Trump Changes His Tune, Praises 'Phoney Electoral College' After Repeated Condemnation
By Dan Schmitt | December 19, 2016 |
“Once again the animals were conscious of a vague uneasiness. Never to have any dealings with human beings, never to engage in trade, never to make use of money–had not these been among the earliest resolutions passed at that first triumphant Meeting after Jones was expelled? All the animals remembered passing such resolutions: or at least they thought that they remembered it. The four young pigs who had protested when Napoleon abolished the Meetings raised their voices timidly, but they were promptly silenced by a tremendous growling from the dogs. Then, as usual, the sheep broke into "Four legs good, two legs bad!" and the momentary awkwardness was smoothed over.”
George Orwell’s Animal Farm
Today was a HUGE day for our country. The members of the Electoral College met to cast their votes for the next president, and Donald Trump will be our President come January 2017.
The Electoral College has been the hot button issue lately. So many Americans consider Trump unfit to lead the world’s most powerful country and Hillary Clinton won nearly 3 million more votes than Trump. Despite Clinton’s substantial lead in the popular vote, Trump won the electoral vote 306 – 232. This is not the first time such an unfortunate (many say undemocratic) situation has occurred. In the last five presidential elections, only once has the Republican candidate won the popular vote (George W. Bush in 2004), but twice Republicans captured the White House.
As you would imagine, Democrat are much more unhappy with these election result and the Electoral College system than Republicans, and a recent poll confirms that. I wonder how Republicans would feel if the shoes had been on the other feet? Na, just kidding! I know how they would react.
Well, I’m not sure how I feel about the Electoral College right now. I get that our Founding Fathers wanted to protect the less populated states for being dominated by the larger populated states when it came to electing our presidents. I also get how folks who didn’t vote for Trump can think the system is rigged against them.
Trump, himself, changed his tune on the Electoral College just like he did on so many issues depending on the circumstances. Back in 2012, when it appeared that Mitt Romney might win the popular vote but lose the Electoral College, he tweeted “Obama lost the popular vote by a lot and won the election. We should have a revolution in this country!” In another tweet, he said “The phoney Electoral College made a laughing stock out of our nation. The loser won!” At that time, Trump thought the Electoral College was a “disaster for a democracy.”
Now that he himself won the Electoral College while losing the popular vote, Trump thinks it’s a “genius” system!
I’m not sure what I think about a lot of things nowadays. But there’s a few things I know to be absolutely true. Two plus two is four in base ten. The sun will rise from the EAST tomorrow MORNING. Here’s another thing I’d bet my life on: if Donald Trump had won the popular vote but lost the electoral vote, he’d be squealing like a stuck pig today. And his ardent followers would be squealing too.