I didn’t say anything about later.
Benjamin T. Awesome

The electoral college may have later been “justified” with other rhetoric about the idiosyncrasies of the American system of government,

Your words, and the catalyst for my retort.

I don’t think you’re necessarily wrong. I think the effect of your stance is to render the other justifications or arguments as superficial or contrived, and I don’t think that is accurate in consideration of the range of arguments made in favor of the electoral college. Those arguments go back to the very beginning.