According to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Democratic moves to eliminate the Electoral College would lead to massive voter fraud and stolen elections.
“I think if you want to set up a single, nationwide count so we could have … the maximum incentive for Democrats to steal the election, and the maximum incentive for Democrats to have illegal immigrants voting, it’s a terrific idea. I think anyone who believes in having a totally corrupt, nationwide system ought to be in favor of it.”
What does that even mean? How would using the popular vote lead to voter fraud, which is almost non-existent as is? The former Speaker offered absolutely no evidence to support his ridiculous claim, but did fan the conspiracy theory flames by adding:
“But if you think it’s better to have a decentralized system … and by the way, I want to see these candidates for president go to Iowa and go to New Hampshire, and explain why they think in the future, no presidential candidate should worry about anyplace except New York and California.”
Sorry, Newt, but merely carrying California and New York would still not provide the votes necessary to win a popular election victory. The numbers simply don’t add up.
The Electoral College was set up by the Founding Fathers for one purpose and one purpose only, Time reported back in 2016:
“In a direct election system, the North would outnumber the South, whose many slaves (more than half a million in all) of course could not vote. But the Electoral College—a prototype of which Madison proposed in this same speech—instead let each southern state count its slaves, albeit with a two-fifths discount, in computing its share of the overall count.”
In other words, Gingrich wants to maintain a system that was put in place so slaves could be counted by slave owners. Does that sound like something we have need of in 21st century America?
Gingrich and his GOP colleagues are terrified of election by popular vote because they know they will never again win a presidential race if their beloved Electoral College is consigned to the dustbin of history where it belongs.
Fox’s Newt Gingrich bizarrely claims that eliminating the electoral college creates “maximum incentive for Democrats to steal the election, and the maximum incentive for Democrats to have illegal immigrants voting.” pic.twitter.com/ZaNc99ivbD
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) April 3, 2019
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