Dana Perino reacted Wednesday on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" to New York U.S. House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calling for the abolition of the electoral college.

Ocasio-Cortez (D-Bronx) called the system a "shadow of slavery's power."

Perino said the last time Democrats were fired up over the electoral college was after the 2000 election when President Bush won the electoral vote, but Al Gore won the popular vote -- a result compounded by a Supreme Court ruling in favor of Bush.

Carlson noted that President Lincoln did not win the popular vote, but was elected because of the Electoral College -- then went on to end slavery.

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"The idea that [the electoral college] is racist is preposterous," Perino said.

Perino said part of Democrats' reasoning for crying foul over the system is because "they're struggling to find a message."

"The founders really wanted our country to be a Federalist system," she said, adding that those Democrats like Ocasio-Cortez are "not understanding our history."

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