Trump elected only by Elec­toral Col­lege

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - VIEWS & VOICES -

Re­gard­ing Ken­neth Ike­naga’s let­ter (“Trump de­serves re­spect for his of­fice,” Star-Ad­ver­tiser, Feb. 10), let’s get some­thing straight: Don­ald Trump was not “voted in by the peo­ple.”

Trump lost the pop­u­lar vote by some 3 mil­lion peo­ple; he was voted in by the Elec­toral Col­lege, an anachro­nism that in this case demon­strates its ir­rel­e­vance for our time by sub­vert­ing the will of the ma­jor­ity in fa­vor of what is be­com­ing a tyranny of the mi­nor­ity.

If the agenda and pri­or­i­ties of ru­ral, smaller states is so rad­i­cally dif­fer­ent from the rest of their coun­try­men as to re­quire an amoral, as­pir­ing au­to­crat to ad­vance their in­ter­ests, then maybe the idea of re­con­sti­tut­ing the re­pub­lic is not as pre­pos­ter­ous and dis­taste­ful as pre­vi­ously imag­ined.

Doug Lamer­son Kailua

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