In order to have a "real democracy" you need one person, one vote. The electoral college was put in place originally because the ruling elite wanted another check on the power of the people ostensibly in case they went crazy and elected someone clearly unsuitable. Perhaps they had in mind a case of mass hysteria like the Salem witch trials or other such manifestion of a later social sickness like that of Nazi Germany or Mussolini's Italy. In any case, you need an educated electorate to manifest change democratically. That is apparently not the case with Mr. Trump's base.