More and more 2020 Democrats are coming out in favor of eliminating the Electoral College.
The latest is former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, who jumped into the 2020 race back in January. He toldBuzzFeed News on Wednesday that the U.S. should "do away with" the Electoral College.
Castro's comments came after Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) backed the idea during a town hall event on Monday, prompting some of her fellow Democrats to voice their agreement — or at least start entertaining the idea. Former congressman Beto O'Rourke said on Tuesday that there's "a lot of wisdom" in the idea of abolishing the Electoral College, while Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said that she is "open to the discussion."
This is the latest example of a policy proposal sweeping through the 2020 Democratic field and creating a sort of Domino effect, with one previous example being reparations for black Americans, which Harris came out in support of in February. This was followed by similar statements from Warren and Castro. Warren wasn't the first of the 2020 Democrats to call for ditching the Electoral College, though, with South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg having backed the idea in January, telling CBS This Morningthe system "needs to go."
President Trump, who was elected thanks to the Electoral College system, spoke in favor of it on Tuesday, saying that "I used to like the idea of the popular vote, but now realize the Electoral College is far better for the U.S.A." Brendan Morrow