Hillary Clinton demanded that the Electoral College be abolished in an interview Wednesday during her What Happened book tour, threatening that if the system stays in place she will never run for president again.
The former First Lady said in an interview with Anderson Cooper on CNN that in light of President Trump’s landslide Electoral College victory it was time for the United States to change the way presidents are elected.
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She said: ‘I think it needs to be eliminated,’ Clinton responded to Cooper. ‘I’d like to see us move beyond it, yes.’
Clinton won the popular vote by 3 million votes, but didn’t cinch the election because Trump won the Electoral College. He earned 304 Electoral College votes and she won 227.
President Trump took to Twitter Wednesday evening, saying: ‘Crooked Hillary Clinton blames everybody (and every thing) but herself for her election loss. She lost the debates and lost her direction!‘
Five minutes later, the commander in chief followed up: ‘The “deplorables” came back to haunt Hillary. They expressed their feelings loud and’ clear. She spent big money but, in the end, had no game!’
Mail Online reports: Citing evidence, Trump has previously disputed that Clinton won the popular vote and started a voter fraud investigation.
The president has also said is more difficult to win the Electoral College and has shared maps of what states went red versus blue on Twitter.
Clinton is promoting her book What Happened which is about her devastating loss to the president. Her new book, which hit book stores Tuesday, attempts to explain why she lost the election.
Each state is given a certain amount of electoral votes, depending on their population. So a populous state like California has 55 electoral votes while a small state like North Dakota has just three.
In 48 states, electors must cast a vote for the candidate who wins the state’s popular vote. So even if the votes are split nearly 50-50, as was the case in Florida in 2016, Trump still won all 29 of the states electoral votes because he won the popular vote by a thin margin.