This past Friday, Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) made the claim that he was quite overly bothered by the constitutionally-mandated manner that acts as a guide for just how presidents are elected, explaining that the Electoral College is “an accident waiting to happen.”
As a result of being a constitutional law professor prior to his stint as a sitting member of Congress, stated to Chris Hayes, a host with MSNBC, that the system in its entirety was overly “vulnerable” and that the Electoral College had allowed room for “strategic bad faith actors” such as former President Donald Trump.
Former Constitutional law professor and sitting congressman has a problem with the constitutional manner in which presidents are elected: "The Electoral College is *an accident waiting to happen* and we have to deal with that at some point in American history." pic.twitter.com/pF5scFAuiU
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“Final question for you. You were a constitutional law professor before you were a United States Congressman. I wanted to hear you talk about these different aspects of an inquiry or making the case here,” started Todd, highlighting that the January 6th Committee that Raskin was a member of did not have the power needed to prosecute former President Trump.
“Your committee doesn’t have criminal prosecutorial power, and nor should it, it’s a congressional committee,” he went on. “There’s a difference between what I would call the great crime of Donald Trump, which was a frontal assault on the core of American democracy, and whatever statutory violation of the U.S. code he may have committed. Sometimes, it can feel a little bit like a mismatch there, and I wanna know what you think about those two lanes.”
“Obviously, we’re gonna need some legislative changes to the criminal code, to account for, now the possibility of presidents taking a headlong rush at seizing the Presidency,” expressed Raskin. “But there are federal statutes out there that will do the job. We have course have seditious conspiracy. We have conspiracy to interfere with the federal proceeding, which I think everybody can agree took place here. After, all the whole chant was ‘stop the steal.'”
Raskin continued his statements to try and insist that the riot that took place on Capitol Hill had been expressly planned out prior to the events.
“So, yeah, I think that we will have to look at some new federal statutory changes,” Raskin went on. “And we have to look at the way that the electoral system itself is vulnerable to strategic bad faith actors like Donald Trump. The Electoral College is an accident waiting to happen and we have to deal with that at some point in American history. Why not now?”