Of course it’s not going to happen. But there’s no federal law preventing members of the Electoral College from voting against Donald Trump when they meet on December 19.
Politico reported Monday that two Democratic electors are calling for their GOP colleagues to write in (stifling a laugh) John Kasich or Mitt Romney.
P. Bret Chiafalo, a Washington State elector who has already declared his opposition to Hillary Clinton, and Micheal Baca of Colorado have launched what they’ve dubbed “Moral Electors,” an attempt to persuade 37 of their Republican colleagues to bail on Trump — just enough to block Trump’s election and leave the final decision to the House of Representatives. They have the support of a third elector, Washington State’s Robert Satiacum.
Chiafalo called it a “longshot.” “It’s a Hail Mary,” he told Politico.
No, not a longshot. It’s the same odds as aliens landing on the mall in Washington D.C. and declaring Trump to be a fugitive from Planet Krypton, known there as General Zod.
The time to declare and recognize Trump’s unfitness for office has passed. It passed at the Republican National Convention in July. Then it passed again on November 8th when voters chose him over Hillary Clinton. It doesn’t matter who won a plurality of the popular vote.
As David French wrote:
Here’s a fact: We don’t know who would have won the 2016 (or 2000) presidential races if the president was elected by popular vote because the race would have been run completely differently. Forget the millions of dollars spent squeezing a few-thousand votes out of New Hampshire precincts. Forget the micro-targeting of Iowa voters. Who really cares how Hamilton County, Ohio, turnout changed from 2012? After all, that’s just noise in the great race to, say, 65 million or 70 million votes.
Both campaigns knew the electoral rules and campaigned accordingly. Trump tweeted: “If the election were based on total popular vote I would have campaigned in N.Y. Florida and California and won even bigger and more easily.”
If the election were based on total popular vote I would have campaigned in N.Y. Florida and California and won even bigger and more easily
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2016
A few weeks before the election, I called upon electors to reject Hillary Clinton, believing she would win. My faith in American voters was misplaced. The Electoral College is not a device to prevent Americans from having the president they want–it’s actually a system to ensure that Americans get to choose the right president without a particular demographic or geographic population achieving hegemony.
Americans rejected Hillary Clinton, playing by the rules of the Electoral College.
It’s expected that Trump will have 306 electors to Clinton’s 232 by December 19 (all the votes are not yet counted, and all the state races are not yet certified). Two or three faithless electors (or “moral electors”) will make zero difference in the end result.
However, we know that America has one last parachute to stop an obvious mistake. Many of us think that Trump is not the optimal person to take over the reins of government, but that is not sufficient to overturn the Constitution and the voters of each state. I may have even been wrong calling for an electoral overthrow of Clinton–unless of course the race was within just a few electoral votes.
It’s not. The rest is hypothetical. Let us move on.