Cancel it, and as he put it, “Give it to Trump.”
At a campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio today, Trump, as he is wont to do, went off the cuff for a bit. When comparing his policies to Clinton’s, Trump remarked that we, meaning the collective that is the United States of America should, “just cancel the election, and just give it to Trump.” Setting aside the Bob Dole-like illeism of the statement, the content therein, regardless of its likely jovial intent, is indicative of Trump’s refusal to recognize the voting public that exists outside of his bubble.
Trump is a near-sighted optics guy—he believes in what he sees in front of him and generally disregards the larger scope of things.
He continued to question our democratic process, “Why are we even having it? What are we having it for? Her policies are so bad”
Video courtesy of CNN
We’re having it (an election) so we, the voting public, can decide if her policies are in fact, “so bad,” or not. We are having it because this is the way democracy works. If a candidate wins a majority of electoral votes he/she wins the presidency. If he/she doesn’t, regardless of the millions of votes received, he/she loses. The end.
This is not the first time Trump has failed to grasp, or blatantly disregarded one of the most basic tenants of our democratic system. During the primaries, he called the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the GOP nomination a “very random number.” There are 2,472 republican delegates, which means that 1,237 is half the total + 1. A simple majority. Not random at all actually.
Now many people will toss this bit of loose speech to the side, and chalk it up as another Trumpism—a throwaway moment, a joke. But as president, the well of throwaway moments is dry upon inauguration.
This may have been a joke, but there are millions of people listening to the words of this man—heeding his advice, believing his claims. And when he questions the reliability of our decentralized voting system, or when he speaks ill of the Mexican people, or Muslims, or African Americans, or women, or when he states that we should just hand him the presidency, his words reverberate throughout the country, dividing people further, and inciting a level of vitriol unlike anything we’ve seen in modern history.