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Donald Trump praised the Electoral College, which he said was a 'disaster' in 2012


President-elect Donald Trump sang the praises of the Electoral College on Tuesday.

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.

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Critics, such as the liberal New Republic, have argued the Electoral College is outdated.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.

Some even saw the demise of the Electoral College as inevitable.

But others found liberal criticism of the system hypocritical.

Some conservatives argued liberal attacks on the system were sour grapes.

Does the Electoral College need to change in any way?

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