WATCH: Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams: ‘The Electoral College Is Racist’
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Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams on the Electoral College:
“The Electoral College is racist and classist. We have to remember the Electoral College was not designed because people were worried about Idaho not having enough votes. We didn’t know about Idaho. What we did know was that in the south, the populations in the south had equal or roughly equal populations to the north. However, because black people were not considered human or citizens, they wanted their bodies to count for the purposes of the population count but not their humanity.”
“It’s racism and classism. Both of those things should be flung to the far reaches of history and the Electoral College needs to go.”
From Free Beacon:
Abrams is one of a growing number of prominent Democrats who have called for the Electoral College’s abolition following President Donald Trump’s victory in spite of a popular-vote loss to Hillary Clinton. Trump’s win marked only the fifth time the presidential victor did not win a plurality of the popular vote.
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Clinton called for the end of the Electoral College in 2017, saying it was time to “respect the will of the people.” Presidential candidates like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) and South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg (D.) have also called for it to be eliminated. Such a maneuver would require the heavy lift of a constitutional amendment, making such a change unlikely any time soon, if ever.