What Republican mandate?
The 2016 presidential election was not a vote for the policies of Donald Trump, who received fewer votes than Hillary Clinton (“One person, one vote,” Nov. 14). If the voters supported his policies, the Republicans would have gained seats in Congress. Instead, the Republicans lost about 10 seats in the House of Representative and two seats in the Senate. Four Republican senators won their seats with less than 50 percent of the vote, so the losses could have been greater.
The Republicans need votes from 50 of their 52 senators to enact legislation on party lines. Some Republican senators from urban states are unlikely to support controversial legislation.
If this had been a normal election, the results would have been considered indecisive. We shall have to see what happens when the Republicans realize that they were not particularly successful in attracting votes.