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Election Facts to Keep Handy for Thanksgiving Dinner Discussion – #dumptrump

Election Facts to Keep Handy for Thanksgiving Dinner Discussion – The New York Times By KEVIN QUEALY

  1. Hillary Clinton definitely won the popular vote, and that lead is only going to grow.
  2. Turnout in the 2016 election was not low. It is about the same as it was in 2012 and comparable to most 20th-century presidential elections.
  3. Yes, the polls were off, but not in extraordinary ways.
  4. Third-party candidates, like Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, may have cost Mrs. Clinton Michigan, but they almost certainly did not cost her the presidency.
  5. Exit polls are useful, but don’t give them too much credence.

Details at the link above.

Trump flipflops: Climate, Clinton, Carson, Obama, Libel, NYT, & EC #dumptrump

Trump changes his tune on climate change, jailing Clinton – AP

President-elect Donald Trump changed his tune on several topics — among them climate change and prosecuting Hillary Clinton — in statements Tuesday to The New York Times and on Twitter. What he’s said in the past and what he’s saying now:

1. CLIMATE CHANGE

Then: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” — 2012 tweet. “Global warming is an expensive hoax!” — January 2014 tweet.

Now: “I think there is some connectivity. Some, something. It depends on how much.” — On the link between human activity and climate change. “I’m looking at it very closely. I have an open mind to it.” — On whether he will withdraw from climate change accords.

2. PROSECUTING CLINTON

Then: “If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation because there has never been so many lies, so much deception.” — Oct. 9 debate.

Now: “It’s just not something that I feel very strongly about. … I think it would be very, very divisive for the country.” — On pursuing criminal charges against the Clintons.

3. BEN CARSON

Then: Citing anecdotes about violent behavior in Carson’s memoir, Trump compares him to a child molester. “It’s in the book that he’s got a pathological temper. … That’s a big problem because you don’t cure that … as an example: child molesting. You don’t cure these people.” — Nov. 12, 2015, CNN interview.

Now: “I am seriously considering Dr. Ben Carson as the head of HUD. I’ve gotten to know him well — he’s a greatly talented person who loves people!” — Nov. 22 tweet.

4. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

Then: “He will go down as one of the worst presidents in the history of our country.” — July 27 interview with NBC.

Now: Recalling their Oval Office meeting, “I really liked him a lot.”

5. LIBEL LAWS

Then: “We ought to open up the libel laws, and I’m going to do that.” — Feb. 27 interview on Fox News.

Now: Says someone told him, “You know, you might be sued a lot more.” ”I said, ‘You know, I hadn’t thought of that.'”

6. THE NEW YORK TIMES

Then: “No paper is more corrupt than the failing New York Times. The good news is it is failing, it won’t be around too much longer. But they are really, really bad people.” — Oct. 14 rally.

Now: “I have great respect for the New York Times. I have tremendous respect.” But he adds: “I think I’ve been treated very rough.”

Trump flipflops on Climate Change and Clinton in one interview. Feeling betrayed, Trumpsters? #dumptrump

Trump softens position on climate change, Clinton investigation

By Roberta Rampton | NEW YORK

NEW YORK U.S. President-elect Donald Trump softened his stance on Tuesday on whether humans have played a role in causing climate change, according to New York Times reporters who attended an interview with the Republican.

Trump has previously described global warming as a hoax and earlier this month one of his aides told Reuters that the New York businessman was seeking quick ways to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris accord to combat climate change.

On Tuesday, Trump told the Times he thinks there is “some connectivity” between human activity and climate change, reporter Mike Grynbaum tweeted. …

Asked whether the United States will withdraw from climate change accords, Trump said: “I’m looking at it very closely. I have an open mind to it,” the reporter tweeted. …

[Trump] said he did not want to “hurt the Clintons” and wants to move on. “I’m not looking to go back and go through this,” Trump said, according to a Times reporter.

“I think it would be very very divisive for the country,” he was quoted as saying, referring to prosecuting Hillary Clinton or her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

Trump the kleptocrat #dumptrump

Welcome to the Trump kleptocracy By Paul Waldman / The Washington Post

it’s looking more and more likely that being president is going to be very lucrative for Trump. By the time it’s over, he may even be worth as much as he has always claimed to be.

The words “conflict of interest” don’t begin to describe what the Trump administration is shaping up to look like

I promise you this: Donald Trump is never going to make his tax returns public. Never.

So we’re going to have to rely on the Trump family’s strong ethical code to reassure ourselves that nothing problematic will go on when it comes to the entwining of Trump’s business interests and U.S. government policy. The problem is that absolutely nothing we have learned about Trump suggests that he will operate in a remotely ethical way when it comes to opportunities to enrich himself once he becomes president.

what’s different and probably unprecedented is the way Trump will increase his fortune by hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars while he’s president.

Trump is a fake president #dumptrump

Automated Pro-Trump Bots Overwhelmed Pro-Clinton Messages, Researchers Say The New York Times By JOHN MARKOFF

An automated army of pro-Donald J. Trump chatbots overwhelmed similar programs supporting Hillary Clinton five to one in the days leading up to the presidential election, according to a report published Thursday by researchers at Oxford University.

The chatbots — basic software programs with a bit of artificial intelligence and rudimentary communication skills — would send messages on Twitter based on a topic, usually defined on the social network by a word preceded by a hashtag symbol, like #Clinton.

Their purpose: to rant, confuse people on facts, or simply muddy discussions, said Philip N. Howard, a sociologist at the Oxford Internet Institute and one of the authors of the report.

Facebook fake-news writer: ‘I think Donald Trump is in the White House because of me’ The Washington Post Caitlin Dewey

Horner has found the fake-news ecosystem growing more crowded, more political and vastly more influential: In March, Donald Trump’s son Eric and his then-campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, even tweeted links to one of Horner’s faux-articles. His stories have also appeared as news on Google.

Trump was against the Electoral College until it gave him the presidency with only 47% of vote. #dumptrump

Trump calls Electoral College ‘genius’ after earlier criticism by Jessie Hellmann

President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday morning defended the Electoral College as “genius,” days after criticizing it. …

Trump on Sunday told “60 Minutes” that he still has issues with the Electoral College.

“I’m not going to change my mind just because I won,” the president-elect said. “But I would rather see it where you went with simple votes. You know, you get 100 million votes and somebody else gets 90 million votes and you win.”

Trump infamously called the Electoral College a “disaster for democracy” during the night of the 2012 election, when it appeared President Obama would lose the popular vote but still win the presidency. Obama ended up winning the popular vote as well when all votes were tallied.

Clinton’s lead in the popular vote passes 1 million

By Madeline Conway

11/15/16 03:31 PM EST

Hillary Clinton’s lead in the popular vote over President-elect Donald Trump has surpassed 1 million, according to Dave Wasserman of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.

As the final vote counts continue to trickle in a week after Election Day, Wasserman’s tally found that Clinton had 61,963,234 votes to Trump’s 60,961,185 as of Tuesday afternoon.