She finally got a long needed wake up call…
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, encouraged Americans to concentrate on genuine change rather than on more theoretical concepts, such as abolishing the Electoral College.
“It’s largely a dream because our Constitution is … hard to amend,” Ginsburg told a crowd while speaking at the University of Chicago. “I know that from experience.”
In the past, the liberal icon has expressed her approval for the measure, despite referring to the concept as “more theoretical than real.” While talking at Stanford University in 2017, Politico revealed that she included abolishing the institution on the list of stuff she wanted to alter about society.
“There are some things I would like to change, one is the Electoral College,” she said at the time. “But that would require a constitutional amendment, and amending our Constitution is powerfully hard to do.”
President Donald Trump was elected to the president in 2016 after gaining a majority in the Electoral College, but lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes.
After revealing her worries with then-candidate Trump, Ginsburg faced extensive blowback.
“I can’t imagine what this place would be – I can’t imaging what the country would be – with Donald Trump as our president,” she said during an interview. “For the country, it could be for years. For the court, it could be – I don’t even want to contemplate that.”
Ginsburg subsequently apologized and expressed admiration for both Trump’s appointees to the Supreme Court, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
Ginsburg’s comments originate as a slew of Democrats have called for the Electoral College to be abolished and the voting system of the United States to elect the president on the basis of popular vote.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, while traveling through rural Iowa, mocked the Electoral College in particular.
“We’re coming to you live from the Electoral College,” she said on an Instagram Live story as she recorded an empty desert highway. “Many votes here as you can see – [it’s a] very efficient way to choose leadership of the country. I mean, I can’t think of any other way, can you?”
The self-proclaimed “radical” congresswoman tried to create several overlapping claims about why the Electoral College should be dissolved, all based on the fundamental concept that the American electoral system is racial and thus discriminatory against minorities.
“The Electoral College has a racial injustice breakdown,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “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 are counted equally.”
The New York congresswoman was largely criticized for her misunderstanding of American history and reverting to her often-used claim of systemic racism. Failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, however, defended Ocasio-Cortez, stating that the Electoral College should “absolutely” be abolished because it was designed so that “those in power did not believe that working people had the intellectual capacity to directly elect the leader of the free world.”
Abrams has made changing the American voting system to elect Democrats her top priority going into the 2020 election cycle.