Michael Moore: Morning-After To-Do List: “You must say this sentence to everyone you meet today: “HILLARY CLINTON WON THE POPULAR VOTE!” The MAJORITY of our fellow Americans preferred Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. Period. Fact. If you woke up this morning thinking you live in an effed-up country, you don’t. The majority of your fellow Americans wanted Hillary, not Trump. The only reason he’s president is because of an arcane, insane, 18th-century idea called the Electoral College. Until we change that, we’ll continue to have presidents we didn’t elect and didn’t want.”
So this man who bloviates from his posterior wishes to do away with the Electoral College. I would argue against that. Yes, the majority popular vote went to Clinton, that is true. To say that the majority of Americans in each state wanted to elect Clinton is an obvious fabrication. The Founding Fathers did not want a true democracy because that leads to mob rule. They believed, and rightly so, that they needed to ensure that as many individual Americans as possible were able to share their voice. So they invented the Electoral College to just that.
The number of electors are selected based on the total number of Congressman and Senators a state has. In its basic premise each state decides who they want for President and votes via the Electoral College. In Texas, 52% of votes were cast for Trump. So he received the Elector’s votes. In California, 61% of the votes went to Clinton and she received all 55 state votes.
If you look at the Election Map you will see the breakdown of states that voted Republican and which Democrat.
Hillary won the popular vote but imagine how? New York, Virginia, Florida and California would decide every single election. Their populations are enormous compared to Montana for instance. Even if there were no democrats at all in Montana they would NEVER have a say.
Thank God for the Electoral College! It isn’t perfect but a direct popular vote for President would be a disaster. Outdated my backside!