Electoral College cements Trump presidency
More than a month after Mr. Trump's presidential win in the general election, the Electoral College has elected him to be the next president of the United States.
Seven "faithless" electors cast their votes for candidates other than the ones their state voted for. CBS News reported Clinton lost five votes, and Trump two.
CNN says the faithless electoral votes would prove to be historic, becoming the first presidential election since 1872 with more than one faithless elector.
Since Trump's general election win, Democrats have been calling on members of the Electoral College to become faithless electors by casting their votes in favor of Clinton, not Trump. A Change.org petition asking electors to do just that earned 4,917,974 supporters.
Despite the hype, and the fact that Mr. Trump lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million ballots, he easily earned the Electoral College votes needed to secure his position as the 45th president of the United States of America.
After the votes were tallied, CNN says Trump released a statement saying, "This election represents a movement that millions of hard working men and women all across the country stood behind and made possible. With this historic step we can look forward to the bright future ahead. I will work hard to unite our country and be the president of all Americans. Together, we will make America great again."
The next move is for a joint session of Congress to approve the vote on January 6, 2017.
Even though the win is officially behind him, USA Today reports the president-elect took to Twitter to fire back at pundits and critics who highlighted his popular vote loss, tweeting, "Campaigning to win the Electoral College is much more difficult & sophisticated than the popular vote."
It was the beginning of a Twitter storm where Trump went on to say, "Hillary focused on the wrong states!" The president-elect also added, "I would have done even better in the election, if that is possible, if the winner was based on popular vote — but would campaign differently."
With hindsight aside, Trump is now set to be the president thanks to this Electoral College win, which, despite long-shot calls to action from Democrats, was predicted after the general election in November, when Trump had a tallied 306 electoral votes.
Electors are chosen independently by each state to vote for the candidate their state has voted for in the general election. Some states allow the electors to switch their vote; others penalize electors for straying from the state's popular vote decision.
To swing the presidency, 37 of Trump's pledged electoral votes would have had to go to Hillary Clinton.