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Hillary Clinton Actually Won The Popular Vote

This doesn’t change the result but really matters going forward

Hillary Clinton lost the election. But she actually won it. Bear with us.


As if the election results weren’t already unbearable enough for half the country, now the news is official: Clinton won the popular vote over Donald Trump. The most up-to-date information estimates that Clinton will end up winning the popular vote by about 1.3 percent, making Trump only the fourth presidential candidate in American history to lose the popular vote but still end up in the White House.

All this stings even more when you realize it was 16-years-ago, just two days after the 2000 election, when Hillary Clinton formally called for an end to the Electoral College. But after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, any momentum for drastically changing the nature of our presidential elections was put squarely onto the backburner.

You’re probably old enough to remember this happened back in 2000, when Al Gore won the popular vote by 500,000 votes but after the Supreme Court turned Florida over to George W. Bush’s campaign, the election was turned on its head.

Other than that, we have to go way back to 1888 when William Henry Harrison lost the vote but won the election. And just 12 years before that, Rutherford B. Hayes actually lost the vote by 3 points but still squeaked into the Oval Office.

So, is there any silver lining here for Clinton supporters and/or Trump opponents? Yes. The historic trend of voters moving away from the sort of political platform Trump espoused continued unabated. It’s cold comfort in the aftermath of his victory but the overall math continues to favor the policies put forth by Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party.

Getting rid of the Electoral College is one possible path to getting there. But another, more practical path might be convincing the rest of the country to follow California’s lead and setting up independent commissions to draw non-partisan, statistic based congressional district lines across all 50 states.

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After three years on the sidelines, Colin Kapernick will be working out for multiple NFL teams on Saturday, November 16 at the Atlanta Falcons facility.

The former 49er quarterback who inflamed the culture wars by peacefully protesting against social injustice during the national anthem made the announcement on Twitter Tuesday.

Kaepernick is scheduled for a 15-minute on-field workout and an interview that will be recorded and sent to all 32 teams. The Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys, and Detroit Lions are expected to have representatives in attendance.

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"We like our quarterback situation right now," Miami head coach, Brian Flores said. "We're going to do our due diligence."

NFL Insider Steve Wyche believes that the workout is the NFL's response to multiple teams inquiring about the 32-year-old quarterback. A league-wide workout would help to mitigate any potential political backlash that any one team may face for making an overture to the controversial figure.

Kapernick is an unrestricted free agent (UFA) so any team could have reached out to him. But it's believed that the interested teams are considering him for next season.

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Earlier this year, Kaepernick and Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid reached a financial settlement with the league in a joint collusion complaint. The players alleged that the league conspired to keep them out after they began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016.

Before the 2019 season, Kaepernick posted a video of himself working out on twitter to show he was in great physical condition and ready to play.

Kaepnick took the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2012 and the NFC Championship game in 2013.

He has the 23rd-highest career passer rating in NFL history, the second-best interception rate, and the ninth-most rushing yards per game of any quarterback ever. In 2016, his career to a sharp dive and he won only of 11 games as a starter.

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