Since the Electoral College no longer has anything to do with the concept of a Constitutional Republic, this argument holds no water. (The EC hasn’t been a “check and balance” on anything since most states began awarding votes based on winner-take-all popular elections.) The Framers never intended the people to choose Electors directly. That was supposed to be accomplished by State Legislatures. The systems was largely designed to protect the interests of minority states; i.e. “slave states”. As slavery is an historic anathema, and as the EC itself has undergone substantial changes over the centuries since America’s founding, there remains no rational argument for keeping this outdated system.