Stop Focusing on Clinton Winning the Popular Vote

It's time to face facts and accept the truth; stop analyzing and start strategizing

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Let me be blunt; Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote does not matter.

To those questioning the fairness of Clinton losing the election, despite getting more than 1.5 million more votes than Donald Trump, it’s time to come out of the denial phase of grief and handle the truth.

It’s Simple—Team Clinton was Outmaneuvered by Team Trump


I wanted her to win, too. But, Clinton knows how the electoral system and the electoral college works. It was her job to work it to her advantage. Every vote counts. However, that doesn’t mean your candidate will win.

How about this: Team Clinton blew a game she should have mastered a long time ago—twice. She was up against two totally different opponents, and rookies at that. On paper, she should have won both times. However, Barack Obama blew by her from the left to win the Democratic nomination in the 2008 presidential race, and Trump passed her from the right to win in the home stretch eight years later.

In both cases, Clinton knew the rules when she got into the game. In fact, she’s been at this for at least as long, if not longer, than any of the 2016 presidential candidates of either party. And according to the rules, the game is won by electoral votes, Clinton winning the popular vote not withstanding.

To put it in football terms:

Clinton Piled Up the Most Yardage, but Trump Scored the Most Points—Game Over


The presidential race is not the last game of the season, it’s the kick-off in the competition to determine America’s future. Can we stop bitching about the rules and stop complaining about how blind the refs are as well as our opponent’s dirty plays? Yes, the Seahawks should have given the ball to Beast Mode, but the Patriots have that Lombardi. Stop pointing at the scoreboard!

The preseason ends with Trump’s inauguration in January. We all need to be focused on getting ready!

Again, It’s not the Off-Season; It’s Preseason


Stop focusing on Clinton winning the popular vote, as if the final stats are more important than the final score.  It’s time to stop analyzing and start strategizing.



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  • Todd Elliott Koger

    Michigan 300,000 votes less than Obama in 2012 (75,00 Black voters accepted the boycott challenge); North Carolina 2 million votes decided to stay home; Wisconsin 230,000 fewer votes; and Pennsylvania 130,000 blacks said no this year to the Democratic Party. This is how black America (Todd Elliott Koger) helped make Donald Trump our 45th President.

    The Democrats had always thrown shade in our direction. Black Lives Matter’s founders put in writing their “rejection” of us because their stated agenda “LGBTQ” issues. In June 2016, Donald Trump was the only one willing to listen to us. We explained to Mr. Trump that we had been voting almost 50 years “straight” Democrat and our situation remained the same or worst.

    First, Mr. Trump issued an online video that addressed our plight. Next he went to Michigan and then took the message to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Thereafter, we packaged the visual optics and shared his fight against the “status quo” with black America. And, in late August 2016, we outlined the grassroots plan that defined demographics, targeted groups, and the available tools to grow an arsenal of black Trump supporters. We had to work night and day to control the message and Mr. Trump’s “Plan for Black America” as a campaign strategy to change the conversation when Mr. Trump slumped in the polls.

    When “sh*t hit the fan” in October 2016 and everyone started to run from Mr. Trump we suggested a “writing,” a “NEW DEAL” proposal for black America to put things back on track. Donald Trump owes his victory to “predominately black Democratic strongholds of Pennsylvania” who were convinced to give Mr. Trump 31 percent more votes than the previous Republican Party presidential candidate. African Americans like Todd Elliott Koger convinced hundreds of thousands blacks in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and various other states to boycott the traditional “straight” Democratic Party vote in 2016.

    Mr. Trump’s “margin of victory” is realized when you combine this with an increase of “Obama white voters” in Wisconsin and Michigan voting Trump in 2016. Trump won Pennsylvania by 1.1 percentage points (68,236 votes), Wisconsin by 0.9 points (27,257 votes), and Michigan by 0.2 points (11,837 votes). If Clinton had won all three states, she would have won the Electoral College 278 to 260. She fell short in all three.