Democrats running for 2020 either don’t know how the Electoral College works, or they think Americans are too stupid to understand it and are therefore playing on incorrect assumptions.
As I’ve written more times than I should have had to, America does not vote by a national popular vote. There are actually 51 individual popular votes (each state plus the District of Columbia). The Electoral College has existed since the Constitution was written and it allows more states the chance to decide who is president, instead of a few large cities getting to decide for everyone else.
Is it perfect? Absolutely not, but a national popular vote is even more unfair, because a few large cities in a few large states (California, Texas, New York, Illinois, and Florida) would otherwise get to decide how the rest of us are governed — and we know how corrupt and mismanaged large cities are.
Anyway, multiple Democrat candidates — still mad that this election system didn’t benefit them in 2016 like it had in 2008 and 2012 — are actually running to alter the Constitution to change the rules to make sure Democrats will always win (or so they think).
The latest candidate to bring up the issue is South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who said on Sunday that the Electoral College “has overruled the American people.”
“We can’t say it’s much of a democracy when twice in my lifetime the Electoral College has overruled the American people,” Buttigieg said during a rally in his hometown, according to the Hill.
“Why should our vote in Indiana only count once or twice in a century? Or your vote in Wyoming or New York?” he added.
He was, of course, referring to the 2016 election of President Donald Trump and the 2000 election of George W. Bush. Bush would go on to win the popular vote and the Electoral College in 2004.
As stated earlier in this article, ending the Electoral College would actually take away Indiana’s vote, and Wyoming’s vote, unless Buttigieg believes those two states would vote Democrat every time if not for the Electoral College. In reality, those two states consistently vote Republican. Wyoming has voted for the Republican presidential candidate every four years since 1968. Indiana has voted for the Republican candidate every four years (except for 2008) since 1968 as well. To say that individuals in that state are not having their votes counted is absolutely absurd. The majority of voters in that state want a Republican in office. Removing the Electoral College would ensure that large liberal cities get to decide who is president instead of the states.
Also, despite what Democrats may think, there’s no guarantee they would automatically win every national popular vote. Republicans haven’t attempted to run to win that vote — they focus on winning as many individual states as possible.
Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California, and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke have also indicated they would remove the Electoral College if elected.
This leads to another bit of irony. Convinced the Electoral College is broken, the potential Democrat nominee wants to end the election system after winning using that same election system. They can’t be this dumb, can they?