We are in a moment of reckoning over racism, not only taking down Confederate statues to eradicate these lingering odes to white supremacy but also examining how deeply our society has been shaped by slavery and its aftermath. Last year, the New York Times’ 1619 Project traced the influence of slavery on everything from American capitalism to the American diet. Today, individuals, brands, and lawmakers are taking stock. In this reappraisal, the Electoral College is likewise due for a second look.
In the last five elections, the Electoral College has handed the presidency to two Republicans who lost the popular vote: George W. Bush in 2000 and Donald Trump in 2016. Looking ahead to the election this November, Democrats harbor a very realistic fear that Trump will again prevail without winning the popular vote.
Donald Trump stood at the presidential podium in the White House Rose Garden on Wednesday and unleashed a torrent of criticism on his Democratic opponent, turning the press conference into a campaign event.
“In a time when truth is under assault, [Fauci] has always been straight with us,” the ad says. “While Trump lied.”