So over the last few days I have seen more then a few people say that President-Elect Trump has earned a “mandate.” I have always that this was really just a way of saying that the people have given you the authority to do whatever you want to do. So before I dive down that road I thought I would look up the actually definition of mandate.
From dictionary.com –
– a command or authorization to act in a particular way on a public issue given by the electorate to its representative:The president had a clear mandate to end the war.
So looking at this definition I have to think that maybe he did win a mandate from the people. He was elected in a way that was surprising and took the nation and really the world by storm. In the end he (well with Michigan not being called yet) Trump ended up with 290 Electoral votes. 58 More electoral votes then Secretary Clinton. So that means that he is the winner.
But is he really given a mandate? Clinton won the popular vote. So you can make an argument that the American people as a whole want Clinton to be President more then they want Trump. However, the electoral college is a pesky little thing that helps make all the states a little more fair. Otherwise I imagine that candidates would only campaign in New York and Los Angeles.
I think that saying he has a mandate is really a false claim. I think he eked out a win. A fair win. But, a very narrow win to say in the grand scheme of things.