When Donald Trump declared that he loves the “poorly educated,” he truly meant it: that’s because when it comes to knowing the facts, Trump voters are often left in the dust.
According to a new survey, more than half of those who voted for Donald Trump in the election in November believe that he is now our President-elect because he won the popular vote – a belief that is so off-base that electors are now considering delegitimizing his win.
According to the Washington Post:
“A large fraction of Republicans — 52 percent — said Trump won the popular vote, compared with only 7 percent of Democrats and 24 percent of independents. Among Republicans without any college education, the share was even larger: 60 percent, compared with 37 percent of Republicans with a college degree.”
One cannot really blame many of the misinformed voters, after all, Trump himself has said he won the popular vote, then said that he would have won it if it weren’t for all those fictional illegal voters he made up.
In addition, the idea that someone who lost the popular vote can win the election is one that seems foreign and wrong to so many. People seem to only learn about the nuts and bolts of the electoral system when it hurts or helps their candidate, and winner Trump needn’t have bothered informing his supporters about the inns-and-outs of political mumbo jumbo.
So motivated readers, this article comes with a bit of a homework assignment: reach out to your Trump-loving friends and family today and make sure that they aren’t mistaken about how their candidate came to power. Make sure they know that they are in fact the minority (though they’ve stopped being silent, much to the chagrin of the rest of us), and that bigotry is still being drowned out by love is love is love.
We may not be able to change the fact that Donald Trump is to be our president (for now), but we can make sure that every single person on the planet is aware that he did not win by sheer numbers.