Friday, November 25, 2016
The "Mandate" Lie
Immediately after the election, a number of Rethuglicans rushed to the cameras to declare that sociopathic fraudster Donald "Rump" Trump had won a "mandate" based on his electoral college win. Among them were Ayn Rand acolyte House Speaker Paul "Lyin'" Ryan, who spent the campaign criticizing and avoiding Rump but who now wants to bask in Rump's orange glow, and Rethuglican National Committee chairstain and weasel / human hybrid Reince "Prepuce" Priebus, who worked behind the scenes to derail Rump during the primaries, but who later signed on and became one of his most servile sychophants.
With the popular vote margin for Secretary Clinton over Rump mounting (over 2 million and still counting), not to mention Rethug losses of two Senate seats and six seats in the House, the Rethugs are hard pressed to claim any "mandate," especially for issues that weren't even debated (prominently, the fate of the social safety net, i.e. Medicare privatization that Lyin' Ryan is eager to pursue). Currently, Clinton's percentage of the popular vote is approximately 48%, compared to Rump's 46%. When you add in the votes for the third party candidates, 53% of voters voted against Rump (we'll give you a full accounting when the final votes are tallied). Not a mandate, unless you live in the alternate universe of right-wing politics and math.