The Electoral College is actually genius in that it brings all states, including the smaller ones, into play. Campaigning is much different!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump sang the praises of the Electoral College on Tuesday.
If the election were based on total popular vote I would have campaigned in N.Y. Florida and California and won even bigger and more easily— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2016
He said it significantly changed his campaign strategy.
Why this is confusing
First of all, Trump won Florida's popular vote as well as the electoral vote. CNN has him ahead of Hillary Clinton by more than 100,000 votes in that state.
So it's not clear why he said he would have campaigned there more to secure the popular vote.
Secondly, Trump has harshly criticized the Electoral College in the past.
The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012
He called it a "disaster" in 2012 after President Obama won a second term.
The college is under fire
Opponents of Trump created a petition to encourage Electoral College electors to vote against Trump, even in states that he won. That petition has more than 4 million signatures.
Critics, such as the liberal New Republic, have argued the Electoral College is outdated.
Only four other times in U.S. history has a presidential candidate won the popular vote but lost the electoral vote -- Hillary Clinton is on pace to be the fifth.
If Hillary won the popular vote by almost 2,000,000 votes & lost the election - that should guarantee USA's abandoning the electoral college— Holland Taylor (@HollandTaylor) November 14, 2016
Some even saw the demise of the Electoral College as inevitable.
REMEMBER: The same party saying the Electoral College is unfair uses "Super-Delegates" to ensure the people don't nominate the wrong person.— Ned Ryerson (@Crapplefratz) November 14, 2016
But others found liberal criticism of the system hypocritical.
So because Hillary couldn't hold up her blue wall of electoral votes liberals are screaming about electoral college needing to be abolished— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) November 14, 2016
Some conservatives argued liberal attacks on the system were sour grapes.
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