Faking a Mandate
Michael Arnovitz

The claim of a mandate is false, as you point out. Many more people voted for Clinton than Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Trump himself feels uneasy about the election result, much as he feels uneasy about the size of his fingers. Thus, he tries to inflate his small margin of victory. Just as significant, throughout his campaign Trump continuously made inconsistent statements. He said he would build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. But he whispered into the ears of the NY Times editorial board that he wasn’t really serious about that wall. He was going to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton. Oh, now he’s not. I reject the specious mandate argument; however, if I accepted it my question would be: a mandate to do what exactly? Build and not build a wall along the border with Mexico? Repeal and not repeal the Affordable Care Act? Prosecute and not prosecute Hillary Clinton? Protect Medicare and not protect Medicare, i.e. hand it to the Republican wolves?

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