Trump wins and California remains the great exception

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California remained the great exception. As we finish The Take, national media declared that Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States. Clearly, Rust Belt and Southern states turned to Trump. Not us. Trump was receiving smaller percentage of votes in California than either Mitt Romney in 2012 or John McCain in 2008, and far less than George W. Bush in 2004.

California’s 53-member congressional delegation appears to be stable, with 34 Democrats and 14 Republicans. And while the Republicans apparently maintained control of the U.S. Senate, California will send Attorney General Kamala Harris, a Democrat, to Washington.

Although the initiative to abolish the death penalty failed, California legalized marijuana, regulated bullets, raised cigarette taxes and extended an income tax on wealthy people. In short, California turned left, while the nation embraced Trump.

In another notable exception, no major pollster could with a straight face says he or she predicted that the election would be so close or that Donald Trump would win, with the notable exception of the USC/L.A. Times Daybreak tracking poll.

The USC poll was the outlier, and often derided. And yet the poll detected something no one else did, as The L.A. Times’ David Lauter wrote. Dan Schnur, who oversees the polls, had an interesting take on the poll in this most wild of campaigns.

Take a number: 19 years

Reuters reports that the Mexican peso weakened by more than 13 percent in Tuesday after-market trading for Mexico and in Wednesday trading in Asia, breaking past 20 pesos per dollar – its biggest intraday fall in at least 19 years. “There’s a lot of panic in the market, it is definitely an outcome it was not expecting,” said Juan Carlos Alderete, a strategist at Banorte-IXE.

Our take

Editorial: World markets tanked as American voters elected Donald Trump as the nation’s 45th president over the far more experienced insider, Hillary Clinton, showing themselves to be even more divided than any serious pundit could have imagined.

Shawn Hubler: A mother’s daughter despairs, as history waits her turn. We are not the nation we imagined. We are not, at least for the moment, the people we thought we knew. But those who respect history also know that it’s incremental. Real change rarely presents as some exciting, climactic third act.

Editorial: L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer’s decision to charge former Playmate Dani Mathers with invasion of privacy sends a message that body shaming is not OK. It’s not harmless teasing, and efforts to curb the behavior isn’t about political correctness. In reality, body shaming and fat shaming can cause victims lasting psychological damage and can lead to anorexia and bulimia.

Karin Klein offers a practical way of thinking about college choices.: Instead of asking is this college “me,” the better question might be: What better “me” might I become at this place? The new obsession for college applications.

Steven J. Davis wonders why we don’t consider the carbon implications of our import economy, and suggests that this should be California’s next step on climate change.

Their take

San Francisco Chronicle: A stunningly close finish.

Charlotte Observer: A close election and a divided America.

The Miami Herald: The moment has passed. But here were the paper’s final words on the presidential race.

Orlando Sentinel: There was no shortage of surprises in this year’s historic election in Florida.

Boston Globe: High anxiety on election night.

Syndicates’ take

Frank Bruni: The emotion of a historic vote.

Thomas L. Friedman: We’re near the breaking point.

Ruben Navarrette: Latinos were the breakout stars of Election 2016.

Dana Milbank: This time, Donald Trump’s message is clearly anti-Semitic.

David Brooks: Let’s not do this again.

Take a knee

Taking a knee during the national anthem is one thing. Taking a knee during the most important presidential election in a generation is quite another. Yet San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stupidly chose to do just that, saying he didn’t plan to vote, according to The Bee’s Matt Barrows.

It’s a mind-boggling move. A Donald Trump presidency would almost certainly mean more protections for law enforcement and none of the criminal justice reforms Kaepernick says he wants. That’s not the way to be a role model, Kap. – Erika D. Smith, @Erika_D_Smith


“Yes, that (Latino voter) surge will give you a brave new world. I hope you’re ready for it.” George Alger, Placerville

And finally,

Mariel Garza, formerly of my shop and now an editorial writer at some Southern California rag, may be the most passionate advocate for banning plastic bags I have ever met. When I saw that she admitted in print that she almost voted wrong Proposition 65 (a “no” vote meant you hate plastic bags), I happily tweeted it, which prompted Rob Stutzman to reply via Twitter: “And Prop. 60 mandates them. So confusing.”