Trump: Democrats Getting 'Strange' With Calls to Abolish Electoral College

By Susan Jones | March 20, 2019 | 6:31am EDT
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( - Sen. Elizabeth Warren told a CNN town hall on Monday she wants to abolish the Electoral College, and she's not the only Democrat to raise the idea. The move would be advantageous to Democrats.

President Trump issued three tweets on the subject late Tuesday:

The Democrats are getting very “strange.” They now want to change the voting age to 16, abolish the Electoral College, and Increase significantly the number of Supreme Court Justices. Actually, you’ve got to win it at the Ballot Box!

Campaigning for the Popular Vote is much easier & different than campaigning for the Electoral College. It’s like training for the 100 yard dash vs. a marathon. The brilliance of the Electoral College is that you must go to many States to win. With the Popular Vote, you go to....

....just the large States - the Cities would end up running the Country. Smaller States & the entire Midwest would end up losing all power - & we can’t let that happen. I used to like the idea of the Popular Vote, but now realize the Electoral College is far better for the U.S.A.

At a CNN town hall Monday night, Warren said:

We need to make sure that every vote counts. And, you know, I want to -- I want to push that right here in Mississippi, because I think this is an important point. You know, come a general election, presidential candidates don't come to places like Mississippi.

They also don't come to places like California and Massachusetts, right? Because we're not the battleground states. Well, my view is that every vote matters. And the way we can make that happen...(applause) that we can have national voting. And that means get rid of the Electoral College and everybody counts. Everybody.

I think everybody ought to have to come and ask for your vote. What do you think?

(The audience loved the idea.)

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) told Jimmy Kimmel Tuesday night she is "open to the discussion" about abolishing the Electoral College: "I mean, there's no question that the popular vote has been diminished in terms of making the final decision about who's the president of the United States, and we need to deal with that, so I'm open to the discussion," Harris said.

Democrat and newly minted presidential candidate Robert "Beto" O'Rourke said Tuesday he sees "a lot of wisdom" in abolishing the Electoral College: “You had an election in 2016 where the loser got 3 million more votes than the victor," he said. "It puts some states out of play all together.”

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), meanwhile, is advocating term limits for Supreme Court justices; and he says every president should be allowed to choose three.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is among the Democrats who favors lowering the voting age to 16.

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