Nevertheless, Mr. Trump (whom I did not support) got an electoral majority in his own right. Mrs.Merkel did not.
I think you're comparing apples to onions.
Germany is, like several other western democracies, a parliamentary republic. The government is constituted of lawmakers from several political parties, all elected directly by the people.
While the Chancellor represents the party with the largest representation in the bundestag, she/he can only govern by making interest-based alliances with other parties.
The UK's system is very similar.
France, on the other hand, elects a President through a two-turn election which then forces the electorate to give an absolute majority to one of 2 candidates who fared best in a preliminary turn.
The US electoral technically resembles the German system in which several parties can present a candidate in the Presidential race and the absolute majority is not needed to win but, in reality, only 2 major parties ever seem to gather any momentum in the race anyway and you end up with a 2 horse race a bit like the French system (but without the absolute majority requirement).
But you know all this, and then some.
There is no major flaw in any of these systems. In fact, technically, a candidate could be elected President in the US with 36% of votes if it had a larger diversity of relevant political parties.
The major difference between the US system and most other western democracies is that in most democracies, 1 citizen = 1 vote. Not so in the US as the EC effectively acts as a filter and gives a louder voice to some citizens at the expense of some others. It is in fact based on the assumption that some people's vote should count less that others for whatever reason. I would say that a citizen should have the right to ask why his voice is any less important than that of another citizen somewhere else... And that's not even mentioning the 'winner-take-all' mechanism in most states.
Ironically, the EC was created in the days when it was feared the ill-educated and weak-minded majority of citizens could potentially vote for a dangerous populist with autocratic tendencies. It was meant to weed out potentially inadequate candidates. I think its creators would be pretty upset if they saw what happened last year. In fact, they'd probably be the ones demanding it would be debated and revisited.
The EC has failed to translate the popular vote into a President 4 times now, and twice in the last 20 years. I believe that is enough to question whether it is functioning as intended.
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I'll do my own airline. With Blackjack. And hookers. In fact, forget the airline.