Though Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton edged him out in the popular vote by a percentage point, Trump won with at least 279 electoral votes. (This marks the fifth such time this circumstance has occurred in a presidential election.) The Electoral College was established as a way of trying to avoid potential corruption by voters, but it’s been widely criticized by state leaders, citizens, electors themselves, and even Donald Trump:
The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012
It’s not the first time Trump’s Twitter timeline has come back to haunt him, by any means: The New York Times published a complete catalog of his hurled insults from throughout the campaign, a 2013 tweet calling Vladimir Putin a “new best friend” went viral in October, and many pointed to a 2012 tweet after Trump denied claiming the Chinese invented climate change in a debate.
Stay tuned to see if he does anything about the institution before 2020.