Define "will of the people'

Posted2/29/2020 1:00 AM

I'm writing in response to a letter by Katherine L. Berman, which appeared in the Feb. 20 edition of the Daily Herald. Like Katherine, I'm tired of hearing something, too. That something is: "Please remember that "the will of the people" was to elect Hillary Clinton, who received 3 million more votes then Trump."

In the 2016 election, a total of 137,125,484 votes were cast. Of these, 65,853,652 (48.02%) went to Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump received 62,985,134 (45.93%). Other candidates received the remaining votes, which amounted to 6.05% of the total. My vote was among this 6.05%.


Looking at this from a slightly different perspective, 54.07% voted against Trump and 51.98% voted against Clinton. No presidential candidate had a majority (greater than 50%) of the popular vote.

Kenneth Fron

North Aurora

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