Many American voters are still in denial that Donald Trump actually beat Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8 presidential election, arguably the biggest upset in American history and in political odds.
It doesn’t matter that Hillary is winning the popular vote by more than 1.7 million ballots. At 1.3 percentage points, she has built a lead not seen in a losing campaign since Rutherford B. Hayes disputed election of 1876. Clinton’s current popular-vote advantage is greater than that of seven candidates who won the presidency, including John F. Kennedy.
But when it comes to the number that decides the outcome, Trump won 306 electoral votes, which is roughly 57% of the total. That’s more than enough to win, as it only takes 270, but it’s not especially close to the electoral totals earned by Barack Obama (in 2008 and 2012), Bill Clinton (in 1992 and 1996), or George H. W. Bush (in 1988).
Thus barring something never before seen in U.S. politics — like some Electoral College members actually not voting for Trump even though he won their state — then Trump will be inaugurated on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 in Washington, D.C. What can we expect from the former reality TV star and billionaire real estate developer who has never held office and criticized the likes of Mexicans, Muslims and women while being accused of sexual assault multiple times?
Bet On What Will Donald Trump Will Do When He Becomes President
Russia is the +190 favorite with Mexico to be the first state visit of Trump. Russian president Vladimir Putin backed the Trump campaign and Russian hackers released several of Clinton’s emails. Accused by Clinton of being a puppet of Putin after praising the Russian leader, Trump has dismissed suggestions he had anything to do with the Russian government during the campaign. But Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said there had indeed been some communications. “There were contacts,” he said. “We are doing this and have been doing this during the election campaign.”
Putin says Trump has confirmed his willingness to improve US-Russia relationship. Relations between Washington and Moscow have deteriorated rapidly in the wake of the Ukraine crisis and annexation of Crimea, encounters between Russian and NATO military assets, sanctions and the Syrian civil war.
Trump made a visit to Mexico during his campaign. He’s not exactly beloved down there with his plans to build a wall and send back every illegal immigrant. The long shot on this prop? North Korea at +10000. The world is in trouble if Trump goes there. That Trump does build a wall by the end of 2020 is yes-only at +300. Americans who live near the
Mexican border say the wall is unwelcome. If a 30- to 40-foot concrete wall is a panacea for illegal immigration, as Trump insisted during the campaign, the locals are not convinced. No one actually believes Trump can find the money to build a wall to block the entire 1,954-mile frontier. He has somewhat backed off this promise since winning the election. His only discussion of immigration involved the legal immigration system — a crackdown on visa fraud.
Trump To Put Hillary In Jail?
Also during his campaign, Trump promised to find a special prosecutor to put Clinton in jail for her hiding of classified emails on a private server while Clinton was the Secretary of State. Trump invariably encouraged his supporters’ raucous cries of “lock her up!” at rallies, where T-shirts and badges showed Clinton’s face behind bars.
But Trump has no power to do that in reality and the FBI already has cleared Clinton. And in recent days, Trump has backed away from this. Trump says he won’t recommend prosecution of Clinton, who he told New York Times reporters has “suffered greatly.” What’s more, he said the idea of prosecuting Clinton is “just not something I feel very strongly about.”
That Trump has Clinton arrested is +250.