This Wednesday, Fox News’ Dana Perino appeared on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and criticized the Democratic presidential candidates who’ve come out in favor of dismantling the Electoral College.
Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, California Sen. Kamala Harris and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren have stated their belief that the United States should do away with the Electoral College and elect presidents via the popular vote.
“It’s a litmus test, right? Is there a Democratic candidate who is saying no? Cory Booker kind of tapped the breaks on it, whoa, whoa, whoa, I don’t know. But he will get there. This is happening,” Perino stated.
“Remember, it’s Eric Holder also, I think, who during the Obama administration suggested this. But the Democrats didn’t need to talk about this when President Obama was president because he won the Electoral College. Okay?” she continued.
“The institutions have held up but the Democrats are now talking about actually dismantling those institutions. And what is interesting to me is that the reason that the country is set up this way with different states is because we are republic. You have a representative government,” she said.
“If you do away with that and you just elect the president by whoever lives in New York and California, then, and you just erase all of those boundaries, then you truly are for open borders,” Perino concluded. “Then you are no longer of the United States of America. You are like united people of America where perhaps, not so united, right, just the people of America.”
On Tuesday morning, Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio rebuked the Democrats’ plan to get rid of the Electoral College with a post on Twitter.
“The Democrat plan to get rid of the Electoral College has nothing to do with making sure every vote counts,” said Rubio. “It’s about diminishing the electoral power of what liberals arrogantly call the ‘flyover states’ & of Americans they habitually disrespect as uneducated & backwards.”
President Donald Trump also posted his support for the Electoral College on Twitter, saying, “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.”
Twelve U.S. states have passed laws mandating that their Electoral College votes go to the winner of the national popular vote, but none of the laws can go into effect unless the combined number of Electoral College votes reach the number of votes needed for a presidential candidate to win, which is 270.