A former constitutional law professor criticized the Electoral College system on Friday, saying that it is a “vestige” of an “earlier vision” of how the U.S. government was going to work.
“The Electoral College is a vestige, it’s a carryover from an earlier vision of how our federal government was going to work that put a lot of premium on states,” President Obama said during an end-of-the-year press conference.
Obama, who once taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago, had been asked by a reporter about thoughts on the Electoral College given that Donald Trump carried it while losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton.
Many Democrats have called for an end to the system in the wake of Trump’s victory. Trump won 74 more electoral votes than Clinton while she received more than 2 million more votes than he did.