Hillary Clinton’s supporters argue that the popular vote is more important than the electoral vote. During the primaries, however, they were playing a different tune.
The fact is, during the Democratic primaries, the popular vote didn’t matter to Hillary. Clinton won the Democratic nomination because she played the delegate game (and not the popular vote game) better than her opponent, Bernie Sanders. Rather than push for the popular vote, Clinton went after delegates. Even when Sanders beat Clinton in the popular vote in many states, he lost the delegate fight to her. Of course, the delegate system works almost exactly as the electoral process that decides the Presidency. They knew how to win the Presidential election; they just couldn’t pull it off. And so the “Hillary Clinton Popular Vote” argument was born.
When winning delegates was the key to victory, Clinton had no problem losing the popular vote. For example, let’s see how things went for Hillary Clinton in the Democratic caucus in Wyoming, in April.
Despite a 12-point loss in the state, Hillary pulled even in the delegate haul. It was a strategy that they employed again and again. They went after winning delegates and superdelegates, even if it meant losing the popular vote, which she lost several times. Clinton’s ability to rack up superdelegates that were not bound by the popular vote won her the nomination. And she had no problems with that.
EVEN DEMOCRATS SEE THE HYPOCRISY WITH CLINTON
Bernie Sanders supporter Josh Adjutant posted this statement on Facebook, which puts things in perspective.
Here’s how CNN reported the Sanders win in Wyoming, with no concern about Sanders failing to get delegates to reflect his popular vote win. When the electoral vote didn’t reflect a Hillary Clinton popular vote win over Donald Trump, however, CNN is losing their minds.
Bernie Sanders won the Wyoming Democratic caucuses Saturday, providing his campaign with one more jolt of momentum before the race against Hillary Clinton heads east.
Even so, he made no gains in Clinton’s delegate lead, as each earned seven delegates as a result.The Vermont senator was favored going into the caucuses. Wyoming is similar to other places he’s won with big margins: rural, Western and overwhelmingly white. The victory is Sanders’ eighth win out of the last nine contests — including a contest that counted the votes of Democrats living abroad.
“This is exactly the type of contest he needed to shut us out in,” the aide said. “Not only did he not do that, he only netted two delegates, if that.”With 55% of remaining delegates in New York, Pennsylvania and California, one senior aide said “by the time we get to California, we will only need to meet threshold to win. He can win 85% and we’re fine.”Sanders is banking on momentum to keep Clinton from officially clinching the nomination until the convention, when superdelegates will vote.