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MSNBC’s Katy Tur: ‘Is Gerrymandering Something That Would Help’ Keep GOP Out Of Senate?

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NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES - 2017/11/02: Katy Tur, NBC correspondent and author of "Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History" at Barnes & Noble on the Upper West Side of New York.
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On Friday, MSNBC host Katy Tur appeared to believe that the Republicans controlled the U.S. Senate because of gerrymandering, or the lack thereof, even though gerrymandering has nothing to do with how Senators are elected.

“In case you missed it, majority doesn’t always rule in this country,” Tur Said. “Forty-eight senators voted to remove the President from office. Fifty-two voted to acquit. But the 48 actually represent 12 million more voters than the senators who decided to keep Donald Trump in the White House.”

“We’re not arguing that a simple majority of the population should decide whether to remove an impeached president from office,” Tur continued. “That is not in the Constitution. But it does serve to highlight a broad trend in our politics, the outsized influence of rural voters over those concentrated in the cities and suburbs.”

Tur then brought on Washington Post columnist Philip Bump and asked him, “So what’s the resolution to that? Is gerrymandering something that would help improve the situation? How does that sort of divide promote consensus in the Senate or even in the House?”

“Well, I mean, the only resolution – gerrymandering is not going to do anything because in the Senate, we’re talking about states, right?” Bump responded. “You can’t gerrymander states. The only solution is for Democrats to appeal to voters in those states, right?”

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KATY TUR: In case you missed it, majority doesn’t always rule in this country. Forty-eight senators voted to remove the President from office. Fifty-two voted to acquit. But the 48 actually represent 12 million more voters than the senators who decided to keep Donald Trump in the White House.

We’re not arguing that a simple majority of the population should decide whether to remove an impeached a president from office. That is not in the Constitution. But it does serve to highlight a broad trend in our politics, the outsized influence of rural voters over those concentrated in the cities and suburbs.

Joining me now, the Washington Post political reporter who pulled those numbers, Philip Bump.

Alright, so impeachment is an example of this. The 48 senators – I mean, 12 million more voters, that’s a lot.

PHILIP BUMP: Yeah. And this is votes, this isn’t population. I think that’s important to note because part of what inspired me to actually do this calculation is Trump and his team were always saying what about the will of these 63 million people who voted for him? Which is a fair point.

TUR: Yeah.

BUMP: But then by contrast, you had of course the voters who supported Hillary Clinton, speaking of the –

TUR: Sixty-five million.

BUMP: Exactly, that discrepancy. But then you had the 69 million who actually supported senators who wanted to see him removed from office.

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2:41 PM ET

TUR: It’s also – when you look at judges and the way judges have been appointed. Not only the judges that Donald Trump has appointed since he’s been in office. The judges that were not appointed when President Obama was in office, I’m thinking very – I’m thinking of Merrick Garland in particular.

BUMP: Right. Yeah, no, exactly. What Mitch McConnell has done is he’s exacerbated the problem by weaponizing it, right? So he recognizes that he has this power to act as a check, to use this minority population as a check on what the rest of the country is doing. I mean, the example I use is Brett Kavanaugh. Who Brett Kavanaugh was appointed by a president who lost the popular vote and he was confirmed by a Senate which represented less than half the country, right? I mean, that is a stark example, and it’s one that Mitch McConnell has use repeatedly to act in contrast to the House.

TUR: It’s a bit of a kerfuffle.

BUMP: It is, it is. It’s a bit of a conundrum.

TUR: So what’s the resolution to that? Is gerrymandering something that would help improve the situation? Is – how does that sort of divide promote consensus in the Senate or even in the House?

BUMP: Well, I mean, the only resolution – gerrymandering is not going to do anything because in the Senate we’re talking about states, right? You can’t gerrymander states. The only solution is for Democrats to appeal to voters in those states, right?

And so, one of the things we see, one of the contrasts in American politics right now, is that Republicans are much more conservative than are Democrats liberal. Democrats are getting more liberal over time. But Democrats need to be able to appeal to people in those states, and one of the concerns that a lot of Democrats have is how do we do that well while at the same time effectively representing our more diverse base and our more diverse electorate?

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