Trump has no man­date

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE EDI­TOR, Sir: NOT ONLY did more Americans vote for and hence se­lect Hil­lary Clin­ton as their pres­i­dent, they also re­jected Don­ald Trump. Trump got the least num­ber of votes of any Repub­li­can can­di­date for pres­i­dent since Ge­orge W. Bush did in 2000.

Both John McCain and Mitt Rom­ney got sig­nif­i­cantly more votes from the Repub­li­can party than Trump did. McCain got 59,948,323 and Rom­ney got 60,933,504. So far, Trump is at 59,639,462. His own party did not give him a ring­ing en­dorse­ment.

So, thanks to the elec­toral col­lege sys­tem, Americans and the world are faced with a US pres­i­dent who got fewer votes than his chal­lenger, and in this case less sup­port than the two pre­vi­ous Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates.

Trump en­ters the White House with no man­date, and a deficit of sup­port. God speed. JON READER jon­nreader@gmail.com

We need to show col­lec­tive dis­gust at our lo­cal of­fi­cials or any­one who pro­motes misog­yny, sex­ist and anti-fem­i­nism ar­gu­ments. We as Ja­maicans should not only be ap­palled by what Trump says but also be con­cerned with our lo­cal men and women in power.

KIM­BERLY ROACH

Don­ald Trump

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