Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) slammed Democrats on Twitter Tuesday, claiming that the reason Democrats are backing the abolishment of the Electoral College is that they “want rural America to go away politically.”
Graham took to the Twittersphere on Tuesday to go after the Democrats following the Monday CNN town hall where fellow Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) declared that she wanted to “get rid of the Electoral College,” becoming the latest Democratic presidential candidate to endorse the idea.
In the tweet, Graham claimed that the Democrats’ “desire to abolish the Electoral College” is being “driven by the idea Democrats want rural America to go away politically.” He then linked out to a Fox News article covering Warren’s remarks on the subject during the town hall.
The desire to abolish the Electoral College is driven by the idea Democrats want rural America to go away politically. https://t.co/ntMBY1bKcw
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) March 19, 2019
Warren — senator from Massachusetts and 2020 Democratic presidential nominee candidate — called for the removal of the Electoral College during a televised CNN town hall in Mississippi, citing that most presidential candidates spend more of their time in swing states such as Florida than non-swing states.
“Every vote matters. And the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting and that means get rid of the Electoral College.”
2020 Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren calls for abolishing the Electoral College and moving to a national popular vote: “Every vote matters” #WarrenTownHall https://t.co/pPFMVywETf pic.twitter.com/yy0J0HgAjc
— CNN (@CNN) March 19, 2019
However, Warren’s plan of an Electoral exodus brings its own fair share of problems, as IJR Red previously reported.
One such problem is the theory that a candidate could take the White House riding on the support from the nine most populous states in the union should the Electoral College be removed from the equation.
Former President George W. Bush defeated former Vice President Al Gore through the Electoral College while losing the popular vote in the 2000 presidential election. President Donald Trump did the same in the 2016 election.
Democratic presidential hopefuls, such as Warren and Southbend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-Ind.), have called for the abolishment of the College, which is laid out in the Constitution. Buttigieg has been quoted as saying that the institution “less and less democratic.”