Dinesh D’Souza talks to Steve Doocy on Fox & Friends about Democrat candidate, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet which mixes up the Three-Fifths Clause with the Electoral College.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls the Electoral College system a ‘shadow of slavery’s power’ after the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Steve Doocy: Democratic candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the hours after Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court tweeted support for abolishing the Electoral College to prevent more Kavanaughs. Ocasio-Cortez tweeting,
“It is well past time we eliminate the Electoral College, a shadow of slavery’s power on America today that undermines our nation as a Democratic Republic.
Steve Doocy: So, why does the Electoral College matter? Join us right now, Dinesh D’Souza conservative filmmaker and author of Death of a Nation, also a major motion picture available for pre-ordering right now.Dinesh, good morning to you.
Dinesh D’Souza: Good morning
Steve Doocy: When you read her tweet, what did you think she was talking about?
Dinesh D’Souza: Well, first of all I think she is confusing the Electoral College with the Three-Fifths Clause. the Three-Fifths Clause was about slavery and it had to do with a an argument between the North and the South over representation. Ironically the north, which was the anti-slavery side, wanted blacks to count for zero because they wanted to reduce the representative power of the slave states. The South wanted blacks to count for a full person. So the Three-Fifths clause, which is usually presented to show that the founders didn’t consider blacks to be fully human, doesn’t actually show that at all. Now the Electoral College is a different matter. The Electoral College emerges out of this contest between the large states and small states, not an antiquated issue, we have that now. We have large states, we have small states, and if we had a system that gave power only to the large states and small states will essentially be unrepresented, so that’s the whole point of having, remember, the founding, the core of our founding is the consent of the governed. So to create a union the founders needed the consent of the large states and small states. The Electoral College is part of that arithmetic.
Steve Doocy: Sure, but you know, Dinesh, the electoral college has become a talking point for the left, because look at Donald Trump, he won the electoral college but lost the popular vote. Same thing George Bush. So we’ve heard this for a while.
Dinesh D’Souza: We’ve heard it for a while and I think you know what, in this case, I’m not saying we shouldn’t have a debate about this. The problem is that someone once said, don’t take a fense down if you don’t know why it was put up in the first place. The Founders had a very, they had a philosophical statesmanship that tried to have powerful ideas, but implemented in the real world, and the problem is today we don’t understand, our schools don’t do a good job teaching the principles of the Founding, so you can have an intelligent debate about the Founding, so you have this kind of fanaticism.
Steve Doocy: So you’re blaming her education?
Dinesh D’Souza: I’m leaving her professor’s and I’m blaming her.
Steve Doocy: All right. Dinesh D’Souza joining us live. Thank you, Sir.
Dinesh D’Souza: My pleasure.