Disgruntled over the surprise election victory New York businessman Donald Trump earned over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, left-wing grassroots efforts have surfaced nationwide in the attempt to sway Electoral College voters to ignore their respective states’ election results and cast their ballot for Hillary Clinton.
Harnessing a wide array of tools to encourage electors to vote Clinton when the Electoral College meets Dec. 19, activists favoring Hillary Clinton have leaned heavily on social media and online petitions to broadcast their argument which revolves around the face Clinton won the popular vote by approximately 1.7 million, as of Sunday evening.
Concluding Trump is unfit for the White House, activist Daniel Brezenoff, author of one online petition, said:
“Yes, I think it’s a longshot, but I also think we’re living in strange times. If it was ever plausible, it’s this year.”
Despite the Left’s outcry over the real estate mogul’s election, most Republican Electoral College voters remain undeterred.
“It’s just not going to work. I hope it dies down, but I don’t see that happening,” said Idaho elector Layne Bangerter.
Some GOP Electors have reported threats and intimidation tactics employed against them in the hopes to cajole them into switching their vote.
“It’s mostly just a lot of angry people who don’t completely understand how the process works,” Michigan Elector Michael Banerian said after reporting he had received harassing phone calls.
Still, though, the outcry has changed little. Despite protests against Trump, no Electoral College vote has ever been overturned. As of Tuesday, with Michigan remaining undecided, Mr. Trump has earned 290 votes to Mrs. Clinton’s 232.
Should petitioners find success and the Election College voters results produce an Electoral College deadlock, the race would be thrown into the U.S. House for a resolution.
Under GOP control, it is likely the House would certify Mr. Trump’s Electoral College victory.
“If it gets into the House, the controversy and the uncertainty that would immediately blow up into a political firestorm in the U.S. would cause enough people — my hope is — to look at the whole concept of the Electoral College,” said one anonymous elector who hopes to thwart Trump.
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