Sunday, December 18, 2016
There’s a nice chart in today’s New York Times, part of which I’m taking the liberty to reproduce here; it shows were Donald Trump stands in the ranks of elected presidents with respect to their share of the popular vote. Only one president was selected by the electoral college with a greater deficit, Rutherford B. Hayes. Aficionados of US history will recall that Hayes triumphed as a result of the Hayes-Tilden deal which ended Reconstruction, an event many regard as the greatest scandal in our nation’s political record. Hayes, then Trump.
Note that Adams was selected by Congress; the rest were annointed by the electoral college.