Protests have broken out every night since Donald Trump was elected President by the electoral college, prompting Republicans to waggle their fingers and chastise the left for refusing to accept the results. Trump himself wasted no time in complaining how “unfair” it was:
Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 11, 2016
But that stands in stark contrast to what he was saying in 2012 following President Obama’s landslide victory, when he called for America to “march on Washington” and railed against the “phony electoral college,” accusing President Obama of an illegitimate victory because he “lost” the popular vote.
As usual, the facts tell a very different story. President Obama won the popular vote by (52.9% to 45.7%) against John McCain and against Mitt Romney (51.1% to 47.2%). Secretary Clinton won the popular vote by a substantial margin – almost two million more votes – but the “phony” electoral college has left us with Donald Trump as our President-elect.
The protesters have every right to make their displeasure with the electoral college handing the presidency to an admitted sexual predator and outspoken bigot. Trump’s hypocrisy is on display for the world to see once again.
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.