Email #20, Subject: No mandate

According to NBC and the Wall Street Journal, only 45% of Americans are optimistic or hopeful about Trump taking office. That’s a lot lower than the 66% who felt that way when Obama took office eight years ago. Usually a President-elect rides in on a popular wave, but Trump lost the popular vote by 2%.  Even George W. Bush, who lost the popular vote by .5% and needed the Supreme Court to stop the Florida recount in order to win in the Electoral College, took office with 59% of Americans feeling at least hopeful about his Presidency. The lack of confidence in Trump is “unpresidented.” I hope you, as a Republican leader, will proceed carefully. While the claim that the GOP has a voter mandate is common PR rhetoric, do not fall victim to it yourself. The majority of Americans are not behind you. If you push through a rightwing agenda, you will further ignite the opposition that will set back even your most moderate goals. But if you seek true bipartisanism, you will dampen opposition and gain much more yourself. Please choose wisely.

Chris Gavaler

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Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee University where he teaches creative writing, contemporary fiction, and comics. He has published two novels, Pretend I'm Not Here (HarperCollins 2002) and School For Tricksters (Southern Methodist University 2011), and two nonfictions, On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa University 2015) and Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury forthcoming 2017).

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