April 23, 2020

Now that the Senate has confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, some Democrats are turning their fire on the idea that each state should be equally represented in the upper chamber of Congress. “The idea that North Dakota and New York get the same representation in the Senate has to change,” NBC national security reporter Ken Dilanian tweeted.

Others, like GQ correspondent Julia Ioffe, took issue with the Electoral College, which allowed Presidents George W. Bush and Donald Trump to place four justices on the Court, even though Bush and Trump lost the popular vote in 2000 and 2016, respectively.

One politician who endorsed Ioffe’s argument is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the democratic socialist running to represent New York’s 14th Congressional District:

Ocasio-Cortez isn’t the only high-profile Democrat to embrace this view. “I passionately believe it’s time to abolish the Electoral College,” Hillary Clinton wrote in The Atlantic last month. Clinton’s view isn’t surprising. After all, she earned nearly 3 million more votes than Trump in 2016, but still lost.

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