A Dilemma for the Electoral College?

Trump campaign was based on lies, statements that embolden racism, bigotry, disrespect, human rights violations against a large sector of the American society.

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His campaign was a non traditional charade which has been normalized by the media, the GOP leadership and a sector of the US population. Trump did not even win  the majority of the voters over Hillary Clinton whose lead  is expected to surpass Trump by 2.2 million votes or more when California results are completed. Reverting to his usual behavior on Twitter, the president-elect alleged this Sunday Nov. 27 that he “won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.” A statement that has been debunked in the Washington Post.

Trump appears to be  a dangerous personage for the American democracy from  several points of view. Recently 2 ethics lawyers stated that on day one, he will be in violation  of the U.S. Constitution because of some of his business deals with foreign countries.

Senator Harry Reid wrote that Trump has “emboldened the forces of hate and bigotry in America.” 

 After the electoral results, many incidents have taken place across the U.S. that proved that the rhetoric used by Trump during his campaign for the presidency is bearing fruit.  

When journalists asked Trump if he had any regrets for using the unfortunate statements during his campaign, he flatly replied: “No, I won…”

In the two days after the November election, “a rash of racist and other troubling incidents have been reported, spreading widely on social media and stoking fears by some that a Trump presidency would undo decades of civil rights progress.”

Much is being said now about the results of the elections in the battleground states. Technology and  computer experts have raised questions  about ‘potentially hacked results’, which caused them to strongly encourage recount in those states.  Jill Stein, candidate of the Green Party has indeed filed for recount  starting with Wisconsin. Donald Trump blasted this move as “scam” when he was the first one to have raised the issue of “rigged elections” during the last weeks of his campaign.

It is fair to wonder whether the Electoral  College should not think twice and even three times before electing Trump as the 45th  president of the United-States.
Some might argue that the stability of our nation is  at stake.
When 80% of Americans say the country is more  deeply divided whereas 6 out of 10 believe our democracy is not working, perhaps the Electoral College should try not to make things much worse in this environment  of deep division and suspicion.
Carl Gilbert

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