Ocasio-Cortez under fire for comments on Electoral College

Ocasio-Cortez under fire for comments on Electoral College

August 26, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


DEFORESTATION. HITTING BACK ON TWITTER SAYING HE IS OVERREACTING FOR POLITICAL REASONS.>>WE ARE COMING TO YOU LIVE FROM THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE, MANY VOTES HERE, AS YOU CAN SEE. VERY EFFICIENT WAY TO LEADERSHIP OF THE COUNTRY.>>Sandra: THAT WAS ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ, THE DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS WOMAN CATCHING HEAT IN THE HEARTLAND OVER THAT INSTAGRAM VIDEO WHERE SHE IS CALLING THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE OF RACIST SCAM. THIS IS THE FEDERAL JUDGMENT DEALS A MAJOR BLOW TO PROGRESSIVE EFFORTS TO REPLACE THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE WITH A NATIONWIDE POPULAR VOTE. LET’S BRING IN THE FORMER COUNSEL TO THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WHO JOINS US NOW. GOOD MORNING AGREED TO HAVE YOU HERE THIS MORNING. YOU HEARD THE DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSMAN THERE MAKE THAT POINT. WHAT DID YOU THINK?>>I THINK IT IS PART OF A SERIES OF EFFORTS THAT ARE INCREASINGLY POPULAR ON THE PROGRESSIVE LEFT TO GO AFTER THE FUNDAMENTAL PARTS OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL STRUCTURE AND DELEGITIMIZE THEM AND USE INFLAMMATORY TERMS. OBVIOUSLY, THERE ARE COMPLICATED BUT SOUND ARGUMENTS FOR THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE WHICH WERE LAID OUT IN “THE FEDERALIST” PAPERS BY OUR FOUNDERS. I THINK THIS SERVES THE COUNTRY WELL FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS, CERTAINLY RECKLESS TO CALL THEM RACIST. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CHANGE THE ELECTORAL SYSTEM, SHE IS FREE TO ADVOCATE FOR CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO DO SO BUT THIS KIND OF LANGUAGE IS REALLY, REALLY DESTRUCTIVE COMING FROM A MEMBER OF CONGRESS.>>Sandra: MEANWHILE, EXPAND ON WHAT WE ARE SEEING FROM THIS FEDERAL COURT AS YOU SEE ON THE FoxNews.com HEADLINE UNDERCUTTING PROGRESSIVE EFFORTS TO NULLIFY THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE, WHERE ELECTORS CAN VOTE FREELY. WHAT WAS THE DECISION MADE?>>THIS IS ABOUT FAITHLESS ELECTORS AND THE RIGHT OF MEMBERS OF THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE TO VOTE THEIR CONSCIENCE WHICH IS THE ORIGINAL CONSTITUTIONAL DESIGN AND LOTS OF FOLKS ON THE LEFT WHO DON’T LIKE THE SYSTEM HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR WAYS WHERE STATES CAN MAYBE FORCE THE HAND OF THEIR ELECTORS AND THAT IS NOT GOING TO WORK MOST LIKELY. IF YOU WANT TO RESTRUCTURE THE SYSTEM, YOU NEED TO THINK ABOUT USING THE TOOLS THE FOUNDERS GAVE US WHICH IS ARTICLE FIVE OF THE CONSTITUTION AND THE AMENDMENT PROCESS. OBVIOUSLY SPEAKING OUT IN PARTICULAR, THE SENATOR REACTING TO WHAT SHE HEARD THERE, SHE SAID ACTUALLY TWEETING DIRECTLY AT HER, ELIMINATING THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE WOULD SILENCE OUR VOICES HERE IN IOWA AND MANY OTHER STATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. SHE THEN MADE THE CASE AND THAT TWEAK, THIS IS JUST MORE EVIDENCE OF HOW OUT OF TOUCH THE DEMOCRATS HAVE BECOME. WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS OF ALL OF THIS IS YOU LOOK AT THE LEGAL ASPECTS OF WHAT IS BEING DISCUSSED AS WE QUICKLY APPROACH 2020?>>IT IS JUST UNFORTUNATE THAT WE SEE THESE TWO SIDES OF THE COUNTRY COMING APART AND THE LEFT CASTING MUCH OF THE FEDERAL STRUCTURE, THE EXISTENCE OF THE SENATE, THE EXISTENCE OF THE FILIBUSTER, THE SEPARATION OF POWER, ALL LEGITIMATE AND ALL PART OF A CONSPIRACY WE NEED TO FIND WAYS TO COME TOGETHER AS A COUNTRY WHICH IS WHAT THAT STRUCTURE IS MEANT TO DO. IT IS MEANT TO CREATE A SYSTEM IN WHICH PEOPLE FROM GREAT CONCENTRATIONS OF WEALTH AND POWER THE CITY OF NEW YORK WHERE CONGRESSWOMAN COMES FROM. IF IT IS MEANT TO MAKE THEM APPEAL TO THE BROAD SWATH OF THE COUNTRY TO RURAL AREAS AS WELL AS URBAN AND HOPEFULLY THE SAME WOULD HAPPEN VICE VERSA.>>Sandra: IT IS BACK AND FORTH IN THE DISCUSSION AND AT