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But then weren’t we equally disenfranchised in California? When the electoral college was conceived in the 1790s I doubt very much that anyone imagined the wild variations in population density we see today. Every state was agricultural. Virginia and Pennsylvania each had many more people than New York, for example.

The framers wanted to ensure that the president would be elected by geographically widespread appeal, and we got that in 2016. The states that most strongly favored Trump certainly do cover a lot of paper on the map, so sure, that’s geographically widespread. I do not think the framers imagined that such an electoral college victory would ever be possible in the face of such a striking popular defeat. We handed Trump his hat, but because of our arcane and antiquated system he got the job anyway.