During an interview with CNN, Hillary Clinton explained that she thinks it’s time to toss the Electoral College in the bin.
Clinton told CNN’s Anderson Cooper, “I think it [the Electoral College] needs to be eliminated. I’d like to see us move beyond it, yes.” It makes sense why Clinton believes the Electoral College should be dissolved, seeing as she isn't the first person to lose the presidential election, despite winning the popular vote.
Although it’s been nearly a year since the former Democratic-nominee lost the 2016 presidential election, Clinton has continued to speak out about all the shenanigans that happened during the campaign trail. This past week, Clinton met with Cooper to discuss her new book What Happened, which essentially breaks down what the eff happened during the bizarre-yet-significant election cycle.
Though Clinton met with CNN to discuss her new book, she also made a point to discuss the Electoral College and it's role in the election's results. Particularly, she notes how the Electoral College doesn’t speak for the majority of the voters or represent "the will of the people." Clinton won the popular vote by almost 3 million votes, which means the majority of U.S. citizens voted for her.
Regardless, Clinton isn’t the only person who has argued that that the Electoral College should be abolished. In fact, Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer introduced legislation to end the Electoral College in November following the election. At the time, she tweeted "The presidency is the only office where you can get more votes & still lose. It's time to end the Electoral College."
Business Insider also noted President Donald Trump used to think that the Electoral College was flawed. Seeing as our current president himself tweeted back in 2012 that the "electoral college is a disaster for a democracy.” However, Trump quickly changed his opinion after he won the 2016 election. Weird.
Let’s face it, the Electoral College might be a dated way to elect the U.S. president— seeing as the Electoral College didn't actually represent the candidate that the majority of the citizens voted for in this past election. However, the road to legislating an alternative for the system may be a long one.