The American Tradition of Orderly Political Transition



In the early morning hours of Wednesday, November 9, Donald J. Trump crossed the necessary threshold of 270 electoral votes and became the President-elect of the United States of America.  At noon on Friday, 20 January 2017, Mr. Trump will take the oath administered by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on the west portico of the U.S. Capitol and become the nation’s 45th president. While the election results were perhaps a shock or surprise to many, all should expect an orderly transition from the Obama administration to the Trump administration.  The good news is that the United States has a long tradition of orderly and peaceful transitions of power.  This will be the 44th such transition over the last 220 years, starting with the handover from George Washington to John Adams in 1797.  More often than not the transitions were between administrations of differing political parties and ideologies, but all except the transition of 1861 were conducted in an orderly and mostly civil manner.  We should not expect the current transition to be otherwise.

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