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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Trump Sought to Scrap Electoral College

Trump Sought to Scrap Electoral College

President Donald Trump reportedly floated the idea of scrapping the Electoral College, according to The Wall Street Journal. In a meeting with congressional leadership at the White House this week, Trump reportedly told the lawmakers he wanted to replace the Electoral College with a national popular vote. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shot down the idea, pointing specifically to the costly Florida recount in 2000 and the potential headache it could cause if such a recount were conducted on the level of the entire country. Trump’s reported consideration of scrapping the Electoral College comes despite having lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton, and still won the presidency because of the required 270 electoral vote threshold he crossed. After losing the popular vote by several million ballots, Trump has called for an investigation into alleged widespread voter fraud, for which there is no evidence.

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