In a last ditch effort to prevent Donald Trump from becoming the President, a number of liberals tried the last option they had: pressure electors not to cast their votes for The Donald in the electoral college. A number of Republican electors have reported harassment and threats from leftists pressuring them not to vote for Hillary, and a handful of D-list celebrities released a message to electors encouraging them to vote for anyone but Trump.
The New York Times ran a story from a faithless elector titled “Why I Will Not Cast My Electoral Vote for Donald Trump,” which certainly gave the impression that there could’ve been a shakeup.
And there was. But it didn’t hurt Donald Trump.
Yesterday the result was ratified by Electoral College voters, who gathered in state capitols across the United States to formally vote for president.
That voting continues, but by early evening, Trump went over the 270 needed, according to the Associated Press, which tracked results from capitol to capitol. That was despite a pitched effort by some on the left who wrote letters to Trump electors trying to persuade them to switch their votes or not vote at all and keep Trump short of the 270 needed.
Not only did it not happen, but more electors tried to defect from Hillary Clinton Monday than from Trump, by a count of seven to two, as of Monday afternoon. Three Democratic electors tried to vote for Bernie Sanders instead of Clinton — one in Maine, one in Minnesota and one in Colorado. The electors’ votes, however, were disallowed because of state rules binding them to the statewide popular vote winner.
Four more electors in Washington state defected from Clinton. Three voted for Colin Powell and one for Faith Spotted Eagle, a Native American who gained some notoriety for her protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Now that’s hilarious. If you count Jill Stein’s “Recount 2016” campaign, Trump has now won three times. It must be he who’s tired of winning.
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