Tuesday on CNN’s Newsroom, civil rights activist Jesse Jackson argued that there was “something wrong” with the fact that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in the 2016 election, but lost the presidency to Donald Trump because of the Electoral College.
Host Poppy Harlow asked, “What is the most important thing you think could happen this year to get towards true equality?”
“Well, the protected rights of voters,” replied Jackson. “In 2016, Hillary won by 3 million votes and lost. There’s something wrong with that. In 2018, Mr. Trump lost by 9 million votes and yet he won the Senate. And so equal protection under the law and fairness is critical… So the right to vote, healthcare, and clean up these jails, those in jail for nonviolent crimes but they’re just there making a jail a hotel. These are basic.”