It goes without saying that a lot of people are upset over the election of Donald Trump. A man who has mocked disabled people, called for a registry of Muslim Americans, and joked about sexually assaulting women will become the Commander-in-Chief of the United States and the leader of the free world.

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His portrait will hang in the halls of the White House alongside portraits of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. He will be a historical figure. What Trump’s administration actually creates or destroys in the next four years is yet to be seen, but this much is guaranteed.

What seems to be upsetting so many on the left, even more than Trump himself, is the fact that so many people voted for him. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by nearly three million votes, and this figure has become a battle cry of the progressive left in its efforts to undermine Trump’s mandate. But there’s another number we should be careful not to forget: 63 million. That’s the number of people who voted for Trump.

Say what you will about the Electoral College, or Russian cyber attacks, or the tide of fake news on social media—63 million is significant. It’s more than just a hack-induced fluke. Something powerful has affected huge numbers of people on a massive scale, and while much of the debate has focused on explaining this phenomenon, none of the explanations have really done it justice. Racism—probably the most popular theory—is definitely a problem in our country. It describes a lot of people, and a lot of those people voted for Trump. But racism is not a demographic. It’s not something we can use to accurately characterize or explain the actions of millions of people.

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