SID SALTER: The electoral system worked

President-elect Donald Trump served up a lot of controversial comments, gaffes, outrages and unfounded accusations over the course of the 2016 election cycle. But at the end of the day, Trump won the election and won it fairly within the rules of presidential electoral politics.

Pro-Clinton or anti-Trump protesters — take your pick — may adopt the slogan “not my president,” but the electoral process that has guided our country worked exactly as designed and produced margins that don’t engender notions of a successful challenge.

In an election cycle in which Trump and his supporters made loud and frequent accusations that the election was “rigged” or otherwise structured against his candidacy prior to Nov. 8, the actual result was a near electoral vote landslide in his favor — but a clear Trump loss in the popular vote.

Clarion Ledger