Since 1797, Americans have followed the lead of first president George Washington, accepting the voice of the people as expressed at the ballot box even in disappointment if the candidate of their choice had lost, even in cases of close, even contested elections.

It is a uniquely American tradition that once the votes are tallied, people on both sides accept the results and – even as they may plan the next campaign, acknowledge that in this country, we honor the vote.

That was true after the nearly month-long wait as the courts had to unravel the mess created by faulty voting machines in Florida in the Bush-Gore contest of 2000, but now it is apparently not only acceptable, but popular to protest the new president before he has even been sworn into office.

Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, has a history of being wrong about this election – not simply for his misplaced confidence in the inevitability of Hillary Clinton’s election, but his unqualified prediction that the financial markets would tank if she didn’t.

After being proven wrong on both counts – the markets have soared since Trump’s surprise win with the best week in over five years, closing at a near-record high – Cuban has looked for a different way to express his displeasure with the results of a free and fair, uncontested election.

The billionaire owner – who Clinton positioned in the front row at one of the presidential debates, apparently with the intent to rattle the unflappable Trump – has announced that his professional basketball team will not stay at Trump hotels when they travel on the road during the NBA season.

Well! That’ll show him!

In addition to the Mavs, the Memphis Grizzlies and the Milwaukee Bucks will join the boycott of the President-elect’s elite hotel, the Trump SoHo in New York, that is the favorites of NBA players.

The decision of the Bucks is obvious – co-owner Marc Lasry’s daughter was part of Chicago mayor Democrat Rahm Emanuel’s team, and his son worked for White House behind the scenes power Valerie Jarrett.

Cuban’s animosity may be even more personal as he once not only praised Trump’s run for the presidency, but said he would “consider” running as his vice-president – without being asked. He then called his fellow billionaire, a “jagoff.”

Of course, it’s also possible that Cuban lost more than face when Trump beat Clinton.

Prior to the election, Cuban announced that he had put more than a 100 percent hedge on his investments banking on his prediction that the markets would crash.

 

 

 

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