Hillary Clinton made an argument for dissolving the Electoral
College in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Wednesday
“I think it needs to be eliminated. I’d like to see us move
beyond it, yes,” Clinton said.
Clinton made the assertion while discussing her book, “What
Happened,” which recounts the turbulent 2016 US presidential
election. Clinton lost the Electoral College to Donald Trump, who
pulled in 306 votes to Clinton’s 236 last November.
The Electoral College has 538 members who select the US president
based on the popular vote in every state, as opposed to the
national popular-vote tally, which is why a candidate who loses
the popular vote can still win an election.
Clinton won the popular vote by nearly three million ballots, an
achievement her supporters have frequently called up in protests
during the first half-year of Trump’s presidency. Clinton herself
has touted it — most recently
when she promoted the news website, Verrit, an outlet that
calls itself “Media for the 65.8 million,” a tagline that
references Clinton’s popular vote total.
The former Democratic candidate is not the first to suggest the
Electoral College should be abolished. Al Gore, who won the
popular vote in 2000, but still lost the election to George W.
Bush, continued to support the current system, until Trump won in
And Trump did the opposite — six years before his unlikely
presidential victory: “The electoral college is a disaster for a
wrote on Twitter in 2012.
Once he became president-elect, he said the Electoral College was