Trump won’t change

What is in my view a halfhearted effort from Hillary Clinton’s camp to support recount is suddenly a bit of drama with tweets from Donald Trump like: In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally. In your opinion, how important or unimportant is this pos-telection episode, does this tell us something about the Trump’s approach to politics?

John PitneyProfessor of Politics, Claremont McKenna College

Unless recount efforts reveal something truly bizarre, Donald Trump will be the next president. Unfounded assertions about vote fraud will not change the results in the electoral college.

But the episode does confirm something about Donald Trump:  he lies.  There is no other way to put it.  Although there might be random cases of improper voting here and there, there is no evidence of massive fraud on the scale that he suggests.

Trump staffers, seeking to rationalize what their boss had said, pointed to a 2014 essay in the Washington Post, but as the headnote to the article itself admitted, subsequent analysis debunked it – Note: The post occasioned three rebuttals (herehere, and here) as well as a response from the authors. Subsequently, another peer-reviewed article argued that the findings reported in this post (and affiliated article) were biased and that the authors’ data do not provide evidence of non-citizen voting in U.S. elections.

He lied many times in the campaign.  Perhaps some Americans hoped that he would change once he won the presidency.  He hasn’t, and he won’t.  Other presidents and world leaders have lied, of course, but Trump lies on an unprecedented scale.  His dishonesty does not bode well for the next four years.

Steffen SchmidtUniversity Professor of Political Science, Iowa State University

The recount is political “shadow boxing” with the left (Green Party) wanting to be relevant to it’s supporters and attract more and the Clinton Campaign probably behind this effort to show that they are opposed to Trump and his policies.

For Trump this is a continuation of his brilliant knowledge of the communications and information media. Just look what he did with one Tweet – he sucked all the oxygen out of all the news coverage. He distracted the media from how he plans to deal with Cuba after Fidel (I am certain that he is salivating at the idea of a HUUUUGE Trump resort on one of the pristine beaches and probably is sending some family member already to start negotiating with Raul Castro).

For the millions who voted for him 62,418,820 (he received the largest popular vote of any elected president in history except Barack Obama) this is another way to say “stay with me I am sticking it to the Clintons and the left)!

So, I see the Trump administration doing what Ronald Reagan used to do which was to have Ronnie” give a speech in prime time to the American people, bypassing the news media and also Congress to shape public opinion.


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