There are other instances where the Electoral College didn't correspond with the popular vote.
Duh! It was never going to be about the popular vote.
Which part of that are you not getting?
Instead, I'll restate it for you. The irony of your "united" comment, in regard to your singling out of the state of California, escapes you.
Nope. California (the state) is where Clinton scored very well in the popular vote stakes. Singling it out is what you're trying to avoid, because without Cali, Clinton didn't win the popular vote, at all.