Ginsburg: I Would Back Changing the Electoral College
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg suggested she would support changing the Electoral College system.
The Hill reports:
“There are some things I would like to change, one is the Electoral College,” she said late Monday at Stanford Law School in California, according to CNN.
“But that would require a constitutional amendment, and amending our Constitution is powerfully hard to do,” she added.
Ginsburg also lamented partisan divisions in Congress, which she said hurt the confirmation process for justices.
“I wish there was a way I could wave a magic wand and put back when people were respectful of each other and the Congress was working for the good of the country and not just along party lines,” she said.
“Someday there will be great people, great elected representatives who will say, ‘enough of this nonsense, let’s be the kind of legislature the United States should have,’” the 83-year-old judge added. “I hope that day will come when I’m still alive.”
Ginsburg’s remarks follow President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court’s vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Gorsuch sits on Colorado’s 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
Trump also reportedly told congressional leaders he was considering eliminating the Electoral College late last month.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) purportedly talked Trump out of the idea, citing the length of a recount for a national popular vote on the presidency. McConnell allegedly raised the grueling recount in Florida during the 2000 election cycle.
Trump won the Electoral College in November but lost the popular vote to 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton by nearly three million votes. He has since repeatedly insisted voter fraud helped Clinton beat him in last year’s popular vote.
Trump said in an interview aired Sunday he would have Vice President Mike Pence oversee a special commission to investigate voter fraud.
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