Target: Democratic and Republican Electoral College Voters
Goal: Unite to elect a dignified and qualified Republican president who is not Donald Trump.
Donald Trump is a lying demagogue who has demonstrated himself to be unfit for the highest office in the land, and yet he is set to become the president-elect on December 19 when the Electoral College votes. Hillary Clinton is a secretive political insider whose public approval ratings were near record lows, and yet she won the popular vote by over 2 million people and still managed to lose the election. Neither of these candidates should be elected to the presidency, and there is a very real way to stop that from happening, but only if patriotic Americans are willing to put their country and their fellow citizens ahead of partisan politics —
First, Democrats must concede that their party lost the election fair and square and recognize that a Republican will, and should be the next president. Love or hate the disproportionate nature of the Electoral College, it is the law of the land, and we are a land of laws. By throwing their support behind a qualified and dignified Republican like Mitt Romney for the presidency, Democrats can demonstrate their love of country over love of party, and will open the door for Republicans to do the same.
Second, Republicans must recognize that Donald Trump is an existential threat to our democracy, our republic and world peace. If Trump was currently president, he would have already violated Article 1, Section 6, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution, also known as the “Emoluments Clause,” due to his pursuit of personal financial gain from foreign leaders and state run companies. Trump was enthusiastically supported in his campaign by the Russian secret police and encouraged them to hack his political opponent’s computer, his top adviser is a Soviet Leninist, and his national security adviser re-tweets fake news stories created by foreign spammers. By opposing Trump’s Electoral College vote for these reasons, Republicans can demonstrate the type of patriotism and genuine concern for America’s best interests that the entire country has been desperately seeking.
As for the procedure required to stop Trump, it is written right into the Constitution and is designed for situations just like the one we face. To become president, a candidate must receive 270 votes when the Electoral College meets on Dec. 19. In Federalist Paper 68, Alexander Hamilton argued that the Electoral College should determine if candidates are qualified, not engaged in demagogy, and independent from foreign influence. This principle is ingrained in our Constitution and should be used to soundly reject Trump’s ignorance, demagogy and foreign influence and corruption.
Unfortunately, even if Trump fails to receive the 270 required votes, that simply sends the vote to the House of Representatives, where Trump will likely be elected. However, if all Democratic electors pledge to vote for a single Republican who is not Trump, that means only 38 Republican electors would need to join them, in order to officially elect that person to the presidency. So, for example, if Hillary Clinton asked her electors to vote as a block for Mitt Romney, and only 38 Republicans joined them, then Romney would become the next president of the United States and our country would be sparred the ignorance, hatred and foreign corruption of a Trump reign.
If this is going to work, we have a lot of work to do, and a short time to do it. Sign the pledge below to ask all of the Democratic Electoral College members to pledge to vote for a single qualified and dignified Republican like Mitt Romney, and for at least 38 Republican electors to do the same. It is not an exaggeration to say the future of our country and world depend upon it.
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