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Is Donald Trump an Illegitimate President?
Think what you might, but America is divided. The U.S. election was tainted, like it or not, by two suspect events. Even though Trump won the all important electoral vote, Clinton did win the popular vote, even if by a close margin.
Many voters and some senators and congress men and women do not consider Trump the President of the United States. As silly as this sounds, because he did win, the two events that many think tainted the election are the Russians hacking into the Democratic Party server and the odd timing of the FBI reopening the Clinton investigation just two days before the election regarding her email server. This was months after the FBI had cleared Clinton of any wrongdoing. The Russian hacks into the servers obtained some very damaging documents that made Clinton look bad and even more untrustworthy than many thought.
It does not take much deduction to see how these two actions might impact the election, an election that was razor close. The Russian hack did happen as the CIA and other agencies have indicated and that Putin did want to meddle with the election in favor of Trump. Putin did not want Clinton to win. The documents that were released via Wikileaks from the hacked servers could have and for some, did, change how people may vote. The most likely voter impacted were the undecided ones and there were many, like myself (I voted for Trump). Those hacked documents did push me further towards Trump. I was appalled by some of the hacked emails and other internal communication under Hilary Clinton. Equally upsetting was simply Trump's persona.
The impact of the FBI reopening the Clinton email investigation days before the election was the "killer" for me and probably many undecided voters. I thought it was a bit odd at the time, perhaps, political, but, still, MORE emails had been found on another laptop. For me and probably others, both events were simply too much for me to vote for Clinton, even though, I was not a die hard Trump person.
The question is not did these two actions change how voters might vote, but, how many of them (like me) were swayed by them to vote for Trump? That is an answer that is indeterminable.
For many who voted for Clinton, Trump is a real illegitimate president and will oppose everything he tries to do. Yet, Clinton did receive more of the popular vote and still lost. This causes many to want a change in how election results are handled. In the 2016 election, the result was split, dividing America in so many ways.