Electoral College Stole American Elections 5 Times in U.S. History
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According to the “L.A. Times,” the President-Elect has lost the popular vote five times in U.S. History. These presidents include John Quincy Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, Benjamin Harrison, George W. Bush, and Donald J. Trump. This article will list the commonalities between these instances in our history based on the fact three of these individuals were immediate family members of previous presidents, two were believed to bring the nation together, and two of these instances occurred during this century. Additionally, it also considers the need to readdress the Electoral College, because most of these instances occurred favored the Republican Party candidate.
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John Quincy Adams 6th President of the United States – Son of 2nd President John Adams
It comes as no surprise to learn John Quincy Adams is the first instance of this phenomenon of the President-Elect losing the popular vote. There was never a better time to show preference towards previous leadership, than the son of the 2nd president. He was a member of several different political parties, so this takes away from the idea of one party was being favored, but does show preference of his political family. He only served one term from 1825-1829.
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Rutherford B. Hayes 19th President During the Reconstruction Era 1877-1881
White House.Gov reports, Rutherford B. Hayes oversaw the end of Reconstruction and attempted to reconcile the divisions left over from the Civil War. The nation was recovering from the deadliest American War and needed someone who could bring the nation together in order to heal. He served during the Civil War with the ranking of Major General. He was a Republican and only served one term.
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Benjamin Harrison 23rd President - Grandson of 9th President William Harrison
Biography claims, Benjamin Harrison became a member of the Republican Party when it was created in 1856. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1880 and served as the president from 1889 to 1892. Interestingly enough, the only reason he was nominated by the party was the fact they could not find a suitable alternative. At the same time, he also only served one term, which is common for all three of these previous examples.
George W. Bush 43rd President – Son of 41st President George H. W. Bush
Now in the modern world, it is easier to recall what happened during this time, because we lived it. It was abundantly clear the only reason George W. Bush won this election was the fact his father was president not that long before himself. This instance can be compared to the first instance, because of how close the two terms were together. Additionally, he is also a Republican who he went on a wild goose chase into a nation who did not attack us, just to complete some unfinished business his father left behind.
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Donald J. Trump 45th President – Served After the 1st African American President Served 2 Terms
Donald Trump won his election as a Republican, but as late as the early 2000s he was a registered Democrat from New York City. This election puzzles me the most, because the people who voted for him should have been able to see what kind of lying, snake he is, but elected him anyway. At the same time, there is a strong argument they believed he would bring the nation together better than Hillary Clinton, because she was believed to be untrustworthy.
The reality is, the Electoral College was always questionable in the past, but the fact two of these instances have occurred during this century proves this has become a serious problem that must be addressed before another election occurs. The loss for Al Gore was tough enough because he only had a few defectors in the Electoral College who sent his votes to Bush, but for Hillary Clinton the problem was worse and more blatant based on the number of defectors. This is the result of Russian interference through social media, not to change the minds of many, but the few electorates.
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