Tom Perez is the new chairman of the DNC as of February this year and he actually believes that the Electoral College is not a creation of the US Constitution. I wonder where this guy slept during class at Harvard, but let that go. Tom Perez made that extraordinary ignorant claim as he was giving a lecture to students at Indiana University Law School (yes, he actually gives lectures to law students).
Tom Perez claimed that the Electoral College doesn’t have to be there, whilst arguing that popular vote is preferable as the standard in the US presidential election.Perez has said:
“The Electoral College is not a creation of the Constitution. It doesn’t have to be there. There’s a national popular vote compact in which a number of states have passed a bill that says we will allocate our vote, our electoral votes, to the person who wins the national popular vote once other states totaling 270 electoral votes do the same.”
Obviously, Tom Perez’s notion that the Electoral College is not part of the US Constitution is patently false. Article II of the Constitution is very clear on this issue, as it outlines the electoral process:states must appoint electors, who then meet and vote for the POTUS:
“Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector,”
How on Earth does Perez have a law degree and has worked as a civil rights attorney is beyond me. What the heck do they teach at Harvard law school nowadays?