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Trump: Electoral college "far better for the USA" than popular vote

President Trump defended the electoral college system Tuesday night.
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President Trump on Tuesday night defended electoral college after Democratic calls for reform intensified this week, saying popular vote campaigns were much easier.

What he's saying: "The brilliance of the Electoral College is that you must go to many States to win," Trump said in a tweet. "With the Popular Vote, you go to just the large States - the Cities would end up running the Country. Smaller States & the entire Midwest would end up losing all power — & we can’t let that happen. "

Between the lines: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in 2016, but Trump became president after winning 304 electoral votes to Clinton's 227. In a 2012 tweet, Trump called electoral college a "disaster for a democracy." On Tuesday, he said he now realized electoral college is "far better for the U.S.A."

The big picture: Washington, D.C., and 12 states now want to overhaul the electoral college system.