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Actually, ‘Nobody’ Won the 2016 Presidential Election — and it Was a Landslide

Monday, November 14, 2016 16:43
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By Nick Bernabe

“Nobody for President, that’s my campaign slogan,” Nick Cannon asserted in “Too Broke to Vote,” his viral criticism of the American electoral process from March of this year. Now, it turns out nobody for president won the 2016 election in a landslide.

According to new voter turnout statistics from the 2016 election, 47 percent of Americans voted for nobody, far outweighing the votes cast for Trump (25.5 percent) and Hillary (25.6 percent) by eligible voters.

And the “I voted for nobody” group is actually much larger than the 47 percent reported because that number only includes eligible voters. How many millions of Americans under the legal voting age — not to mention the countless millions who have lost their voting rights — voted for nobody, as well? Factoring in those individuals, around 193 million people did not vote for Trump or Clinton. That’s nearly two-thirds of the population of the United States.

Nobody also seemingly won the presidential primaries, with only 9 percent of Americans casting their votes for either Trump or Clinton.

Today’s paper, an unintentional reminder to look at third party candidates like @GovGaryJohnson or @DrJillStein. pic.twitter.com/vC6KnbIq7h

— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) August 1, 2016

So when does nobody take office? Nobody won the majority of votes in the primaries or the general election, and the two main candidates who were running didn’t “win” the popular vote — they simply slightly out-competed each other considering neither garnered over 50 percent of the eligible voters’ ballots.

That’s where the real debate begins.

As I wrote back in August when the primary voter turnout rates came in, one could argue that Trump (and Obama) do not have a legitimate mandate to rule over the people of the United States. Trump did not win the majority of Americans’ votes — not even close.

When all Americans are included, Trump only garnered the votes of about 19 percent of us. This means the United States will be ruled over by a small minority of voters who elected someone to continually impose their political positions on the other 81 percent of us.

Of course, as is the case with Democrats looking to assign blame for Hillary’s loss, pundits and political pontificators argue the people who didn’t vote have no right to complain about the outcome. After all, a non-vote or a vote for a third-party candidate was, in actuality, a vote for Trump. But that logic is flawed. The majority of Americans don’t vote anymore because the political system no longer represents them. We’ve been disenfranchised by decades of corrupt, unrepresentative politicians.

The United States, according to a highly-cited academic study, is effectively an oligarchy “elected” by a minority of voters ruled by a smaller minority of disliked politicians who represent an even smaller minority of billionaires and special interests. You know it, I know it, hell, even former U.S. President Jimmy Carter knows it. The majority of Americans voted for nobody not because they don’t care or because they are apathetic — they voted no confidence in a political system that forgot about them a long time ago.

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  • Voting will never change things in a meaningful way. It only serves to legitimize the existing system which, as you point out here, has just legitimized a person to be our President who was actually rejected by about 75% of the eligible voters. Then we celebrate the charade and call this a “representative government” that serves the people.

    So what’s a real solution that is guaranteed to serve the people? It’s called noncompliance, or civil disobedience, by the people. This is a powerful option but one that requires some courage to implement because it’s not simply about protesting and complaining; it requires concrete action.

    For example, suppose just 10% of 300 million Americans refused comply with some government decree they consider to be unconstitutional, or immoral, or harmful. With 30 million people actively refusing to comply, there is no way that government can jail all of them. Now THAT would certainly bring about change.

    It’s what Ghandi did to rid India of British imperialism and what MLK did to help establish civil rights for the oppressed people here in America.

  • NO WAY THOSE NUMBERS ARE CORRECT….WHY WOULD YOU BELEIVE ANYTHING FROM MSNBC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    INCLUDING ARIZONA AND MICHIGAN RESULTS GIVES TRUMP THE WIN.
    TRUMP…62.9 POPULAR…306 ELECTORAL
    HILLARY…62.2 POPULAR…223 OR SOMETHING

    TRUMP GOT MORE VOTES AND THAT DOESNT INCLUDE THE TORN UP BALLOTS AND ALL THE FRAUD DONE BY THE LEFT AGAINST TRUMP. IF THE TRUTH IS KNOWN HILLARY GOT ABOUT 17% OF THE VOTES TO ABOUT 83% FOR TRUMP.

    TRUMP WON…..!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Let me offer several points for clarification:

      The data in the article is from Nov 9, so it’s a little bit dated by now.
      The source for the data is the “United States Election Project”, not MSNBC.
      There is a big difference between “Popular votes” and “Eligible voters”. Once you understand this difference, the article will make much more sense.

      -Peace

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