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Despite chants of 'not my president,' it turns out Trump will be

Protests have broken out around the country following Donald Trump's election day victory. (Sinclair Broadcast Group)

Following Donald Trump’s stunning victory on election night, many Hillary Clinton supporters took to the streets to voice their anger and frustration. In about two dozen cities, protests erupted with many chanting, “Not my President,” referring to Donald Trump.

But it turns out, he will be their president, thanks to the U.S. Constitution.

“The President is chosen not directly by the people but by the electoral college,” said Mike Seidman, a Constitutional Law Professor at Georgetown University School of Law.

Even though Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, Donald Trump won far more than the 270 votes required by the electoral college, a reality that prompted many Democrats to call for the abolishment of the electoral college. But how likely would that be?


“It’s essentially impossible,” Seidman said. “The problem is that would require a constitutional amendment which would require support by among other things support by three quarters of the states.”

In his victory speech, Donald Trump struck a notably different tone from the one we heard throughout the campaign, even calling for unity.


“I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all of Americans,” Trump said in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

Still, Professor Seidman, said his concern is what happens once President-Elect Donald Trump gets to the white house.

“I think the risk that he runs is by responding to a political backlash by using still more power and then things get really dangerous and quite unpredictable,” he said.

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