Thursday, January 19, 2017

President-elect Trump's Popularity

Is Trump the most unpopular President-elect? History would like to check your answer.

Abraham Lincoln (Republican) was elected with 39.8% of the popular vote in 1860.

Following that, seven states seceded from the country between election day and inauguration day. South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, and Virginia were all gone before March 4, 1861. A fairly strong statement about their feelings about the incoming administration, eh?

Unless I've missed it, none of the States have decided to object to the current President-elect by seceding from the Union and taking up arms.

History gives the nod to the Great Emancipator as the most unpopular President-elect by a landslide.

Tomorrow begins a new chapter in the American Story. I am choosing to greet it with hope.

1 comment:

Borepatch said...

Actually, Virginia voted NOT to leave the Union in early March, 1861. They only changed their minds after Lincoln raised 75,000 troops to take military action against the seceded States. Their view in March was that it was a bad idea for the other States to leave but it was their right even if Virginia didn't wish to join them.

This was covered well by Union Gen. and later President of the American Historical Association Charles Francis Adams in his essay "Shall Cromwell Have His Statue?" in the late 19th century.

But this does not remotely change your point. I guess that pedantic blogger is pedantic ... ;-)