Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Reminds Trump: He Once Hated The Electoral College, Too
In a fundraising email to his Republican supporters, President Donald Trump wrote that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was threatening to make it so only the “coastal liberals” would be able to win the presidency, through abolishing the Electoral College.
“Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dialed up the crazy to a whole new level recently when she called for abolishing the Electoral College,” Trump (or more accurately, his campaign writing on his behalf) said in the email.
Trump added that AOC “made it very clear that she thinks coastal liberals in New York and California should have all the power in this country and that Patriotic Americans across the Nation shouldn’t have a voice.”
The implication from Trump’s email is that the abolishment of the Electoral College would allow citizens in those two states to overrule the votes of individuals in the rest of the country. But that idea, common among those who defend the Electoral College, is ill-conceived — according to estimates from this year, both states represent less than 16 percent of the entire U.S. population, and it’s unlikely that every voter from those two areas would vote 100 percent against Trump in the upcoming 2020 election.
Conversely, the Electoral College presently makes votes from “smaller” states carry more weight than “larger” states. Abolishing the EC would allow every American’s vote equal in weight.
As prior reporting from HillReporter.com has noted as well, the abolishment of the Electoral College could actually mean presidential candidates would have to court more of the country. It also wouldn’t “hurt” small states, as some people have implied, including Trump, in the past.
Trump’s defense of the Electoral College is itself somewhat disingenuous — the president only became a proponent of keeping the status quo in place after he capitalized from it in 2016, and four years earlier, when it appeared former President Barack Obama might win the Electoral College without the popular vote (he ended up winning both), Trump called it a “disaster.”
Ocasio-Cortez made sure to remind Trump of that fact on Tuesday evening, hours after his fundraising email was sent out.
I’m so glad the President and I agree that the Electoral College has got to go. https://t.co/aXn4IgwJjv
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 27, 2019
Sharing the tweet in which Trump, in 2012, called it a “disaster for democracy,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote, “I’m so glad the President and I agree that the Electoral College has got to go.”
Trump has, of course, infamously attacked Ocasio-Cortez, as well as three other congresswomen of color, on several occasions, most notoriously telling all four to “go back” to their countries of origin in a tweet from July, Vox reported. Many deemed the attacks against those women as racist, particularly since three of them (including Ocasio-Cortez) were born in the United States.