Clueless? DNC Chair Perez Did Not Know This About The Electoral College

Posted: Oct 27, 2017 3:30 PM
Clueless? DNC Chair Perez Did Not Know This About The Electoral College

Contrary to what some say, the Democratic Party is a total wreck.  They have no message, no agenda, no leader, and are failing miserably in the fundraising game. The Republicans are just killing the Left when it comes to the national committee fundraising games. Even Democrats are starting to sour on new chairman, Tom Perez, as he’s been rather slow in giving fellow party members a sign that he’s rebuilding the party. For starters, he’s seems to be a bit clueless. The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee funded the infamous and unverified Trump dossier, which we have learned this week, and it seems Perez had no clue that it existed. It’s only one of the reasons why we have a special counsel, Robert Mueller, looking into whether any collusion occurred between the Trump campaign and the Russians during the 2016 election. 

Well, he also doesn’t know the Constitution because at a lecture at the Indiana University Law School, he said the Electoral College is nowhere in our founding document (via Washington Examiner) [emphasis mine]:

Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said during a lecture Tuesday the Electoral College isn't "a creation of the Constitution."

Perez made the comment while speaking at Indiana University Law School's Sixth Annual Birch Bayh Lecture.

"The Electoral College is not a creation of the Constitution. It doesn't have to be there," he said. "There's a national popular vote compact in which a number of states have passed a bill that says we will allocate our vote, our electoral votes, to the person who wins the national popular vote once other states totaling 270 electoral votes do the same."

Allow us to consult the National Archives on this [emphasis mine]:

The Electoral College is a process, not a place. The founding fathers established it in the Constitution as a compromise between election of the President by a vote in Congress and election of the President by a popular vote of qualified citizens.

The Electoral College process consists of the selection of the electors, the meeting of the electors where they vote for President and Vice President, and the counting of the electoral votes by Congress.

The Electoral College consists of 538 electors. A majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the President. Your state’s entitled allotment of electors equals the number of members in its Congressional delegation: one for each member in the House of Representatives plus two for your Senators. Read more about the allocation of electoral votes.

And this was said at a law school lecture.