O’Rourke Likens Electoral College to Slavery — Gets Schooled for Targeting the ‘Most Democratic Thing’

2020 Democratic presidential nominee and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) caught heat on Twitter on Monday after comparing the Electoral College to slavery.

O’Rourke officially endorsed the idea of “abolish[ing] the Electoral College” while speaking at the We the People Membership Summitt on Monday, calling it “one of those bad compromises” made by the Founding Fathers when they wrote the Constitution.

He then took a sharp left turn in his speech and likened the Electoral College to the blight of slavery:

“This is one of those bad compromises we made at day one in this country. There are many others that we can think of, and they are all connected, including the value of some people based on the color of their skin. There is a legacy and a series of consequences that have persisted and remain with us to this day.”

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The former Texas congressman’s comments solicited backlash on Twitter, with one user blasting the 2020 hopeful for attacking “the most democratic thing you can do.”

The Electoral College — the abolishment of which has also been backed by some other Democratic presidential primary candidates, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) — was established by Article 2, Section 4 of the Constitution and is made up of 538 electors from the 50 states and Washington, D.C.

To win the presidency, 270 electoral votes are required.

According to the National Archives, the Electoral College was created “as a compromise between election of the President by a vote in Congress and election of the President by a popular vote of qualified citizens.”

The number of electors from each state is determined by the size of a state’s representation in Congress: one for each representative from the state and one for each senator. Washington, D.C., gets three electoral votes under the 23rd Amendment to the Constitution.

Each political party with a candidate in a presidential race chooses their group of electors in each state. The winning candidate’s electors from each state meet in their states in December to cast their ballots, which are tallied in January.

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Screwtape
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Beta you really are an underachiever. Don’t you know that the electoral college is like Nazism?

Seriously. It’s part of the Constitution and has worked for 200+ years, until sore-losers and schemers decided it didn’t.

Another tidbit. We are NOT a democracy and never have been. We are a republic and the only fair way to ensure fair and equal representation IS the electoral college. If I could, I’d extend the electoral college to the state level.

James
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Sounds like Bozo’s hat is a bit too tight and crushing his one dysfunctioning brain cell. Or, maybe it’s his jockey shorts. #Idjit.

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