Living in the real world with Donald Trump’s “landslide”

Donald Trump Landslide

For all the numbers’ nerds out there…

As the final votes are totaled in the 2016 Presidential election, a few interesting facts come further into the light.

First of all, as the raw numbers stand now, Hillary Clinton has won the popular vote by over 2.8 million votes. She beat Trump in the popular vote by 2.1%.

Second, Donald Trump’s percentage of votes – 46.1% – is the second worst by a Republican candidate in the past five elections. Only John McCain’s 45.7% in 2008 was smaller – by 4/10th of 1 percent.

Third, Trump’s winning percentage of 46.1% of the vote is the second lowest in the past half century. Only Bill Clinton’s 1992 winning percentage of 43% was lower. But, 1992 was essentially a three way race with third party candidate – Ross Perot – winning 18.9% of the vote. This was the most of any third party candidate in the modern era.

For those who would bring up the instances of voter fraud in this election, please understand that voter fraud is heinous and anathema to American values. But, given the specific areas of voter fraud, do you really think there was any less voter fraud in these same areas four and eight years ago? Let’s face it, in places like Detroit, Chicago, and Philadelphia, most probably the same numbers of “dead” voters voted in those elections as well. My point is that the vote percentage comparisons between this year’s election and the past few elections are still valid, even with the possible voter fraud occurrences.

Also, this analysis is more focused on the voting percentages rather than the total numbers of votes cast compared to previous elections. Of course more people voted in this year’s election than previously; that’s to be expected with the nation’s population growth. But, it is the percentage of votes each candidate got in relation to the total voters voting that is the most telling. It reveals the current level of support for each candidate in the nation; not comparing them to previous elections’ candidates. (i.e. – of course Donald Trump got more votes than say George W. Bush. But, in two elections, Bush got higher percentages of the votes than Trump got- 47.9 and 50.7.)

As I previously reported, this election was very close and we do indeed have a divided country right now. I believe we can expect the left to keep hammering home these facts as they oppose the “Trump mandate” that will be hyped by his ongoing campaign.

That doesn’t mean that Trump can’t be an effective President, but it does mean he can’t get too far on image and public relations alone. He will have to deliver on his promises if he expects any reasonable success in the Oval Office.

And, pretending he won in a “massive landslide” does nothing to help the nation solve its problems and is devoid of reality anyway.

If America wants to move forward, we need to see real problems solved by serious leaders. We’ve had decades of “spin” coming from Washington. If President-elect Trump is serious about “making America great again”, he needs to bring the real world to Washington. Hollywood imaging and propagandist pseudo media won’t get the job done.

The vast numbers of Americans who didn’t support him, or did so grudgingly, need to see meaningful solutions if they are to be won over to the Trump Administration’s vision of America’s future.

Russ Hepler

Russ Hepler is a pastor, teacher, political activist, author, and conference speaker with over 30 years of experience. He holds a B.A. from Messiah College and an M.A.R. from Evangelical School of Theology. He has been an issues’ advocate, a campaign volunteer for local, state, and federal candidates, Regional Field Director for PA Christian Coalition, president of a county chapter of Pennsylvanians for Human Life, local Republican Committeeman, and an elected member of a town council. He is also a former and current homeschooler and taught in a Christian school (middle school History and Bible) for a number of years. He was formerly a blog writer for The Federalist Papers Project with over 900 articles published. He has been a guest on the American Family Radio program Today’s Issues with Tim Wildmon and on the Bill Martinez Live radio show. One of his sermons – Father’s Day – Where Have All the Heroes Gone? – was featured on the American Pastors’ Network. His first book – Yes! We Can Turn This Nation Around! A Practical Guide for Christian Political Involvement – was published in 2012. It has recently been updated and expanded for 2016 – Yes! We STILL Can Turn This Nation Around! An Updated and Expanded Practical Guide for Christian Political Involvement. Both works are available at He and his wife, Sherry, have founded Transformation 1202 Ministries to educate, encourage, and challenge people of faith to get involved in the political and cultural issues of our day. The ministry has a website, a blog, and a Facebook page: Turn This Nation Around.

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