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Trump: I would rather have presidential election based on the popular vote
The Hill ^ | 04/26/18 | Brett Samuels

Posted on 04/26/2018 12:30:13 PM PDT by Simon Green

President Trump on Thursday argued that he'd rather see the presidential election be determined based on the popular vote than the current Electoral College system, claiming it would be "much easier to win."

"They also like to always talk about [the] Electoral College. Well, it's an election based on the Electoral College. I would rather have a popular election, but it's a totally different campaign," Trump said during an interview with "Fox & Friends."

"It's as though you're running — if you're a runner you're practicing for the 100-yard dash as opposed to the one mile," he continued. "The Electoral College is different. I would rather have the popular vote, because it's — to me, it's much easier to win."

Trump defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, securing 304 electoral votes to Clinton's 207.

However, Clinton defeated Trump in the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes.

Trump has claimed without any evidence that his defeat in the popular vote was due to widespread voter fraud.

The president has frequently touted his election victory in the 15 months he’s been in office, often explaining that it is difficult for a Republican to win the general election based on the way votes are divvied up in the Electoral College.

A month after the election, Trump took to Twitter to claim that he would have performed "even better" in the 2016 campaign if it had been based on the popular vote.

"Campaigning to win the Electoral College is much more difficult & sophisticated than the popular vote. Hillary focused on the wrong states!" he tweeted, referencing his Democratic opponent.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2020; electoralcollege; popularvote; trump; voterfraud
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1 posted on 04/26/2018 12:30:13 PM PDT by Simon Green
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To: Simon Green

Uh... no.


2 posted on 04/26/2018 12:32:24 PM PDT by chris37 ("I am everybody." -Mark Robinson)
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To: Simon Green

LOL, sit back and watch the MARXISTS heads explode at this one.


3 posted on 04/26/2018 12:33:30 PM PDT by WashingtonFire (President Trump - it's like having your dad as President)
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To: Simon Green

Stupid. So the five most populated states will determine who’ll be president.


4 posted on 04/26/2018 12:34:30 PM PDT by SkyDancer ( ~ Just Consider Me A Random Fact Generator ~ Eat Sleep Fly Repeat ~)
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To: Simon Green
Now...Trump is playing here....He constantly debates himself. I think it's a riot cuz the media doesn't know what the hell to do.

Trump didn't really campaign in Ca or NY. Why bother...between the illegal and dead vote, they are Dem states. He was respectful to both states however.

5 posted on 04/26/2018 12:34:35 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Simon Green

Easier to win for who? Ones gotta win and ones gotta lose.


6 posted on 04/26/2018 12:34:45 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Simon Green
YUGE mistake!!!

The electoral college ensures a representative vote. A popular vote would ensure that NY, CA, and FL would decide every election.

7 posted on 04/26/2018 12:35:18 PM PDT by Jim 0216 (MAGA by restoring the Gospel of the Grace of Christ and our Free Constitutional Republic!)
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To: Simon Green; Donald J Trump

It’s nice that you have an opinion, Donny-boy, but you don’t get to make that decision. There’s a lot more to America than California and New York. I thought you knew that. You’ll still have to campaign for the votes from us rubes in “Flyover Country”.


8 posted on 04/26/2018 12:35:47 PM PDT by NorthMountain (... the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed)
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To: Simon Green

He hasn’t thought this through.

With a popular vote, instead of the effects of a major voter fraud effort being confined to the state in which it occurs (and the electoral votes of that state) it would affect the national tally.

The Democrats would have an incentive to undertake voter fraud everywhere in the country, not just in their corrupt urban precincts in the close states.


9 posted on 04/26/2018 12:36:08 PM PDT by Meet the New Boss
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To: Sacajaweau

I think Trump is trolling the press and the Dems...


10 posted on 04/26/2018 12:36:23 PM PDT by kosciusko51
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To: SkyDancer

Don’t you know Trump by now. He’s throwing the press a bone. Too funny....Can’t wait till Hillary declares that she won!!


11 posted on 04/26/2018 12:36:25 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Simon Green

He would have lost.
We should never let go of the electoral college.
It makes it a 50 state election.


12 posted on 04/26/2018 12:36:47 PM PDT by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizen Means Born Here of Citizen Parents__Know Islam, No Peace - No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: Simon Green

I’ll keep the EC, but Trump is right. If it were a PV contest in 2016, he would have campaigned like crazy in NY, CA, IL, NJ, TX, etc., and he would have won the PV.


13 posted on 04/26/2018 12:36:57 PM PDT by Genoa (Luke 12:2)
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To: Simon Green

I see what he did there!


14 posted on 04/26/2018 12:37:11 PM PDT by DungeonMaster (...the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light...)
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To: Simon Green

Do that and New York,Chicago and LA will get to choose.I like things the way they are.


15 posted on 04/26/2018 12:38:18 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (You Say "White Privilege"...I Say "Protestant Work Ethic")
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To: SkyDancer
Stupid. So the five most populated states CITIES will determine who’ll be president.

Fixed it.

16 posted on 04/26/2018 12:38:24 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: Simon Green

He’s trolling. Haven’t people figured that out yet?


17 posted on 04/26/2018 12:38:40 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: Simon Green
Trump has a tendency to not think things through. If we had direct election of POTUS, the USA would soon look like North Venezuela. Can you imagine what all the "dreamers" and "tribesmen" and "swishers" and "northeasterners" would vote in?

Direct election of senators is bad enough, and we may not survive even that in the long run. Might as well have a unicameral legislature.
 

18 posted on 04/26/2018 12:39:47 PM PDT by Governor Dinwiddie (MAGA in the mornin', MAGA in the evenin', MAGA at suppertime . . .)
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To: WashingtonFire

I love Trump’s art!


19 posted on 04/26/2018 12:39:54 PM PDT by Enduro Guy (Always cov fe'fe)
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To: Simon Green

Trump: I would rather have presidential election based on the popular vote

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Well, I would rather return to land owning males as the electorate.

That ain’t gonna happen either.


20 posted on 04/26/2018 12:39:57 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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