She deserves what is coming…
Political figures from the American heartland torch Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, after an Instagram clip was published by the coastal congresswoman, claiming that the Electoral College was a racist “scam” that needs to go.
The article depicted her driving in a desert landscape on an vacant highway and joking about how “many votes” there are out there.
Eliminating the current scheme to elect the president through the domestic popular ballot would transfer authority to highly populated countries like Ocasio-Cortez’s home of New York. As Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst pointed out, midwestern states such as Michigan and Wisconsin, now highly sought-after swing states, and lesser ones such as Iowa would have less effect.
“Actually @AOC, eliminating the Electoral College would silence our voices here in Iowa and in many other states across the country,” the Republican senator tweeted, adding, “This is just more evidence of how out of touch the Democrats have become.”
Actually @AOC, eliminating the Electoral College would silence our voices here in Iowa and in many other states across the country.
This is just more evidence of how out of touch the Democrats have become. https://t.co/yfm4oDCpkm
— Joni Ernst (@joniernst) August 21, 2019
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said the statements made by Ocasio-Cortez were evidence of never taking a civics class, claiming that “Electoral College is good for Dems and GOP.”
The great sage, AOC, apparently didn’t take Civics so she wants to get rid of the Electoral College. The college we need to close is the one who gave her a degree! She won’t watch this, but hope you will. Electoral College is good for Dems and GOP. https://t.co/1wRD6fM9mx
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) August 22, 2019
Elizabeth Harrington, spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, also brought Ocasio-Cortez to task for thinking that “it’s a ‘scam’ to allow anyone but coastal elites” to determine how elections are chosen.
Ocasio-Cortez (and many 2020 Dem candidates) think it’s a “scam” to allow anyone but coastal elites have a say in our electionshttps://t.co/13w0Uyxjh5
— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) August 21, 2019
In the aftermath of President Trump defeating Hillary Clinton in 2016 despite winning the common ballot, the cause of eliminating the Electoral College has gained support among some 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.
Ocasio-Cortez claimed in her Instagram post that, “Due to severe racial disparities in certain states, the Electoral College effectively weighs white voters over voters of color, as opposed to a ‘one person, one vote’ system where all our votes are counted equally.”
Fox News’ Dana Perino fired back Wednesday night on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” calling Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks “bad for civics education,” because of the impact she has on social media.
“Think of how many people follow her on Instagram and are going to think, ‘OK, the Electoral College is racist’ — because she’s… driving through flyover country, then she thinks that it’s OK to say that these people don’t matter — the people that live here don’t matter,” Perino said, reminding viewers that the Electoral College was not considered racist when it yielded two victories for President Barack Obama.
Electoral College proponents, like Ernst, fear that presidential candidates would ignore lower countries in favor of bigger or more densely populated ones if the status quo is altered.