Former Trump challenger wants to remove constitutional safeguard
Twice failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called to “abolish the Electoral College.”
The former Trump challenger made the comments after casting a vote for Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA).
Electors across the United States met to cast their votes for the next President, formalizing the results of their respective states.
Clinton posted a picture celebrating after she cast her vote for Biden and Harris.
But she also used the opportunity to call for the abolishment of the Electoral College.
“I believe we should abolish the Electoral College and elect our president by the winner of the popular vote, same as every other office,” Clinton said.
“But while it still exists, I was proud to cast my vote in New York for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris,” she said.
I believe we should abolish the Electoral College and select our president by the winner of the popular vote, same as every other office.
But while it still exists, I was proud to cast my vote in New York for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. pic.twitter.com/th9qebu9ka
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 14, 2020
Other high-profile political figures who have called for the abolishment of the Electoral College include Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Joe Biden.
The Founding Fathers set up the Electoral College system to safeguard against mob rule, preventing densely populated areas – particularly on the coasts – from determining the results of presidential elections.
The Electoral College gives communities in less populous states a fair, proportional voice in determining the direction of the country.
Other Democrats like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) have supported the removal of the Electoral College.
Earlier this year, Anti-Trump Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff also called for the Electoral College to be abolished.
Schiff, head of the House Intelligence Committee, told HBO host Bill Maher that the U.S. Constitution “needs fundamental change.”
Schiff said that he supports a rewrite of the U.S. Constitution and amendments that would abolish the Electoral College.
Last year, the New York lawmaker mocked the Electoral College and Middle America’s voice on social media
“Many votes here, as you can see. Very efficient way to choose leadership of the country. I mean, I can’t think of any other way. Can you?” she asked:
— Public Citizen (@Public_Citizen) August 20, 2019