Rep. Steve Cohen Says Electoral College Was ‘Conceived in Sin’: Designed For Slave States to Keep Power
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) is adding his voice to being heavily critical of the electoral college after presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said it was time to get rid of it.
Cohen said the country was vastly different when the electoral college was implemented and slavery was key in its conception.
“The country is different than it was when the Constitution was drafted. When the Constitution was drafted, a lot of it had to do with slavery. The slave states wanted equal representation in the Senate because they wanted to keep slavery. The slave states wanted to have an electoral college to where the members that they had in Congress counted towards the vote of president where the slaves counted as two-thirds and in the popular vote they would count as zero. So the slaves states didn’t want a popular election because their slaves wouldn’t count towards voting and the slaves states would’ve had less votes,” Cohen said.
“This is all conceived in sin and perpetrating slavery on the American people and on the African-American people, directly,” he added.
CNN political commentator Paul Begala also said on Tuesday the electoral college is broken because Donald Trump won the presidency.
“Democrats think, ‘Well if it was ever going to work, it would have worked against Donald Trump,’ who lost the popular vote and who many Democrats believe is a demagogue backed by foreign powers. And it didn’t work, nor by the way should it, I think and many Democrats think that it should be a popular vote. I think Elizabeth Warren is on to something,” he said.
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