Learning nothing from the drubbing Donald Trump Jr. received Monday on Twitter after asking former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for President again in 2020, Donald Trump Sr. decided to do the same on Tuesday.
Based on a report by conservative media outlet Rasmussen Reports showing Trump Sr. and the candidate that won the popular vote in 2016, Hillary Clinton, in a dead heat for 2020, President Donald Trump tweeted:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Shared a Trump Tweet From 2012 to Expose Trump's Hypocrisy on the Electoral College
Congresswoman and clapback expert Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) made short work of President Donald Trump after his campaign criticized "crazy AOC" in a text to supporters, threatening that the freshman congresswoman wants to abolish the Electoral College.
There's just one problem with the Trump campaign's assertion: Trump himself referred to the Electoral College as a "disaster for democracy" in a 2012 tweet. Ocasio-Cortez quickly retweeted it, writing, "I'm so glad the President and I agree that the Electoral College has got to go."
After the 2016 presidential election, questions about a person losing the popular vote by millions of votes but winning the presidency again came to the forefront. Five times the winner of the most votes in the presidential election lost the presidency due to the electoral college: 1824 - John Quincy Adams, 1876 - Rutherford Hayes, 1888 - Benjamin Harrison, 2000 - George W. Bush and 2016 - Donald Trump.
Only Hayes lost by a wider percentage than President Trump. But the electoral college is part of the United States Constitution and would require an amendment to abolish.
Former Republican Governor Thinks White People Are the Real Victims If We Do Away With the Electoral College
During his tenure as the Governor of Maine, Tea Party Republican Paul LePage made national news several times for his casually racist comments—he once referred to "people of color or people of Hispanic origin" as "the enemy right now." And he has slowed down none since leaving office.
Now living in Florida, LePage frequently calls in or guests on conservative radio and TV programs like the Ingraham Angle.
Despite efforts to pressure electoral college members to switch their votes to honor the popular vote count, electors chose to seat Donald Trump, a result Congress will ratify next month. While efforts were fervent, they were always unlikely to persuade enough electors to switch their votes. In fact, there has never been a revolt by the College in its entire history.
The New York Times issued a widely circulated op-ed yesterday favoring an end to the electoral college. Although Trump, it wrote, “won under the rules… the rules should change so that a presidential election reflects the will of Americans and promotes a more participatory democracy.” The electoral college, it wrote, “is more than just a vestige of the founding era; it is a living symbol of America’s original sin.” Through the infamous three-fifths compromise, slaves counted towards the electoral college votes of each state, but they were not allowed to vote. Thus, while a direct popular vote would have placed the Southern states at a disadvantage, the electoral college advantaged them. In large part because of this, seven out of eight of the first U.S. Presidents hailed from a Southern slave-holding state, Virginia, which commanded a massive number of electoral votes.
President-elect Donald Trump made an outrageous and, experts agree, wholly false claim on Twitter yesterday evening that "millions of votes were cast illegally, ironically casting doubt upon the legitimacy of the election he supposedly won.
Election law experts were quick to reject Trump's claim. "There's no reason to believe this is true," said Rick Hasen, a professor of election law at University of California, Irvine. "The level of fraud in US elections is quite low." In fact, Hasen noted, the number of non-citizens who vote is "quite small--like we're talking claims in the dozens, we're not talking voting in the millions, or thousands, or even the hundreds."