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Temple Chima UbochiTuesday, December 27, 2016
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FACTORS WHICH DETERMINED THE 2016 UNITED STATES' PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION'S (8)

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Continued from Part 7

Russia is now stronger than any potential aggressor (Russian President Vladimir Putin)

Donald Trump was good at getting "angry white men" to vote for him (Bill Clinton)

Mr. Trump is unfit to serve. His scape-goating of so many Americans, and his impulsivity, bullying, lying, admitted history of sexual assault, and utter lack of experience make him a danger to the republic (Change.Org)

There is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections ... that we need to take action and we will. At a time and a place of our own choosing. Some of it may be explicit and publicized; some of it may not be (President Obama)

ow, I join the salon.com in saying: Welcome to America: land of no context, land of fake news, land of a fake president, and a fake country.

I agree with change.org that the 2016 Presidential Election was one of the most terrifying political events to ever take place in U.S. history. Americans were faced with two of the most unqualified candidates to ever take the debate stage. A guy, Crystal Ewing, from Springfield, Illinois, wrote that "Hillary has committed treason and is unworthy of being president. Trump is not qualified because he has no experience. He also clearly has a mental condition called narcissistic personality disorder. The only qualified, honest person, Bernie Sanders, had the primary election literally stolen from him by Clinton and her minions". America needs a President who can lead the country in times of triumph, times of despair and everything in between. Americans need a President who does not tear people down but builds them up. Americans need a President who truly cares about the safety and security of the United States and its people. The Presidential Office is not a reality TV show, and it is most definitely not a place to jeopardize the safety of the American people. I doubt if America got what it wanted.

Anyway, it's now a foregone conclusion that Donald Trump will become the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017. Everybody has to live with this obvious fact!

It's official: Hillary Clinton received nearly three million more votes than Donald Trump. According to popsugar.com, if you feel devastated and puzzled that, despite this, she will not be the next president, grab a tissue and allow us to explain what happened. The United States voting process is centered on the Electoral College, which is an organized group that elects the president and vice president. Each state gets a certain number of electors (representatives who actually vote) based on the size of its population. Highly populated states like California get more electors (55), while smaller states like Vermont get fewer (three). Most states have a winner-takes-all rule instead of a proportional allocation of votes. When you voted on Nov. 8, you were actually choosing for electors who will vote on your behalf on Dec. 19. There are 538 electoral votes, and a candidate needs more than half (270) to win. This means that while more people voted for Clinton, Trump still won because he got more electoral votes. According to final numbers, Clinton received 65.8 million votes (48 percent) and Trump got 62.9 million votes (46 percent), yet she only pulled in 232 electoral votes and he tallied up 306.

Even when people doubted if Americans really voted for Trump, events thereafter removed such doubt. Trump keeps on winning and winning! Two states had a recount, and instead, Trump got more votes after the exercise. Many were hoping that the Electoral College will deny Trump the presidency on December 19, but instead, Hillary Clinton surprisingly lost more Electoral Votes than Trump after the exercise. The CIA accused Russia of interfering with the American election, but instead of being outraged by what Russia did, many Republicans have favorable opinion of Putin than they have of their own president, Barack Obama; while Republicans have 35% favorable opinion, and 51% unfavorable opinion of Russia's Putin; they have only 9% favorable opinion, and 90% unfavorable opinion of Obama.

It looks like Russia hired internet trolls to pose as pro-Trump Americans. The businessinsider.com wrote that "Russia's troll factories were, at one point, likely being paid by the Kremlin to spread pro-Trump propaganda on social media. That is what freelance journalist, Adrian Chen, now a staff writer at The New Yorker, discovered as he was researching Russia's "army of well-paid trolls" for an explosive New York Times Magazine exposť published in June 2015". According to Chen: "I feel like it's some kind of really opaque strategy of electing Donald Trump to undermine the US or something. Like false-flag kind of thing. You know, that's how I started thinking about all this stuff after being in Russia"!

What a shame! If Russia really influenced the election of Trump, then one needs not to wonder again how people "voted" for Trump, but don't want to see him as the president. People have been wondering how Americans can elect Trump, and still, there are demonstrations against his election.

One thing I can't vouch at this time is what Trump's presidency will look like, but I'm ready to give him the benefit of the doubt, as he might end up changing so many things, albeit positively, all around the world. But still, many think that this man, Trump, might be a disaster, and he's not even helping matters. Take the alleged Russian interference for instance: Trump continues to give people reasons to believe his alleged Russian ties. Rex Huppke of Chicago Tribune put it into perspective, showing things Trump has done that suggest he might be Russia-curious:

o Failed to condemn the Russian hacks of the Democratic National Committee.

o Mocked American intelligence operations rather than express outrage at the possibility of Russian meddling.

o Spoken fawningly of Russian President Vladimir Putin who, by all reasonable measures, is a very bad person.

o Appointed retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, a noted Putin fanboy with close ties to Russia, as his national security adviser.

o Appointed Exxon Mobil CEO, Rex Tillerson, as his secretary of state, even though Tillerson is so tight with Russia that Putin awarded him the "Order of Friendship," one of the highest honors Russia can give a foreign citizen.

o Generated headlines like "Russia Is Reportedly Delighted at Donald Trump's Cabinet Picks" and garnered praise from people like Putin aide Sergei Markov, who told Bloomberg: "These are people Russia can do business with."

You know the old saying: "Where there's smoke, there is almost definitely not fire, now move along and stop staring."

Trump might have problems getting some of his cabinet-level nominations confirmed by the senate. Even though there are 52 Republican senators and 48 Democratic senators, a handful of the GOP senators are independent minded, and are arguably very power, and could derail many of the nominations.

But why has Trump's election provoked such an outrage? Didn't Americans vote for him? Does it mean that Russia foisted Trump as the winner of that election somehow? Because I can't believe that those who supposedly voted for Trump, are the ones who still don't want him to ascend to the presidency. Were they voting for him while hoping that someone else will be the president, even if Trump wins? Methinks that people were voting for Trump, but never thought that he will win, or will become the president. That's the reason, according to polls, that Trump is the least popular US president-elect in two decades.

According to the AFP, Donald Trump's approval rating has improved since he won the White House on November 8, but he is still the least popular US president-elect in more than two decades. An average of recent polls, calculated by the Real Clear Politics website, shows that about 50 percent of Americans hold an unfavorable opinion of the Republican leader, against 45 percent who view him positively. That is better than on Election Day, when 58 percent of voters expressed negative sentiments towards him. But Trump still trails his two immediate predecessors, according to a CBS poll made public on Thursday, December 15. More than one in three Americans believe he will be a poor president, compared to seven percent for Barack Obama in December 2008, and 14 percent for George W. Bush in December 2000. Gallup, using data going back to Bill Clinton's election in 1992, found that Trump has hit a new low in terms of public approval of how he's handled the transition, with 48 percent giving him a thumbs down, and the same percentage a thumbs up. By comparison, three-quarters of Americans approved Obama's handling of the presidential transition, and two-thirds likewise thought Bill Clinton did a good job in the period between his election and inauguration.

Let's get back to some of the factors which determined the outcome of the election:

Sexism as a Factor:

Hillary Clinton dreamt and prepared all her life to become the president of the United States. That was why she forgave her husband, when he was involved in the Monica Lewinsky's affair, as she got the whole ugly saga behind her, and moved on, even when many people criticized her for hanging on with Bill Clinton, despite his unfaithfulness. People thought that their marriage was on the brink, and will be over after their White House stint, but, instead, the then vice president, Al Gore and his wife, Tippa, everybody thought had a near perfect marriage divorced after Al Gore lost the presidential election to George Bush in 2000. Bill and Hillary Clinton have stick together, right from their law school days, to Arkansas' governor's lodge, to the White House, and till now. Hillary had her eyes on the presidency of the United States for a long time, and that must have been one of the reasons she hanged on, going through thick and thin to get to where she was until she lost the election. No matter what anybody thinks about her, and no matter the mistakes she made which cost her the White House, she deserves praise for her perseverance. She fought so many battles, winning many and losing only few. Not many men can withstand what she went through, and still remain "standing". Despite the latest upset of losing the election, she's a strong woman!

According to Hillaryclinton.com, Hillary has spent her life as a trailblazer-accomplishing things nobody else had ever done before.

Here are 14 times Hillary did it first:

1969: Hillary was the first student to give the commencement address at Wellesley College.

1978: Hillary became the first first lady of Arkansas to continue working while her husband was in office.

1978: Hillary was the first woman to chair the board of the Legal Services Corporation.

1979: Hillary was the first woman given the title of partner at Rose Law Firm.

1980: Hillary was the first attorney in her office to take maternity leave-the firm didn't have a policy, so she wrote her own.

1993: Hillary was the first first lady to have an office in the West Wing of the White House.

1997: Hillary became the first first lady to win a Grammy.

2000: Hillary was the first first lady to walk in a gay pride parade.

2000: Hillary was the first first lady elected to public office, serving as the first woman U.S. senator from New York.

2003: Hillary became the first senator from New York to serve on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

2008: During a hard-fought primary with President Obama, Hillary was the first woman to win a major party primary election, first in New Hampshire and then in states across the country. And she racked up 17 million primary votes in the process (no woman had even come close to that number before).

2009: Hillary was the first former first lady to serve in the cabinet of a United States president.

2016: Hillary was the first woman to ever win the Iowa caucus, and then the South Carolina primary, and then Alabama, and on and on and on.

2016: Hillary became the first woman presidential nominee of a major political party.

But on November 8, 2016, there was at least one thing that is still missing from this list, and Americans didn't make it happen, as the highest and hardest glass ceiling didn't crack that day.

One thing that is clear by the result of that election is that it might be hard for a woman to ever rule America. Hillary Clinton had everything at her disposal to become the first female president of the United States, but she failed. No other woman can be so blessed or will come as close as Hillary Clinton. She was an ex-first lady, ex-senator of New York, ex- Secretary of State, which other woman will ever be all these? This was a chance of a life time, and she blew it, so the womenfolk will have to wait for a long time to ever make it to the White House. Hilary Clinton was their best bet.

Apart from the fact that America was not ready for a woman president this time, so many other factors contributed to the outcome of the election many never envisaged. The woman factor is not a strong one, but it played a role, in that even women weren't ready to give one of their own any chance to be the president, as many of them voted for Trump instead of Hillary Clinton. Who could have imagined that more than half of White Women in the America voted for Trump, instead of Hillary? How can women flock to Trump during the election, despite the fact that he was a well known women groper? Do women love those who grope them, the more?

To be continued!

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