Using the occasion of receiving this year’s Harvard’s Radcliffe Medal, Hillary Clinton once again launched an attack on our country’s Electoral College. You may remember an interview in 2017 when she voiced her opinion that the Electoral College should be eliminated.
“I think it needs to be eliminated. I’d like to see us move beyond it, yes,” she told CNN host Anderson Cooper.
Friday at Harvard Clinton said its roots are “troubling” and she’s been against the system since 2000. Hmm. How convenient. You will recall that election in 2000 when her husband’s vice-president, Al Gore lost to George W. Bush. For the first time since 1888, the losing candidate (Gore) had more popular votes than the winner (Bush).
Clinton called the roots of the Electoral College system “a little troubling.”
“But nevertheless, we’ve got it. I’ve been against it, by the way, since 2000,” Clinton said. “Not that you need to know that … I have been, because I just think it is absolutely contrary to ‘one person, one vote.'”
Donald Trump trounced Clinton 304-227 in electoral votes. Clinton won the popular vote thanks to the heavy concentration of liberal-leaning voters residing on both coasts and large metropolitan areas. Trump dominated in middle America – flyover country usually ignored until it is time for a presidential election. The Electoral College requires a national candidate to have more than just regional appeal.
America’s smartest woman ever wants to eliminate a system that gives voice to Americans in more conservative parts of the country. The beauty of the electoral process is that a balance is struck so that each state is important. A president governs the entire country. In order to “eliminate” the Electoral College, the Constitution would have to be amended. That is a near impossible feat under the best of circumstances, given that votes in support of an amendment by two-thirds of the House and Senate then ratification by 38 states is required.
There is a movement underway to circumvent the Constitution and solely use the popular vote for presidential elections. The National Popular Vote bill guarantees the Presidency to the popular vote winner. Twelve states have enacted this bill into law – all liberal-leaning states – and now states with 98 electoral votes are needed The states that have passed it California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. The District of Columbia is also included in the count.
During the speech, Hillary was able to take some shots at democracy in America as she declared a “crisis in our democracy”
In her remarks, she did not mention President Trump by name, but took some not-so-veiled swipes at the White House — talking about leaders who seek to polarize the nation, delegitimize news outlets and also spread fake news.
“Attempting to erase the line between fact and fiction, truth and reality is a core feature of authoritarianism,” she said.
“Right now we are living through a crisis in our democracy,” she said. “There are certainly not tanks in the street but what is happening today goes to the heart of who we are as a nation.”
“I say this not as a Democrat who lost an election, but an American afraid of losing a country,” she said.
Please. This is just one more excuse for her spectacular loss to a man that no one thought would win the presidency. Clinton voiced optimism for the future because of the rise of the gun-grabbing youth in Parkland.
Ironically, she was introduced by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. The irony was no doubt lost on the crowd of Hillary devotees, though. Clinton called for “empathy” between the politically divided – LOL! – but Albright was sure to bring in her own nastiness. (Fox News)
Clinton was introduced by former secretary of state and 2001 medalist Madeleine Albright, and engaged in a conversation onstage with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.
In her remarks, Albright took her own swipe at the current administration.
“Hillary, being more diplomatic, wrote a book called ‘What Happened,” she said. “My book is called ‘Fascism.’”
Clinton took the obligatory shot at Fox News, too. She called it propaganda. Not very original, right?
“It’s not just Fox, it’s now Sinclair. They are essentially delivering propaganda. … We need more outlets for reliable information,” Clinton said in her acceptance speech.
Blaming middle American voters for her loss in 2016 is just one more excuse to add in an ever-growing list of excuses that Hillary Clinton has used in America and around the world. Playing perpetual victim is what she does best.