Trump defends Electoral College

Trump defends Electoral College

President Trump joined the debate about the Electoral College on Tuesday. In the past few days, Democrats including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Beto O’Rourke and Pete Buttigieg have called for ending the state-based system. Trump hailed the Electoral College referring to it as a marathon where one ’must go to many States to win’ unlike the ’Popular Vote’ system where one goes to just the large States.

Timothy
Timothy
Radical Moderate
Radical Moderate 1 year

I really don't think the entire system should be turned on it's head because things didn't go your way for a bit...

Article V FTW
Article V FTW 1 year

The US is not and was never meant to be a pure democracy. Pure democracy is a mob rule system that throughout history has always failed. We are and have always been a republic. If we based the presidential election on popular vote in any way then the masses that congregate in LA, NY, San Francisco and DC would be able to dictate their will to the rest of the nation. No politician would ever care about what the rest of the country is concerned about.

QuestionableEthics
QuestionableEthics 1 year

“People who don’t care for equal representation explain why equal representation is problematic”.

Cory Pritchard
Cory Pritchard 1 year

I am a progressive living in Texas, I don't believe the electoral college should be abolished. it shoukd be a concern that several elections have gone to those who were not democratically elected though. Perhaps distributing electoral votes based on popular votes within the state instead of winner take all. That way the electoral college is democratic, but politicians can't focus on just a handful of states.

Asura Bomb
Asura Bomb 1 year

They just want it gone because it failed them. Basically they're sore losers.

Zak Thompson
Zak Thompson 1 year

Honestly, I think abolition of the Electoral College could start another civil war. It's almost like going to autocracy, it would be a huge change in the way elections would turn out, the democrats would win every single time. Eventually that would piss off millions of people, and we could see nationwide riots after a few straight democratic presidents start ruining our country. We could even see the succession of rural states. Just my speculation.

Ryan
Ryan 1 year

How would the popular vote work? Would it just be the person that gets the most votes? What happens when there are 4 people running for president? Candidate A gets 40% of the vote. Candidates B, C, D each get 20%. Does Candidate A become president with only 40% of the vote while the majority of the country (60%) didn't want that person? Wouldn't this make the problem worse? While I am all ears when discussing changing our voting system so voters are able to select the candidates that best represent them(rather than have to choose between the lesser of two evils) I feel like this recent call for eliminating the Electoral College is just an emotional reaction to the 2016 election. When changing our voting system so drastically, the decision should be made with a clear mind and sound reason, not clouded by emotional distress.

Rational ific
Rational ific 1 year

These people are purportedly against "election meddling, yet they are trying to change the Constitution so that they will have an easier time of winning. They are on the verge of taking away state sovereignty, making it so that California and New York control the union. Don't kid yourself that it ends there, either, as the Senate will be the next institution in their sights. They will not be content until illegal immigrants allowed to legally vote in California are able to totally cancel out the will of entire states like Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and even Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Then, they will finally have their one-party state that they crave, where they can rule over the unsophisticated plebs inhabiting the majority of states in the nation. Watch the EU try the same thing in 100 years or less if Europe gets more consolidated, and then when Slovenia becomes a simple province answerable to the authorities in Brussel and ruled by Germans (= Syrians and Turks at that time n the future), they might wonder why they joined a promising union at all, thinking that their vote would count as much as Germany's, just to have the rules changed on them when Germany desires more power for itself. After all, "Germany has more people, so it's only fair".

Mark Malave
Mark Malave 1 year

We have too many soft losers in our country. The EC and constitution have resulted in the richest most powerful nation in the world. What bar are these idiots that want to tear down our system using to measure? I’ll keep the EC and our prosperity, thank you next.

marcus aurelius
marcus aurelius 1 year

I cannot believe that we live in an age where a sitting P.O.T.U.S has to actually come out and defend the existence of the E.C system. It was put in place for a reason and I in turn cannot believe there are actual politicians arguing for the dismantling of said safe guard system.

Marc Jones
Marc Jones 1 year

I would like to see the Electoral College applied at the state level.

Nathan  Hough
Nathan Hough 1 year

anyone who is agents the elector college should be removed from office

SRC t
SRC t 1 year

Trump is right why change the system for a bunch of LOSERS!

Lorenzo Torres
Lorenzo Torres 1 year

of course the Lunatic left is in favor of mob rule. seems to be time for a second civil war to rid society of these leftist scum bags.

Krešimir Turkalj
Krešimir Turkalj 1 year

Thing is, CGP Grey YT channel already showed Electoral College doesn't work. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wC42HgLA4k

George Ashworth
George Ashworth 1 year

I remember Tony Blair wanted to get rid of First-Past-The-Post in the UK, but once he got elected, he gave up on those plans.

Seth Racc
Seth Racc 1 year

Without it elections would just be pure mob chaos

Tim Smock
Tim Smock 1 year

All our elected representatives swore to uphold and protect the Constitution of the United States. It's a member states vote for the president not individual votes. Individuals vote for their representatives. Any Congress person calling for the abolishment or circumventing the electoral college should be recalled for violating their oath.

Edward Williams
Edward Williams 1 year

I mean, he's not wrong.

KingOfBeds
KingOfBeds 1 year

at the very least get rid of first-past-the-post.

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