[Ed. – This story will be featured in the soon-to-be-published ‘Tall Tales and Myths from the 116th Congress.’]
“The country is different than it was when the Constitution was drafted,” the Tennessee Democrat said Tuesday on CNN. “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,” he said. “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 — in a popular vote they would count as zero. So the slave states didn’t want a popular election because their slaves wouldn’t count towards voting and the slave states would have less votes.”
“This is all conceived in sin and perpetuating slavery on the American people and on the African-American people, directly,” he added.