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“Those Voices Don’t Speak for the Rest of Us.”

Okay, so

When you look at the fact that Donald Trump won the election, it looks like Americans are terrible at making decisions - and hey, many of us are, but there’s more to it than that.

When you look at the fact that Donald Trump won the election riding almost entirely on white votes, it looks like white supremacy is still terrifyingly relevant in this country, and a politically significant number of people are way too okay with fascism - and yes, it is, and they are, but there’s more to it than that.

When you look at the fact that Donald Trump got fewer votes than Hillary Clinton and yet won the election riding almost entirely on white votes, it looks like the Electoral College is a broken system - and it is, but there’s more to it than that.

When you look at the fact that Donald Trump got fewer votes not only than Hillary Clinton, but also John McCain in ‘08 and Mitt Romney in ‘12, and yet won the election riding almost entirely on white votes, it looks like general voter apathy may have contributed to the election results - and sure, I heard plenty of folks saying they “just don’t like either candidate,” but there’s still more to it than that.

Because when you look at the fact that Donald Trump got fewer votes than either his opponent or the losing candidates of both previous presidential elections, yet rode to victory on the terrible opinions of frighteningly excited white voters in the first election since the Voting Rights Act was stricken down, it starts to look like those weird voting laws that multiple states have been putting into effect recently actually did exactly what they were meant to do, and we’re going to have a hell of a time fixing this situation through the electoral process if we don’t find a way to repair the damage that has been done to that process. America was just as racist when John McCain ran as it is now, the Electoral College was just as broken, and judging by the write-ins for “Jack Daniels,” many voters cared just as little - but voter disenfranchisement is so much worse now than in 2008, and so is the outcome of the election.

tl;dr, The rights of American voters being set back about fifty years put Trump in the Oval Office, and fighting for the restoration of those rights is our best way to keep more men like him out of it.