Sean Hannity offered a “history lesson” on the Electoral College, warning that attempts to abolish the system will leave most of “red America” ignored.
The Fox News host weighed in on “Hannity” Wednesday about how Democrats such as Senators Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand have recently voiced their support of efforts to end the process to elect the president which was instituted by America’s Founding Fathers.
Hannity addressed the issue in light of the far-left campaign, the National Popular Vote interstate compact, which seeks to award the presidency to the winner of the popular vote, intentionally ignoring the reasons why the more than 200-year-old system was even designed.
“When our Constitution was drafted in 1787, the framers of the Constitution sought to rectify what was a very challenging conundrum. How do you create a limited, central government strong enough to defend its people against serious threats, but decentralized enough to prevent consolidation and subsequent abuse of power?” Hannity asked.
He went on to explain how the Electoral College vote is based on population and Senate votes, thus giving smaller states a slight advantage as each state has two senators. The intention of the often misunderstood system is to ensure that smaller states are not ruled out by larger ones and to ensure that presidential candidates do not concentrate all of their appeals to only more populated areas.
“Without the Electoral College — and our framers knew this — small areas with dense populations — in other words, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, California — they would monopolize the keys to the White House,” Hannity explained. “Look at how all four of those states have been destroyed by the people who have elected liberal socialist politicians. Everywhere else, in other words, all of red America, would pretty much be totally ignored.”
Former Obama campaign manager Jim Messina acknowledged in an MSNBC interview that “we would never go to a small state if there was no electoral college,” and instead would focus on “major markets” while ignoring places like Iowa, Montana and New Hampshire.
“For hundreds of years, the Electoral College played an integral role in decentralizing the power of a central government, keeping the United States united. You think all those red states would stick around and be in the United States if they kept losing to New York, New Jersey, California and Illinois?”Hannity asked. “I tend to think not.”
The Fox News host argued that “Democrats don’t share the values of our framers,” and only want “power for themselves.” Progressives have distorted the views of the founders in an attempt to bury their intentions with a misinformation campaign, even associating the Electoral College with racism and slavery.
“Every major proposal they are now pushing begins and ends with their power and a centralized federal government that they control,” Hannity pointed out.
Only about a dozen states and the District of Columbia have so far signed onto the proposed bill to nullify the Electoral College.
This is the greatest threat to the Constitution thats not being reported on. It subverts the electoral college and gives the left the ability to control the entire presidential election and only have to throw the vote in about 20 counties nationwide.https://t.co/W7Ir0N0AaH
— The Truthinator (@TTruthinator) March 19, 2019
President Trump admitted he “used to like” the popular vote idea but has come to realize the established system is the best for the nation.
Campaigning for the Popular Vote is much easier & different than campaigning for the Electoral College. It’s like training for the 100 yard dash vs. a marathon. The brilliance of the Electoral College is that you must go to many States to win. With the Popular Vote, you go to….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 20, 2019
….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. I used to like the idea of the Popular Vote, but now realize the Electoral College is far better for the U.S.A.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 20, 2019
Tennessee Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen introduced legislation to abolish the Electoral College as soon as Democrats took over the House in January, blasting the “distorting effect of the outdated” system. Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez issued a rallying cry to his party in December and last month, former Obama attorney general and possible 2020 Democratic presidential contender, Eric Holder, called the measure “real democracy.”
Meanwhile, 2020 Democratic candidate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren called for an end to the Electoral College “because every vote matters.”
‘Every vote matters’: Elizabeth Warren defies her own ‘logic’ with small-state call to abolish Electoral College https://t.co/NJpc2ELlTj
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 19, 2019
“You know, come a general election, presidential candidates don’t come to places like Mississippi,” the Massachusetts senator said during a CNN town hall earlier this week.
“Yeah. They also don’t come to places like California and Massachusetts, right? Because we’re not the battleground states. Well, my view is that every vote matters,” she continued. “And the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting and that means get rid of the electoral college.”
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