'A Shadow of Slavery's Power on America Today': Ocasio-Cortez Calls for Abolishing Electoral College
'It is well past time we eliminate the Electoral College.'
Democratic socialist congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is pushing for the Electoral College to be abolished.
Ocasio-Cortez -- who surprisingly won the Democratic primary in New York's 14th congressional district earlier this year -- responded over the weekend to a Twitter user who pointed out that two presidents who both lost the popular vote -- George W. Bush and Donald Trump -- have now placed four justices on the Supreme Court.
"It is well past time we eliminate the Electoral College, a shadow of slavery’s power on America today that undermines our nation as a democratic republic," Ocasio-Cortez wrote.
It is well past time we eliminate the Electoral College, a shadow of slavery’s power on America today that undermines our nation as a democratic republic. https://t.co/00HZN3MI6F
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) October 6, 2018
It is far from the first time that a comment from Ocasio-Cortez raised eyebrows. She got her political colors mixed up while on the campaign trail in July, and she was roundly criticized for flubbing an interview question in which she criticized Israel’s "occupation” of the Palestinian territories.
The political newcomer has been under the media spotlight as she gains support for her Democratic socialist promises, like free health care and college tuition.
On "Fox & Friends" Monday, Republican strategist Ford O'Connell noted some of Ocasio-Cortez's previous controversial statements and gaffes, calling her "the gift that keeps on giving."
"Democrats constantly want to change the game every time they don't get their way," O'Connell said, pointing out that the 2016 election was the fifth time that the candidate who won the Electoral College didn't win the popular vote.
Democratic strategist Howard Franklin countered that Ocasio-Cortez is not a spokesperson for the broader Democratic Party, although some Republicans act as if she is.
"Certainly she's one in 435 -- or she will be when the next Congress is sworn in," Franklin said. "But I think we're making a big issue out of something that isn't really a big issue yet."
O'Connell said Ocasio-Cortez is a loud voice on the left and her ideas are "so out there" that Republicans would be foolish not to highlight them.
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