"The Founding Fathers wanted the people to have a say, there was concern that a charismatic tyrant could manipulate public opinion and come into power. Alexander Hamilton briefly addressed these concerns in the Federalist Papers. The idea was that the electors would be a group of people who would ensure that a qualified person would become president"

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If the electors are a group of people who ensure a "qualified president" would make it to the White House, and our Standing President (and many others) believe Mr. Trump is not qualified to serve and Secretary Clinton won the popular vote, why hasn't the Electoral College exercised their right to keep Mr. Trump from winning the general election?

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    Possible duplicate of Is the result of the general election final on 8th of Nov, 2016? – K Dog Nov 9 '16 at 23:01
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    Please see the link. The reasons for the electoral college are not because of partisan wishful thinking. – K Dog Nov 9 '16 at 23:03
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    You have it backwards. These elections are to chose the Electoral College, which still has not convened and has done nothing. Later on, the Electoral College will meet and chose the President. "Trump has won the general election" means that most of the members of the College have pledged to vote for him as President when they meet and that with almost total certainty Trump will be the next President, but formally nobody still has voted for him as such. – SJuan76 Nov 9 '16 at 23:21
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    I think that this question addresses your issues better than the one K Dog linked to: politics.stackexchange.com/questions/79/… – SJuan76 Nov 9 '16 at 23:28
  • The Electoral College has no sway on the general election. It is not their job to silence the voice of the People. Barack Hussein Obama II has almost opposite views of the world compared to President Donald Trump. Do you actually believe that Obama would say that Trump is qualified? Of course not. That would be denying typical human actions. Clinton won the popular vote by about 2.1 million. So... ? – American Patriot Feb 18 '17 at 2:13

There are several reasons that people support the Electoral College system today. One of them is indeed that the electors could choose to vote against a demagogue. That hasn't ever happened. There have been faithless electors—those who don't vote for the candidate they're pledged to—but never very many and never enough to influence the outcome.

Since you're asking why we have the system though, I should emphasize that there are other reasons why it exists. These include the original notions of our federal system and the sovereignty of the states; and balances of power between various groups, such as large vs. small states and urban vs. rural. Further reasons may be debated, such as the idea that it helped entrench slavery.

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    From Wikipedia : A demagogue is a leader in a democracy who gains popularity by exploiting prejudice and ignorance among the common people, whipping up the passions of the crowd and shutting down reasoned deliberation. Demagogues have usually advocated immediate, violent action to address a national crisis while accusing moderate and thoughtful opponents of weakness or disloyalty. Demagogues overturn established customs of political conduct, or promise or threaten to do so. Most who were elected to high office changed their democracy into some form of dictatorship. – Tom-Tom Dec 2 '16 at 19:11
  • Why did you say that the states are sovereign? According the Constitution, or how it was designed, the People are the sovereign. – American Patriot Feb 18 '17 at 2:18

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