Massachusetts Senator and 2020 Democrat presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has announced she wants to be elected by popular vote, but only after winning the electoral college the first time around. The claim came during a town hall style meeting in Waterloo, Iowa over the long Thanksgiving weekend.
My goal is to get elected—but I plan to be the last American president to be elected by the Electoral College. I want my second term to be elected by direct vote. pic.twitter.com/a2Lj2a9F0F— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) December 2, 2019
I'm grateful for everyone who came out to our Waterloo town hall. This is how we're going to make big, structural change—together. pic.twitter.com/3D3OIJW5Tp— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) December 2, 2019
Since twice failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump, Democrats have been on a crusade to end the electoral college.
This isn't the first time Warren has called for an elimination of the current electoral system. Earlier this year she said the same during a CNN town hall. She also believes felons should be able to vote.
Here's why the electoral college matters:
And also, this just isn't happening by 2024:
Me: The Electoral College will still exist in 2024. There is no way in four years to get so many states to disempower themselves and amend the Constitution. A million to one would be an optimistic projection of the odds.— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) December 2, 2019
You’re living in a dream world if you think the electoral college is going anywhere.— Colin Moriarty (@notaxation) December 2, 2019
Regardless of whether you approve of it or not, you will never in a million years get state legislatures or federal legislators to vote in the numbers necessary to change it.