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“Blow Up The Entire System”: Don Lemon Calls For Ending Electoral College

“Blow Up The Entire System”: Don Lemon Calls For Ending Electoral College

"Blow Up The Entire System": Don Lemon Calls For Ending Electoral College
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Don Lemon got into a discussion with Chris Cuomo about the subject Monday night.

Don Lemon has advocated for getting rid of the electoral college.

On Monday night, Lemon, while speaking with Chris Cuomo, suggested that ending the electoral college could be a possibility if Joe Biden were to win, allowing Democrats to pass a constitutional amendment to abolish the process.

“We’re gonna have to blow up the entire system,” Lemon said. “And you know what we’re going to have to do, honestly, from what your closing argument is, you’re going to have to get rid of the Electoral College.”

“I don’t see it,” Cuomo responded.

“The minority in this country decides who the judges are and they decide who the president is. Is that fair?” Lemon replied, to which Cuomo answered back: “We’ll need a constitutional amendment to do that.”

“And if Joe Biden wins, Democrats can stack the courts and they can do that amendment and they can get it passed,” Lemon said.

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“Well you need two-thirds vote in the congress and three quarters of the state legislatures,” Cuomo replied.

“Well they may be able to do that,” Lemon said.

Discussions centered around getting rid of the electoral college have become more prominent in recent years, especially amid Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump in 2016 (the latter lost the popular vote by almost 2.9 million votes to the former). Last year, Sen. Elizabeth Warren voiced her support for abolishing the process while in Jackson, Mississippi. Some experts have spoken on removing the electoral college and how plausible of an idea it is.

“Unfortunately, it would take a Constitutional amendment to achieve the kind of reform I think by far best,” Sanford Levinson, a constitutional law expert, told CNN last year. “The proposal simply to award electoral votes to whoever comes in first does nothing at all to assure a genuine majoritarian choice, and it is easy to imagine a truly perverse result should we further fragment into multi-candidacies for the presidency.”

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