It seems Hillary Clinton still can’t accept that Donald Trump won the 2016 general election fair and square.
In an interview with CNN, Clinton complained about a number of things that, according to her recent memoir What Happened, cost her the election. She went on to demand that Congress abolish the Electoral College and leave elections up to the popular vote.
In 2016 Clinton won the popular vote with nearly 3 million votes above what Trump received. But unfortunately for Clinton, the elections have always been decided in the Electoral College and she lost the election.
According to an article in Snopes, the Electoral College was established by the founding fathers so that the will of all states could be represented in the election of a president. Otherwise, the states that hold the highest populations, such as California or New York, would determine the election and the smaller states, such as Oklahoma, wouldn’t matter. The Electoral College allows all states to have relatively equal say, making for a fair election.
Clinton believes the Electoral College is an unfair and antiquated system considering she had more total votes than Trump, but still lost. She believes the manner we’ve conducted elections for hundreds of years is what cost her the election. “I think it needs to be eliminated. I’d like to see us move beyond it, yes,” the failed presidential candidate stated.
She believes that the Electoral College that makes elections fair on the state level doesn’t represent the will of the people. “I believe that in a democracy, we should respect the will of the people and to me, that means it’s time to do away with the Electoral College and move to the popular election of our president.” Of course, the United States is a Republic, not a democracy.
To Clinton and other critics of the Electoral College, the election should really be more of a popularity contest than a constitutionally constructed voting process, with candidates appealing to voters in large states like California and New York. Such an election would see these coastal urban areas having their needs represented and appealed to, while those living in the rural center of the US would be utterly ignored.
In addition to blaming the Electoral College, Clinton also placed the blame for her loss on a number of other factors such as former FBI Director Comey reopening the private server investigation, Russian President Vladimir Putin meddling during the campaign, former candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), failing to provide support, and a number of other reasons.
According to Politico, she briefly takes some of the blame for her actions during the election in her book, saying, “I go back over my own shortcomings and the mistakes we made. I take responsibility for all of them.”
Hillary says the Electoral College did her wrong. Should we abolish it?
Yet she quickly reiterates it wasn’t really her fault. “I wasn’t just running against Donald Trump. I was up against the Russian intelligence apparatus, a misguided FBI director, and now the godforsaken Electoral College.”
Clinton’s desire to abolish the Electoral College following the election is like a child wanting to change the rules to checkers after they lose. She knew going into the election that the victor would be determined by the Electoral College and not who had the most votes. Considering her husband was elected president before, and she has held political office herself, this shouldn’t have been a surprise.
In reality, Clinton is merely upset about her loss and looking to place the blame on anyone but herself. Abolishing the Electoral College would only ensure that more elections would swing in Democrats’ favor because they typically have the highly populated liberal coastal areas already within their domain.
It’s time we move on and Clinton, despite all her claims of “unfair,” should realize the rules won’t change to make her feel better.