History was made on election day in more ways than one, but not by Hillary Clinton who hoped to become the first female president of the United States.
Donald Trump has broken several records since he announced his candidacy back in 2015, but his first achievement was winning the Republican primaries with the most votes in the history of the party. Trump achieved 13.4 number of votes during the Republican primary season, dethroning George W. Bush who previously held the record of 10.8 million (which is ironic in itself considering Trump also decimated his brother Jeb during the primaries).
Now, after the popular vote totals for the 2016 presidential election have been finalized, Donald Trump has broken yet another voting record by achieving a total of 62.97 million votes, the most for any Republican candidate in history. The previous record holder was George W. Bush in 2004 with 62.04 million votes.
So in a single election year Donald Trump has broken George Bush’s records both in the primaries and the general election, in addition to making his brother Jeb Bush look like a joke on the debate stage earlier this year, eventually forcing him to drop out after he failed miserably in North Carolina. I have a feeling Trump won’t be getting invited to the Bush family Christmas party this year after he has significantly diminished their importance within the Republican party.
All 50 states + DC now certified:
Clinton: 65,844,610 (48.2%)
Trump: 62,979,636 (46.1%)
Others: 7,804,213 (5.7%)https://t.co/j58GaxfPmH
— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) December 20, 2016
Hillary Clinton, despite getting more popular votes than Trump, fell short of Obama’s total in 2012 by nearly 75,000 votes. Hillary also made a bit of history by losing an election by the largest margin of popular votes of any candidate before her, with the previous record holder being Al Gore losing to George Bush in 2000 despite having more votes.
If voters were to only have listened to the mainstream media’s portrayal of Donald Trump during this election, they would have thought he was the most unpopular and hated candidate of all time, even within his own party.
However, the voters had a much different view of Trump, and they proved it this year by voting for him in record numbers both in the primary and general elections, effectively destroying the credibility of the media, polling experts, pundits and the Democrat party itself.