Dem Sen. Merkley: The ‘Flaws’ In the Electoral College Diminish ‘The Legitimacy of Our President’
In response to former actor and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger criticizing Democrats for wanting to abolish the electoral college, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) said the flaws in the electoral college have been revealed.
Schwarzenegger said Democrats look like whining babies over the issue.
“Well I think Schwarzenegger needs to learn a little bit about American history and the dark side of how the Electoral College was founded,” Merkley said. “And it also wouldn’t hurt for him to embrace the notion that whoever wins an election with support of the most citizens should be the person who takes the office. That’s the fundamental nature of democracy.”
“But you’re only making this stand now after Hillary Clinton won the popular — this isn’t something I hear the people out there arguing about before, right? There is this event that happened and then all of a sudden it became a big deal,” CNN’s Erin Burnett pointed out.
“It’s true. It’s been in the conversation for a long time. I remember back in high school this being a question that was debated. But certainly recent history has shown we have a system that the flaws have been exposed in and it diminishes the legitimacy of our president which is something we should be deeply concerned about,” Merkley explained.
Many 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have called for the electoral college to be abolished, such as Beto O’Rourke, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
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