Ocasio-Cortez criticized for calling electoral college a racist scam

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Ocasio-Cortez criticized for calling electoral college a racist scam
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Ocasio-Cortez criticized for calling electoral college a racist scam
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In an Instagram video posted last week, freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez referred to the electoral college as a “scam” as she drove through a rural America. She went on to suggest that the institution is racist, supposedly favoring white voters. The congresswoman is facing some pushback from Heartland politicians, including Iowa Senator Joni Ernst.

“The Electoral College has a racial injustice breakdown,” Ocasio-Cortez said during the video. “Due to severe racial disparities in certain states, the Electoral College effectively weighs white voters over voters of color, as opposed to a ‘one person, one vote’ system where all our votes are counted equally.”

“We’re coming to you live from the electoral college,” the congresswoman said as she began her live stream, mockingly referring to rural America as the electoral college. “Very efficient way to choose leadership of the country,” she continued. “I mean I can’t think of any other way, can you?”

US Senator Joni Ernst, a Republican representing the state of Iowa, condemned Ocasio-Cortez’s statements. “Eliminating the Electoral College would silence our voices here in Iowa and in many other states across the country,” she wrote on Twitter. “This is just more evidence of how out of touch the Democrats have become.”

Republican National Committee spokesperson Elisabeth Harrington also criticized the freshman congresswoman on Twitter. “Ocasio-Cortez (and many 2020 Dem candidates) think it’s a ‘scam’ to allow anyone but coastal elites have a say in our elections,” she wrote.

Although, Ocasio-Cortez isn’t alone in her assessment of the electoral college. Multiple 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have expressed similar views, including Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg. In fact, at the last Democratic debate, Buttigieg proposed eliminating the electoral college.

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