On Twitter over the weekend, presidential contender Elizabeth Warren reiterated her hope to be the “last American president elected by the Electoral College.”
Warren posted on Twitter a clip of a campaign event in which she took a question from an attendee who asked about the Electoral College. “I want to get rid of it,” Warren said to applause. “So here’s my goal. My goal is to get elected and then be the last American president elected by the Electoral College,” she told the crowd.
“I want the second term to be that I got elected by direct vote. Popular vote. I just think this is how a democracy should work. Call me old-fashioned, but I think the person who gets the most votes should win,” she continued, an idea she has promoted before.
Popular vote is how a democracy works, but the United States is a republic, not a democracy, and the Electoral College is the fairest means of choosing a President. Warren and the Democrats resent this system because it prevents the Democrat-concentrated coastal urban areas from dominating elections.