Congressman Charlie Rangel wants to abolish the electoral college and it’s not because he is a sore loser.
The retiring New York Democrat introduced a bill to eliminate the Electoral College system and choose future presidents based on the popular vote. But the fact that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote but lost the election is not his reason for pursuing the legislation, Rangel insisted when asked by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson.
A believer in “one man, one vote,” Rangel said he would push for the bill even if Clinton had won the election. He explained that Americans don’t understand the system and that they are voting for electors, not directly for the president.
Carlson pushed back, noting that Rangel’s home state of New York would greatly benefit from a popular vote system. The same could be said of California, whose Sen. Barbara Boxer is pushing a similar bill in the Senate.
“I think this is an educational process for a system that the reasons no longer exist,” Rangel said, adding that “98 percent of the American people have no clue” that they do not directly vote for the president of the United States.
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