U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is all in favor of changing the Electoral College.
During a talk Monday at Stanford University, Ginsberg lamented on the current state of American politics. When asked by a student what things she wanted to change, the justice offered up the Electoral College.
“There are some things I would like to change. One is the Electoral College,” Ginsberg said.
“But that would require a constitutional amendment, and amending our Constitution is powerfully hard to do,” she added.
Ginsberg’s remarks follow President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
The vacancy was a major talking point among both presidential candidates during the 2016 election, with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton desiring to appoint a liberal judge.
Debate about the usefulness of the Electoral College returned to the forefront after Trump won the electoral vote but lost the popular vote, with the assumption he will likely stack the Supreme Court with conservative justices.
Most Republicans argue in favor of the Electoral College, claiming it helps prevent a monopoly of votes in certain states with higher populations.
In the 2016 presidential election, Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes. However, in California and New York alone, Clinton’s margin was nearly 5 million over Trump.
Conservative icon Mark Levin explained after the November election why the Electoral College was a brilliant idea to a caller on his radio show.
“You can’t just basically leave it up to six, eight, 10 states and three or four regions to select the president,” Levin said. “Was absolutely brilliant, the electoral college, which is exactly why it comes under attack by the statist progressives and other buffoons who don’t even know what they’re talking about.”
Ironically, even though there was much media attention given to abolishing the Electoral College after Trump was elected president, support for actually following through with the plan is at an all-time low.
“This year, for the first time in the 49 years Gallup has asked about it, less than half of Americans want to replace the Electoral College with a popular vote system,” Gallup said in an analysis of its poll results.
“Support for an amendment peaked at 80 percent in 1968, after Richard Nixon almost lost the popular vote while winning the Electoral College,” Gallup added in its analysis.
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