By Juan Haines
For the fifth time in American history, the presidential candidate who won the popular vote will not be occupying The Oval Office.
The populist, Donald J. Trump, astounded nearly every political pundit by breaking down what was perceived by Democrats and mainstream media to be a firewall of secure states for Hillary Clinton’s path to the White House.
Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan were that firewall. But each one went to Trump as he amassed 290 electoral votes to Clinton’s 232.
Cementing Trump’s victory was winning the battleground states of Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Georgia, and Arizona.
Nevertheless, over two million more Americans said they wanted Clinton, not Trump, to be president.
In the early hours of Nov. 9, Democratic vice presidential candidate, Tim Kaine in a concession speech quoted William Faulkner, saying, “They kilt us, but they ain’t whooped us yet.”
Later, Hillary Clinton, added, “Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.”
Trump’s decisive victory failed to reflect the sentiments of the 504 San Quentin general population inmates who gave him only 38 votes compared to Clinton’s 380 in a mock election several weeks ago. In the October mock election, 107 Death Row inmates gave Clinton 66 votes and Trump 15.