Newt Gingrich: Eliminating the Electoral College would give 'maximum incentive for Democrats to steal the election'
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On Wednesday, former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich attacked the new constitutional amendment put forward by four Democratic senators to abolish the Electoral College on "Fox & Friends." According to Gingrich, if the Electoral College is eliminated, it would be open season for election fraud.

"I think if you want to set up a single, nationwide count so we could have ... the maximum incentive for Democrats to steal the election, and the maximum incentive for Democrats to have illegal immigrants voting, it's a terrific idea," said Gingrich. "I think anyone who believes in having a totally corrupt, nationwide system ought to be in favor of it."

Gingrich offered no explanation for why he thinks it would be easier to rig 50 states' election systems under a national popular vote than the Electoral College, where a handful of states and precincts decide everything.

"But if you think it's better to have a decentralized system ... and by the way, I want to see these candidates for president go to Iowa and go to New Hampshire, and explain why they think in the future, no presidential candidate should worry about anyplace except New York and California," Gingrich added.

New York and California are just 18 percent of the U.S. population and could not decide anything unilaterally — a national popular vote would likely put more states in play than are electorally significant now. Moreover, eliminating the Electoral College would still let individual states manage the election, so it would continue to be a "decentralized system."

The United States is one of the only presidential republics in the world that does not elect its president directly. While the Electoral College has skewed toward both parties in various elections, it favored Republicans in the only two recent elections — 2000 and 2016 — where the popular vote winner did not match the electoral vote.

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