by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
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 Twelfth 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. …
… “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 republican [sic],” Spakovsky 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.
“So the idea that the entire rest of the country and many of the electors who cast their ballots yesterday were racist in voting for Trump is just an insult to Americans,” Spakovsky added.