Despite beating Donald Trump in the popular vote by more than 600,000 votes at last count, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was handily defeated in the electoral vote count in last week's presidential election.
The dissonance between those two results upset many of her supporters, and has prompted a renewed look at whether America ought to elect its presidents by a straightforward popular vote.
Trump himself expressed frustration at the Electoral College system in 2012, calling it a “disaster” on social media:
The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012
Joining Chicago Tonight to discuss the election outcome, the history and function of the Electoral College, and the arguments for and against it are Wayne Steger of DePaul University; and Juan Perea of Loyola University Chicago.
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