Talk to any constitutional lawyer and they will explain to you how the Electoral College was put in place as a safeguard against the dangers of a purely representative democracy. The founding fathers cautioned against endowing absolute power of election to a population which can be swayed by a charismatic figure with “talents for low intrigue and the little arts of popularity” and maintained that a buffering body is necessary to safeguard against the hazard of any elected leader who may threaten the very state and principles of America. If ever there was a moment in American history where it is imperative that the Electoral College fulfill its duty of oversight, this is it.
While I’m all in favor of the popular vote being what is used to decide the presidency, I’m not in favor of whitewashing the real reason for the electoral college, which was to protect the interest of slave states. The American left will never get its shit together if it can’t stop overlooking the racist legacy of the United States.