In a tweet published late Wednesday morning, Ernst — a combat veteran and the junior senator from Iowa — delivered a haymaker against Ocasio-Cortez, claiming that nixing the electoral institution would “silence” voters’ voices in the Hawkeye State and “many other states” in America.
The Iowa Republican also blasted the move as being “more evidence” of the Democratic Party’s lack of “touch” with voters.
“Actually [Ocasio-Cortez], eliminating the Electoral College would silence our voices here in Iowa and in many other states across the country,” wrote Ernst. “This is just more evidence of how out of touch the Democrats have become.”
Actually @AOC, eliminating the Electoral College would silence our voices here in Iowa and in many other states across the country.
This is just more evidence of how out of touch the Democrats have become. https://t.co/yfm4oDCpkm
— Joni Ernst (@joniernst) August 21, 2019
Ernst’s claims hold a kernel of truth.
As IJR Red noted, over half of the U.S.’s population live in just nine states — California, Texas, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio, Georgia, and North Carolina — according to projections by the World Population Review.
If the Electoral College were abolished, a candidate could theoretically take the presidency by just winning those nine states.
Ocasio-Cortez referred to the Electoral College as a “scam” that negatively impacted minority voters in an Instagram story posted Monday, as IJR Red previously reported.
She also called for the electoral institution to be abolished, saying that “severe racial disparities” in some states allows the Electoral College to “effectively” place more weight on “white voters over voters of color.”
“Due to severe racial disparities in certain states, the Electoral College effectively weighs white voters over voters of color, as opposed to a ‘one person, one vote’ system where all our votes are counted equally,” said the New York Democrat.
Some of the Democrats running for president in 2020 have backed the idea of getting rid of the Electoral College, including Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas.).