Republicans Damn Sure Won’t Admit the Truth About the Electoral College

No matter what anyone thinks about the electoral college, it does have a purpose. The Founding Fathers actually feared outright democracy because they believed an irrational “mob-like” mentality could possibly lead to more than 50 percent of voters electing a president who’d support policies that violated the Constitutional rights of Americans.

Essentially it was a failsafe mechanism put in place to prevent unconstitutional candidates who were fueled by irrational, anger-filled mobs from being elected president.

In other words, the electoral college was actually put in place, in large part, to prevent someone like Donald Trump from becoming president.

While Republicans have tried spinning Trump’s electoral college win as some sort of “mandate” or “statement from the American people” — it’s neither.

Ignoring for a moment the fact that there are questions about voting irregularities in three key states that some think might have helped Trump win, when you get right down to it, there was no “massive wave of support” that propelled Trump to victory.

Even if you take just those three states in question (Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin), here are the rough estimates of Trump’s vote-count lead in each of those states:

  • Pennsylvania: 68k
  • Michigan: 11k
  • Wisconsin: 27k

Right there, If you flip those three states, Hillary Clinton’s our next president instead of Donald Trump.

Think about that for a moment. 

Right now, Clinton leads in the overall popular vote by around 2 million votes — a lead that’s expected to reach anywhere between 3-4 million once all the votes are counted. That would literally make Trump the biggest loser ever “elected” president in our nation’s history.

He’s not going to become president because he won some massive victory where most of the American people supported him, but rather because of roughly 106k votes spread out over three states.

Essentially, he’ll become our next president because of pockets of angry voters in a handful of states who were stirred up into an irrational frenzy by a candidate who ran on a lot of policies that were unconstitutional.

In other words, if there was ever a time where the electoral college should do what it was meant for, it’s this election.

We’re looking at a situation where:

  • A candidate won by extremely thin margins in a handful of states.
  • Had 54 percent of the population vote against him.
  • Is going to lose the overall popular vote by an estimated 3-4 million votes.
  • Our intelligence officials have publicly stated that the Russian government was behind hacking of a political organization and campaign in what seemed to be a calculated effort to help our now president-elect win.
  • A candidate waited until after the election to settle a lawsuit that accused him of creating a fake university with the intent of defrauding Americans out of tens of thousands of dollars, a settlement that would have likely impacted the votes of some Americans.
  • The candidate who won the election ran the most dishonest, conspiracy-driven campaign in political history where many of his promises were flat-out unconstitutional or things he knew he’d never accomplish.

Like I said, if there was a time for the electoral college to do what our Founding Fathers meant for it to do — it’s this election.

Am I saying that’s what the electoral college should do? No. While I know it’s tempting to say that they should ignore the election results and choose Clinton instead, I don’t think those supporting that stance are being rational when it comes to consequences (likely violent ones) that would take place in this country if that were to happen.

That completely changes if concrete evidence emerges showing voting irregularities that might indicate the results in those three states weren’t valid, but we’ll have to see how that unfolds.

Until then, as Republicans and the conservative media continue to jump through hoops to defend the electoral college in the face of the second Republican candidate in a row to be elected president despite losing the overall popular vote, we should continue to point out the truth of the matter. Our Founding Fathers didn’t create the electoral college to help elect someone like Donald Trump — they created it to try to keep someone like him away from the presidency.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • jillyneutron

    I’m not getting excited about the electoral college flipping the bird at Trump. Just remember that many of those electoral vote holders are Trump supporters.

    • Kim Chapa

      Not all of them

  • Brian

    Dead people and illegal immigrants don’t count, so Trump likely won the popular vote. Accept it. You lost because the rest of America doesn’t believe in California and New York liberalism.

    • Jeff Wilson

      You can remove the tin foil hat now

  • Kim Chapa
  • Carolyn Webb

    The handful pockets of voters in the critical electoral college battleground states who voted for TRUMP were not ANGRY voters they were VICIOUS ones!

    Angry people are irritated and cross and often not well informed people but VICIOUS people are deliberately spiteful and malicious people who want a leader who is very similar to the one who ruled Germany in 1933-1945!

    • Jim Bean

      The Left is STILL not ‘well-informed’ enough to understand they lost because they were ignoring the interests of those areas of the national map that are now depicted in red.

    • strayaway

      Love your petulant post. The Hillary/Obama record of bombing seven countries and helping overthrow governments does sound like Hitler’s putsch. Indeed, Obama admitted changing of immigration laws in violation of Article 1, Section 1 and his oath of office. He did those things as if Congress had passed its own enabling act. At least Hitler didn’t act like that until after the Reichstag actually passed an enabling act. Thank goodness presidents are only allowed to fowl their office for eight years.

  • Chris

    The electoral college should feel some bit of shame but I’m sure these heartless control freaks are not ruled by conscience but by money and power.

    • Carolyn Webb

      Right on

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  • strayaway

    I thought the Russkies were to blame. Remember the discussion of ‘anomalies’ and the hacking that served as the reason Generalissimo Stein raised $2M, then $9M, then withdrew from PA? The ‘mathematicians’ who discovered the ‘anomalies’ turned out to be one person, as best as we can tell, from the Un. of Michigan. Now we have 300,000 people who didn’t get to vote in Wisconsin or at least we are to believe that until we see the list. But whether its mathematicians (plural), those evil Russkies, or the secret list of 300,000 Wisconsinites, wouldn’t it be just easier to note that 31,000 people in Wisconsin voted for Stein?

    • Jim Bean

      No, no, no. Not the Russkies. Fox News. Obama said it was Fox News being played ‘in too many bars. . .” across the nation. (How bigoted and racist is THAT statement?)

      • Goblins Groupthinks

        It’s not racist at all.

      • strayaway

        As evidence of his racial sensitivity, Trump skipped the Fox debate. Meanwhile, Generalissimo Stein, the 1% vote candidate, has gone judge shopping and figured out a way of foisting counting costs on those deplorable PA taxpayers. In Michigan, didn’t she managed to get an Obama appointed judge? That makes it near impossible to get votes recounted in time in two states. Meanwhile, the search goes on for the list of 300,000 Wisconsinites who were denied their voting rights. Maybe they were illegals who had to show ID under Wisconsin law? I think its time to search for the magnifying glass used in Broward County to determine if chads were dented as evidence that probably someone meant to punch them out for Al Gore as required. Maybe Santa will have time to fill his bag with 32,000 newly discovered ballots in Milwaukee or something. Anarchy forever!

  • Jim Bean

    “In other words, the electoral college was actually put in place, in large part, to prevent someone like Donald Trump from becoming president.”

    That is completely false. It was put in place to ensure that someone like Trump could not be prevented – by large incestuous mobs in isolated enclaves (California/Chicago/NYC) – from being elected to objectively represent the entire nation.

    • Goblins Groupthinks

      Racist much?