Earlier this week, we told you about Vox’s scorching hot take about why Donald Trump won the election:
FACEPALM alert! Vox's hot take about why Trump won the election is SO scorching it melted itself https://t.co/0niqwuaXxY
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 16, 2018
To be clear: Trump only won the presidential election in 2016 because of the Electoral College. https://t.co/0Eiri1qrrp
— Vox (@voxdotcom) July 16, 2018
That awakening continues to unfold:
Clarification: Trump was able to win the election despite losing the popular vote because he clinched narrow wins in key swing states. The Electoral College worked in his favor because it places more weight on swing states and props up smaller states. https://t.co/YVrbEBZJbh
— Vox (@voxdotcom) July 17, 2018
Nice ratio on that tweet! And none of that helps vindicate Hillary Clinton’s campaign strategy (or lack thereof):
One candidate won by forming a strategy based on 200-year-old ground rules. The other candidate lost by seeking to amass something irrelevant to victory.
That the former is vilified for shrewdness while the latter is martyred for stupidity will be a marvel for future historians.
— Razor (@hale_razor) July 18, 2018
If only there were some document that could have outlined how Presidential elections work, Hillary could have know this and campaigned in these "key swing states" instead of pursuing more votes in states she'd already had a lock on.
Too bad such a document is imaginary. https://t.co/cbqz7DtMsW
— Fusilli Spock (@awstar11) July 18, 2018
Repeat after me: There is no such thing as a popular vote in an electoral election
— Tzvi (@kilovh) July 17, 2018
That’s called running a presidential campaign dumbass https://t.co/KrY8OXQtVl
— Andrew Ford (@AndrewFord7) July 18, 2018
Even with your “clarification”, you’re obtuse. It doesn’t “prop up” smaller states, it forces candidates to engage all voters, not just those in large states. That was the whole point, which you seem utterly incapable of grasping. https://t.co/qsE3SkABub
— SMATTUS (@mdrache) July 17, 2018
“Smaller states” like Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. https://t.co/I2YxZ0ZYYn
— Raymond Gross (@RaymondGross) July 18, 2018
But it’s nice that at least Vox is finally figuring out how it all works:
This isn't so much a clarification as an explanation for someone who failed elementary social studies, which granted is your readership. https://t.co/cZ99mNbU8o
— (((≠))) (@ThomasHCrown) July 17, 2018
Don’t feel so overwhelmed @voxdotcom, it was hard on me to when I learned how the electoral college worked. Of course, that was in the eleventh grade. But better late than never.
— Buck Clemons (@williamclemons) July 17, 2018
The amazing part of this situation is…. both candidates were well aware of this!
You don't win football games by having the most yards gained. https://t.co/toshgR7JW8
— John G (@John_Gee83) July 17, 2018
[spits out yet another entire mouthful of Venezuelan crab meat] WHAT??https://t.co/lnGD6j2GVN
— Cuffy (@CuffyMeh) July 17, 2018
What you clarified is your stupidity. https://t.co/9yjIReCJF0
— Akquir'd Ta$te (@livnwithfavor) July 17, 2018
Next: learning where babies come from. https://t.co/P7TXvSvv80
— Anthony Bialy (@AnthonyBialy) July 18, 2018