'Beto' O'Rourke Slams The Electoral College: It's Basically Just Like Slavery
2020 hopeful goes further in denouncing electoral college
2020 hopeful 'Beto' O'Rourke has doubled down on calling for the Electoral College to be abolished by suggesting it could be related to a reparations-style apology for the institution of forced labor.
Last month, 'Beto' cited Hillary Clinton's defeat against President Donald Trump in the 2016 election as a reason to abolish the current system.
He joins the growing number of Democrats who believe that eliminating the Electoral College would facilitate Democracy.
But O'Rourke went further comparing the current to "slavery," according to the Washington Free Beacon.
“This is one of those bad compromises we made at day one in this country,” O'Rourke told the audience.
“There are many others we can think of, and they are all connected, including the value of some people based on the color of their skin. There are a legacy and a series of consequences that have persisted and remain with us to this day.”
“In this conversation about how we repair the damage, how we make things right, and how we keep from committing the same injustice going forward is squarely connected to the reason that we are all convened here today and that is fixing our democracy,” he continued.
“So yes, if we get rid of the Electoral College, we get a little bit closer to one person, one vote in the United States of America.”
O'Rourke's comments seem to be derived from the idea that the Electoral College was part of a package of compromises designed to appease slave states, similar to the 3/5th agreement, which enabled states with slave populations to mark each slave 3/5 of a person when calculating their representation.
But the Electoral College was really a compromise to small states and not slaves states.
The system gives weight to less-populated areas to limit the presidency from being determined only by, at the time, Virginia and New York.
In March, Democratic efforts hit a large GOP wall, and they will now have to beat presdient Donald Trump in the Electoral College they lost in 2016.
The Electoral College puts the power to elect presidents in the hands of individual states.
But the bipartisan National Popular Vote interstate compact looks to undermine the constitutional shield surrounding the electoral college.