Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) expressed his belief Sunday that the constitutionally mandated Electoral College is “an accident waiting to happen.”
The former constitutional law professor was a guest on MSNBC’s “All in with Chris Hayes” when he said that the system is vulnerable to “bad faith actors like Donald Trump.”
“Congressman Jamie Raskin…took issue…with the constitutionally-mandated manner in which presidents are elected, calling the Electoral College ‘an accident waiting to happen.’”https://t.co/rR9zRsEMcj
— Unsilenced Majority (@UnsilencedOrg) September 12, 2022
Raskin declared it is “obvious” there are statutory changes needed to the criminal code to prevent a president from attempting to seize the job but then acknowledged that current laws already prevent this. He also insisted that the Jan. 6 riot was planned before.
At that point he moved on to the Electoral College and said that it is an issue that has to be dealt with. His concern focused on possible attempts to grab power, and the congressman said that now is the time to make electoral changes.
It is hardly news that Raskin sees Trump as the enemy. He was appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Jan. 2021, just days after the demonstration at the Capitol, to be the lead manager of the impeachment process for then-president Trump.
As part of Pelosi’s hand-selected Jan. 6 House committee, Raskin has been out in front of the effort to persecute the former president and his supporters.
Recently he called for testimony before the committee from former Vice President Mike Pence, ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and even Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
The sitting congressman who wants to change the Constitution just last week called out Republicans as having the “hallmarks of a fascist political party.” He joined President Joe Biden in that “observation,” which has apparently taken the place of the failed “ultra-MAGA.”
This, of course, followed Biden’s assertion that modern Republicanism is akin to “semi-fascism.”
Raskin defended the president in his divisive statement, saying that fascists do not accept the results of democratic elections and embrace political violence.
It is still, however, unclear just how changing the Electoral College plays into Raskin’s ideas for a better and more secure republic. Perhaps he is simply following along with the Democratic playbook of wanting to delegitimize any government function that does not go their way.