A growing number of Democrats are calling for the electoral college to be dismantled, President Donald Trump has shifted away from his previous stance — once calling it “a disaster for democracy” — to celebrating its merits, saying it is “far better for the U.S.A.” on Tuesday.
The Washington Post noted that Trump’s latest comment came after Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) expressed support for the idea of electing presidents with the national popular vote.
Other candidates on the left have also voiced their preference of using the national popular vote over the electoral college, or at the very least indicated they are considering such a proposal, including South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
On Twitter this week, Trump lamented growing support for the move, saying it would lead to the country’s metropolitan areas holding all of the power.
“The brilliance of the Electoral College is that you must go to many States to win,” he said. “With the Popular Vote, you go to just the large States - the Cities would end up running the Country. Smaller States & the entire Midwest would end up losing all power - & we can’t let that happen.”
The president admitted that he used to agree that the electoral college was problematic — but that apparently changed after he became a Republican and won the White House.
“I used to like the idea of the Popular Vote,” Trump tweeted. “But now realize the Electoral College is far better for the U.S.A.”
The fact that he lost the national popular vote to his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, in 2016 has stuck with Trump. Not long after the results were in, he began insisting that Clinton only won the popular vote due to rampant voter fraud — a claim he has continued to make despite zero evidence.
Trump is one of just five presidents in U.S. history to take office without winning the popular vote, the Post reported.