Dem Rep. Steve Cohen claims Electoral College ‘conceived in sin’ to perpetuate slavery

Dem Rep. Steve Cohen claims Electoral College ‘conceived in sin’ to perpetuate slavery
Steve Cohen (Image: YouTube screen grab)

Along with packing the Supreme Court and lowering the voting age to 16, almost all of the candidates for the Democratic nomination for president have signed on to the idea of abolishing the Electoral College. This in turn has generated a good deal of discussion in the media.

One of the most illuminating reactions to the plan comes from David French, who notes at National Review that the Democrats’ case against the Electoral College is built on a “partisan fiction.” French explains that Democratic optimism that eliminating the Electoral College will ensure their success at the polls is based on “a political race that no one is actually running. There is not a single sensible political strategist who has ever plotted out a presidential race for the purpose of winning the popular vote.” He adds:

…[N]o one can state with confidence who would have won the 2016 race if the national popular vote determined the outcome. The strategy would be completely different. Candidates would message differently, campaign in different states, and engage in radically different ad buys. …

But reality sandwiches like this have not stopped the Democrats from dreaming — or inventing their own personal arguments for abolishing the Electoral College. One of the most fanciful to date was spawned by Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee, who claims that the Electoral College was “conceived in sin” as a way to perpetuate slavery.

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“The country is different than it was when the Constitution was drafted,” he told CNN, the network that misrepresented James Madison in a propaganda effort to help Democrats undermine and destroy the Constitution. Cohen explained:

When the Constitution was drafted, a lot of it had to do with slavery.

The slave states wanted equal representation in the Senate because they wanted to keep slavery. The slave states wanted to have an Electoral College to where the members that they had in Congress counted towards the vote of president, where the slaves counted as two-thirds, and in the popular vote they would count as zero. So the slaves states didn’t want a popular election because their slaves wouldn’t count towards voting and the slaves states would have less [sic] votes.

Note to Cohen: Slavery was eliminated over 150 years ago at the cost of over 600,000 lives.

Cohen also took his bizarre argument to Twitter, where he heard back from a few of his constituents:

This was not the first time Cohen went mano a mano with the founders over the Electoral College. At the beginning of the current session of Congress, he put forth a Constitutional Amendment to abolish the Electoral College and a number of Democrat-run states have joined the effort.

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