WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump appears to have had a change of heart about the Electoral College.
On Tuesday, Trump tweeted praise for the system.
The Electoral College is actually genius in that it brings all states, including the smaller ones, into play. Campaigning is much different!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2016
However, many were quick to point out that he didn’t always feel that way.
In 2012, Trump called it a “disaster for a democracy.”
The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012
Trump won the presidential election last week by virtue of the Electoral College even though Hillary Clinton continues to lead the popular vote by about 1 million votes.
It will be the fifth time a president has been elected by winning the Electoral College but not the popular vote. The last time was George W. Bush in 2000.
California Sen. Barbara Boxer plans to introduce legislation to eliminate the Electoral College and have presidential elections decided by popular vote, NBC4 Los Angeles reported Tuesday.
“The Electoral College is an outdated, undemocratic system that does not reflect our modern society, and it needs to change immediately. Every American should be guaranteed that their vote counts,” Boxer said.
Boxer’s legislation would be the first step to amend the U.S. Constitution. Two-thirds of the House of Representatives and Senate must pass the proposed amendment, then must be passed by three-fourths of the states.