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Democratic Socialist Ocasio-Cortez wants to abolish Electoral College: ‘Shadow of slavery’s power’

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Democratic Socialist sweetheart Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has issued a rallying cry to get rid of the Electoral College, saying that it's reminiscent of slavery.

What are the details?

In a Saturday tweet, Ocasio-Cortez, who won the Democratic primary in New York state's 14th Congressional District in June in a shocking turn of events, wrote that she believes the Electoral College should be abolished.

"It is well past time we eliminate the Electoral College, a shadow of slavery’s power on America today that undermines our nation as a democratic republic," she wrote.

Ocasio-Cortez was responding to Julia Ioffe's tweet that two presidents who lost the U.S. popular vote — President Donald Trump and former President George W. Bush — appointed four Supreme Court justices.

Ioffe, a GQ magazine correspondent, tweeted, "We are a country where two presidents who both lost the popular vote have now placed four justices on the Supreme Court. Democracy in action."

Anything else?

This isn't the first time that Ocasio-Cortez has compared something to slavery that isn't actually akin to slavery.

In July, Ocasio-Cortez likened electing Democrats to ending slavery while stumping for Democratic congressional candidate James Thompson in Kansas with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

In extensive and convoluted remarks, Ocasio-Cortez said, "I learned that Kansas was founded in a struggle over the conscience of this nation. It was when we were deciding who we wanted to be as a country. It was when we were deciding who we wanted to be with the Kansas-Nebraska Act. The people who were … leading this nation said, ‘You decide’ to the people. ‘You decide: Are we going to be a slave state or are we going to be a free state?’ And it was in 1861 that the people of Kansas decided that we were going to be a free nation.

"Back then, the people of Kansas were the tipping point for the future of this nation, and today, they are again," She added. ";… But what this moment requires of us, just as it was in 1861, what this moment requires of us is for everyday people to do more than they have ever done before to reclaim the soul of this nation."

You can read more about the background and impacts of The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, which introduced by former Sen. Stephen Douglas (D-Ill.), here.

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