Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Trump: loser bigly

In our post-truth kakocratic state, it is more worthwhile than ever to repeatedly point to real facts, even if and even though most people shrug them off. Here are some worth pointing to:

Not only did Clinton trounce Trump in the popular vote, that vote represents the bulk of the US economy.
According to the Brookings analysis, the less-than-500 counties that Clinton won nationwide combined to generate 64 percent of America's economic activity in 2015. The more-than-2,600 counties that Trump won combined to generate 36 percent of the country's economic activity last year.
Clinton, in other words, carried nearly two-thirds of the American economy.
This appears to be unprecedented, in the era of modern economic statistics, for a losing presidential candidate. The last candidate to win the popular vote but lose the Electoral College, Democrat Al Gore in 2000, won counties that generated about 54 percent of the country's gross domestic product, the Brookings researchers calculated. That's true even though Gore won more than 100 more counties in 2000 than Clinton did in 2016.
In between those elections, U.S. economic activity has grown increasingly concentrated in large, "superstar" metro areas, such as Silicon Valley and New York.
But it's not the case that the counties Clinton won have grown richer at the expense of the rest of the country -- they represent about the same share of the economy today as they did in 2000. Instead, it appears that, compared to Gore, Clinton was much more successful in winning over the most successful counties in a geographically unbalanced economy.

I doubt this is a sustainable arrangement.

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