsters predicted a Trump win, some predicting that Clinton would trounce him) and a massive shock to much of America, while many on the far Right saw it as permission to unleash some of their worst tendencies.

Reasons for the intensity of the reaction include:

  • fears that the Trump administration will:
    • weaken LGBT rights
    • weaken abortion rights,
    • engage in massive deportation of undocumented aliens
    • end Social Security
    • end Medicare
    • cancel Obamacare
    • abolish the EPA
    • abolish the Department of Education
    • take steps which will reverse all progress towards carbon abatement and accelerate global warming
    • eliminate all incentives and regulations designed to encourage a transition from fossil to sustainable energy
    • remove equal-rights protections for women and minorities
    • do nothing at all to discourage, and probably encourage, police abuse of minorities
    • start a war
  • the fact that a near-majority of Americans apparently found Trump suitable for the highest office, despite his:
    • blatant misogyny
    • tacit approval of racism
    • encouragement of violence against dissenters
    • demonstrated lack of business sense and integrity
  • deep disappointments:
    • that a woman didn't finally become President, after it had looked almost certain that she would
    • in the reversal of social progress which these results seem to indicate

Most of these reasons are solidly grounded in evidence, though a few are not. user "elijah berg" of North Carolina started a petition to ask members of the Electoral College who normally would have placed their vote for Trump to instead vote for Clinton, in accordance with the popular vote. It had reached almost 3.8 million signatures by the morning of November 13 (metadata on the page suggests that the petition was created at "2016-11-09T23:35:41Z", the day after the election). While many have objected to this idea as a form of cheating, it is in fact directly in accord with the intentions of the Founding Fathers in setting up the Electoral College in the first place (while the fact of the College awarding victory to Trump despite the popular vote clearly was not).