The tens of thousands of nonviolent protesters taking to the streets against Donald Trump are exercising their constitutional rights. But they are wrong to declare that Trump is not their president: He won legitimately and, support him or not, he will be president of all Americans.
That's not sufficient for his chief cheerleaders. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, Trump's designated White House chief of staff, asserted that the president-elect won a "historic landslide" and Kellyanne Conway, his campaign manager, claimed he won a "mandate" from the voters.
Trump did win the Electoral College, making his elevation to the presidency beyond dispute.
That's it. David Wasserman, analyst at the Cook Political Report, estimates Hillary Clinton will win the popular vote by more than 2 million, four times the margin achieved in 2000 by Al Gore, who also lost the Electoral College.
In the history of U.S. presidential elections, no president-elect has ever lost the popular vote by as much as Trump. This is not the stuff of a mandate.