From Washington Examiner: Democrats still mourning the outcome of last month’s election have added a new step to their grieving process: leveling charges of racism against those who support the constitutional method of electing the president. In keeping with the process stipulated in the 12th Amendment, 538 electors representing all 50 states gathered on Monday to cast their ballots for the 45th president.
The result – that Donald Trump will officially enter the Oval Office on Jan. 20 – was affirmed by the Electoral College, an institution the Left is now casting as racist and anti-Democratic. Mere hours after Trump topped the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency, liberal filmmaker Michael Moore tweeted: “Hello rest of the world! My fellow Americans are asleep right now so I thought we could talk and maybe explain what happened yesterday.” Then came his explanation.
“This racist idea, the Electoral College, 225 years later ended up benefitting the candidate who spewed racism hate,” he opined. The New York Times, in an editorial on Tuesday, described the centuries-old institution as “a living symbol of America’s original sin,” arguing that it was created at a time when “slavery was the law of the land” and a national popular vote would have “disadvantaged” Southern slave states, where blacks could not vote but were counted as three-fifths of a person for the purposes of a population count. “The whole point of the Electoral College was an effort by the founders to balance large states versus small states because of the fact that we are a federal republic,” Hans von Spakovsky, a conservative scholar of election law at the Heritage Foundation, told the Washington Examiner.
“They were afraid that if the president were elected simply by the national popular vote, then candidates would simply go to the big urban areas and ignore the more rural parts of the country.” According to Spakovksy, there is “absolutely no discussion” about designing the Electoral College to protect slave states in James Madison’s notes on the Constitutional Convention of 1787. “Latching onto this claim, that ‘Oh it must be racism,’ is just ridiculous,” he said. “All you have to do is look at a map that breaks down the entire country by counties and you can see that Donald Trump‘s support was countrywide whereas Hillary Clinton‘s support was in very narrow geographical areas of the country.”