We live in a republic, not a democracy. That is the way our founding fathers wanted it and that is what is laid out in our constitution. There are many examples of where this is true.
- The Constitution requires a two-thirds vote of the Senate to ratify treaties
- A president can’t be elected without a majority of the Electoral College
- Constitutional amendments can be ratified only after three-quarter of the states agree
- Four times we have elected a president who lost the popular vote (the last time being in 2000)
Trump forces are also ignoring the fact they often benefit from primary rules that could be mischaracterized as “disenfranching” voters. Take South Carolina, where Trump won only 32 percent of the vote but, because he won each of the state’s congressional districts in a divided field, he won all 50 delegates. Two-thirds of the voters cast ballots for candidates who won zero delegates, which by Trumpian logic means they that they were “disenfranchised.”
The Republican party has held 39 national conventions since its first in 1856. At each and every one, a majority of delegates was needed for someone to get the nomination. Abraham Lincoln won on the third ballot in 1860, even though rival William Seward captured a plurality, 41.5 percent, of the delegates on the first ballot. The reason only trivia geeks remember John Sherman, Leonard Wood, or Frank Lowden is that while those men entered their GOP conventions with a clear plurality of delegates, they fell short of a majority, and lost to another candidate on a later ballot.