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When U.S. President-elect Donald Trump takes office later this month, Americans will be more divided than they have been in years.And never before has a U.S. president been elected with such a popular-vote deficit: 2.8 million and counting. The leader of a government that is supposed to be of, by, and for the people has been elected by a clear minority of those people. Of course, educated observers know that U.S. presidential elections are not decided by the popular vote, but by the Electoral College. When Trump brags that he won by a landslide, he is engaging in his characteristic "truthiness". Woe betide anyone who suggests that Russia's malign interference in the election has anything to do with Trump's own warmth toward Russian President Vladimir Putin.Imagine that Trump had won the popular vote by a wide margin, but suffered a narrow defeat in the Electoral College.Indeed, if the tables were turned, there would be ample cause to worry for the future of the U.S. – a country that I love and have long admired.
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