I still occasionally see people referring to the fact that Donald Trump did not win the meaningless "popular vote" as if that somehow de-legitimizes his Presidency. As I have said before this is nonsense and as I am sure it will come up when Neil Gorsuch is being questioned as part of his confirmation process by political stooges like Chuck "Crocodile Tears" Schumer. I wanted to make a quick point about the bigger picture of the American electorate and their preferences as expressed in the votes they cast.
In the 2016 Presidential election, there were basically six candidates who received significant support (more than 200,000 votes). Obviously two were Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton but there were four others, most notably Libertarian Gary Johnson, as well as Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Constitution Party candidate Darrell Castle and independent Evan McMullin. Since we live in a binary political system you can divide the candidates into Left-leaning and Right-leaning. Clinton and Stein fall into the Left-leaning category, with Stein far more Left than Clinton. Trump, Johnson, McMullin and Castle would fall into the Right-leaning category, with all three minor candidates far to the Right of Trump. It may not be as obvious if you don't know much about Libertarianism beyond Gary Johnson and his awful running mate Bill Weld but the Libertarian Party platform is far to the right of the GOP platform. For example, on health care the LP favors a completely privatized system:
2.10 Health Care
We favor a free-market health care system. We recognize the freedom of individuals to determine the level of health insurance they want (if any), the level of health care they want, the care providers they want, the medicines and treatments they will use and all other aspects of their medical care, including end-of-life decisions. People should be free to purchase health insurance across state lines.
That is way beyond what even Trump and most GOP leaders would propose.
So if you take the total votes for all six candidates who drew over 200,000 votes and break them out into "Right" and "Left" this is what you get:
Hillary Clinton 65,853,625
Jill "Recount" Stein 1,457,222
Donald Trump 62,985,105
Gary Johnson 4,489,233
Darrel Castle 203,039
Evan McMullin 728,860
If you look at it this way, more people voted for a Right-leaning candidate than voted for a Left-leaning candidate. Setting aside the fact that Hillary's entire "popular vote" margin is attributable to California where Trump barely campaigned and even adding in the 100,000 or so votes that Bernie "Three Home Socialist" Sanders got, and the Right-leaning candidates received almost one million more votes than the Left-leaning candidates.
As I said, the popular vote is meaningless in our system. If it were not Trump would have spent more time and money on California and New York and Hillary would have spent more time in Texas. What I am simply pointing out is that as a whole the voting population was very closely split and in fact, in spite of the spin from the leftist media, more people voted for individual freedom and smaller government than voted for the opposite.
So if you think that Trump not winning the "popular vote" means he has less of a mandate, just keep in mind two facts. First, more people voted for a Right candidate than a Left candidate and second that the American people also elected a majority Right House and Senate as well as substantial Republican legislative majorities and governorship's across the nation. In our closely divided nation that is as close to an iron-clad mandate as you are going to get.