President Trump defended the Electoral College Tuesday after some 2020 Democratic contenders, such as Beto O’Rourke and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) suggested its removal.
Trump’s remarks: “The brilliance of the Electoral College is that you must go to many States to win. With the Popular Vote, you go to… just the large States – the Cities would end up running the Country.” He also addressed his past comments regarding the Electoral College, who he described as “a disaster for a democracy” in 2012. “I used to like the idea of the Popular Vote, but now realize the Electoral College is far better for the U.S.A.” he wrote.
Warren: “My view is that every vote matters. And the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting and that means get rid of the Electoral College — and every vote counts.”
O’Rourke: I think there’s a lot to that. Because you had an election in 2016 where the loser got 3 million more votes than the victor. It puts some states out of play altogether, they don’t feel like their votes really count.”