Augusta, GA — The results of the November 8th general election may have given us a new President-Elect, but the turmoil that started brewing continues weeks later. Dr. Craig Albert, an associate professor of Political Science at Augusta University, returns to the set of The Means Report to dissect exactly what happened election night and what continues to transpire today.
With 306 electoral votes, Donald Trump became the 45th President-Elect of the United States; that number exceeds the required 270 needed votes and beats the 232 votes which Hillary Clinton received. This outcome surprised many and protests ensued across the country. The outrage was also fueled in part by the factor that Clinton received a majority of the popular vote, now exceeding the number of votes for Trump by 1.5 million. This disparity has many calling for the electoral college to cast their votes to Clinton on December 19, making her the next president of the United States: including an online petition that has garnered more that 4.5 million signatures and a bill introduced by California Senator Barbara Boxer to do away with the electoral college.
This is not the first time there has been a push to get rid of the electoral college, or to get it to give its votes to the candidate with the popular vote, but Dr. Albert explains that it would be nearly impossible to do away with the electoral college all together. He also addresses the unrest demonstrated in the protests, as well as what President-Elect Trump needs to do to help repair the rift that is dividing the country.