How was Donald Trump elected?
Donald Trump entered the 2016 presidential race as a Republican and defeated 16 other candidates in the primaries. Commentators described his political positions as populist, protectionist, and nationalist. He was elected in a surprise victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, although he lost the popular vote.
The inauguration marked the formal culmination of the presidential transition of Donald Trump that began when he won the U.S. presidential election on November 8 2016 Trump then became the President-elect. Trump and his running mate, Mike Pence, were formally elected by the Electoral College on December 19, 2016.
How many times has a president won without winning the popular vote?
Five times a candidate has won the popular vote and lost the election. Andrew Jackson in 1824 to John Quincy Adams; Samuel Tilden in 1876 to Rutherford B. Hayes; Grover Cleveland in 1888 to Benjamin Harrison; Al Gore in 2000 to George W. Bush; Hillary Clinton in 2016 to Donald J. Trump.