To the Editor:
Re: Harlingen reader asserts Republican politics stole presidential election.
It might do the writer, Ron Lowe, and many others, a bit of good to review Article II of the Constitution of the United States.
The popular vote you cast is, for the most part, just a popularity contest. It is not, as you would know if you were familiar with Article II, the vehicle by which the president and vice president are elected.
Article II lays out the Electoral College, what it is and how it works. Several amendments to the Constitution, including the 12th and 14th clarify some of the finer points of the Electoral College.
The last step in the Electoral College process the president of the Senate (the vice president, a Democrat, in fact), in the presence of the Congress opens and causes the votes to be counted
So, you see, the “Republican-controlled Congress” really had little to do with the proceeding.
The Democratic vice president opened and caused the votes to be counted.
And yes, Donald Trump had more of the votes in the Electoral College than Hillary Clinton — he was the president-elect.
All of the rioting, crying and wringing of hands are not going to change that fact. And finally, on Jan. 20, Mr. Trump took the oath of office and became the 45th president of the United States.
I think the Electoral College did exactly what it was designed to do. It kept one large state from affecting the entire election.
Had the popular vote been the decider, Mrs. Clinton would have won by the fact that California would have cast enough votes to give her that 2.6 million-vote win.
But, as I have said, the popular vote is not how elections for president and vice president are decided. California’s electoral votes were not enough to tip the scale from Mr. Trump. Without California, Mr. Trump would have won both the popular vote and the Electoral College.
At the national, state and local levels, the people spoke and very clearly said that they wanted real change. Change that would, as President Trump says, “Make America Great Again.”
There will be another chance to change the party in power in two years and in four years.