New York Times editorial board member (and resident racist) Sarah Jeong tripped over the second grade and crash-landed into a giant civics lesson Friday when she lamented on Twitter that Wyoming has the same number of senators as other states, even though it’s got a smaller population.
good morning! just sitting here drinking coffee and thinking about how the state of wyoming has two senators and a total population smaller than portland, oregon. hbu?— sarah jeong (@sarahjeong) February 21, 2019
Yep. That’s an editorial board member on a major national newspaper who doesn’t understand why American states each have two senators regardless of their population density – and who’s apparently forgotten all about the House of Representatives.
Thankfully, Twitter has not.
i dunno, just over here thinking about how Vt (population 624K), Delaware (952K), & RI (~1M) have the same number of senators as Texas (28M), Ga (10M) and Tenn (7M). Also, RI has one more vote in the House than Mt, even though Mt just surpassed RI’s population. How’s your coffee?— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) February 21, 2019
Maybe when you get to 3rd grade you'll learn about the House of Representatives and it'll make sense— James Rhine (@jamesrhine) February 21, 2019
If only there was a part of the government with representation based on population.....— KSJ49 (@KSJ49) February 21, 2019
It's almost like the framers didn't want Senate representation to be determined by population but wanted each state to have an equal say in national matters in one of the houses of congress... Wonder if they explained that at the time...— JohnnyElvis007 (@JohnnyElvis007) February 21, 2019
Because you think Wyoming is an arbitrarily drawn giant rectangle with 568k people inside it, rather than an actual entity with sovereignty and power which it uses to protect its interests the rights of its inhabitants.— Papist in NOVA (@nova_papist) February 21, 2019
Perhaps, Sarah, the constitutional framers wanted to ensure that certain people - let's say, ignorant elitists in New York City, for example - couldn't run roughshod over citizens in smaller rural areas with their stupid ideas. Just a thought.