More Americans voted for Hillary Clinton than for Donald Trump.
More Americans voted for Democratic Senate candidates than for
Republican Senate candidates.
So why aren’t Democrats acting like it? Why aren’t they trying to
force Republicans, the media, and the emergent Trump White House
to act like it?
This is not an argument that the election was rigged, or that
Trump’s win is somehow illegitimate. The president is chosen by
the Electoral College. The Senate is built to favor small states.
Gerrymandering is legal. America does not decide national
elections by simply tallying up votes.
But the will of the voters still matters, or at least it should.
Thus far, Democrats have slipped comfortably into the position of
minority party. They aren’t demanding that Trump put forward
compromise candidates for key posts. They aren’t laying out a
proactive agenda that would serve as their basis for negotiations
with Trump and the Republicans. And they aren’t, in their public
messaging, emphasizing that most voters opposed Trump’s agenda,
and that both Democrats and Republicans need to take that
We lost the election, but we’re the plurality. That’s the truth. It doesn’t change the results, but it’s so uncomfortable for Trump that he’s just making shit up that he somehow actually won the popular vote.