Popular vote talk is one of the more infuriating aspects of our political discourse, mainly because it doesn’t matter. Yet liberals, still reeling from their Election Day defeat, continue to run around crying about how Donald Trump “lost” the popular vote.
Really? How can you “lose” something that you never campaigned for? Donald Trump never campaigned for the popular vote because it has no bearing on anything. If the popular vote mattered, Trump would have campaigned in states like California, New York, and Illinois, states where tons and tons of people live. If he had campaigned there, Hillary might have lost the popular vote as well.
Popular vote talk made its way into the sports discourse on Thursday night in a less-infuriating and much more humorous way. Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers has had himself an incredible season so far. Yet, despite finishing third in fan voting in the Eastern Conference, Embiid got snubbed and ultimately not made a part of the Eastern Conference All-Star team.
Which prompted Embiid to tweet this:
Once again the popular vote didn’t matter……
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) January 27, 2017
The snubbing of Embiid is pretty strong. According to The Big Lead, “(Embiid) is averaging 19.8 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.5 blocks in just 25.3 minutes per game. His PER of 24.05 ranks sixth in the Eastern Conference. Embiid has rapidly developed into one of the best all-around centers in the NBA. He should be an All-Star, there is zero question about it.”
Of course, Hillary was no all-star prior to her Election Day snub. She ran one of the worst campaigns in modern history and will go down as one of the least-likeable politicians in American history.
Still, credit should go to Embiid here. Unlike the left, he appears able to lose and still laugh.
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