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The Electoral College MUST Reject Donald Trump

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Donald Trump's view of the Electoral College And The Popular Vote

Donald Trump revealed his opposition to the Electoral College and desire to see the election based solely on the popular vote in the following tweets after early 2012 election results appeared to indicate that Obama would become President because of the Electoral College despite losing the popular vote. (Later results revealed that Obama actually won the popular vote.)

 

"The Electoral College is a disaster for democracy."

"We can't let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty. Our nation is totally divided!"

"Lets fight like hell and stop this great and disgusting injustice! The world is laughing at us."

"This election is a total sham and a travesty. We are not a democracy!"

"The phoney Electoral College made a laughing stock out of our nation. The loser one!"

"He lost the popular vote by a lot and won the election. We should have a revolution in this country!" 

 (See here, here, and here for proof of tweets.)

 

As of November 13, Hillary Clinton led Donald Trump by over 630,000 votes. Millions of votes have not yet been counted in the Clinton-leaning states of Washington, California and New York. Clinton is likely to have a greater than 2 million vote lead after all the ballots are counted.

 

Purpose of Electoral College

Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist Paper No. 68 that the purpose of the Electoral College was to prevent the elevation of those who only have "talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity" and to ensure  "that the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications" .

Hamilton also wrote that the Electoral College should serve as an obstacle to

 "cabal, intrigue, and corruption. These most deadly adversaries of republican government might naturally have been expected to make their approaches from more than one querter, but chiefly from the desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils. How could they better gratify this, than by raising a creature of their own to the chief magistracy of the Union?"  (emphasis added)
 

In other words, the Founding Fathers established the Electoral College for the express purpose of ensuring, among other things, that the President wouldn't be a puppet of a foreign government (like say, Russia)

 

Trump and Russia

Russian fingerprints were on email stolen from the DNC that was published by WikiLeaks and other outlets. Trump's recent claim that he doesn't know Vladimir Putin is contradicted by a video from 2013, in which he claimed he had a relationship with Putin and by a video from a National Press Club meeting in 2014 in which he stated that he had spoken directly and indirectly with Putin. Clearly, even before the election, Trump's changing story about his relationship with Putin should have raised red flags. 

Donald Trump could have released his taxes to allay suspicions that he had commercial entanglements with Russian oligarchs close to Putin that could compromise his ability to put U.S. interests over Soviet interests. For whatever reason, he chose not to do so. Three events occurred after the election that suggest Trump has been compromised in such a way that the Electoral College was specifically designed to prevent.

  1. Lawmakers in the Russian Duma burst into applause when it heard news of Trump's victory. 
  2. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov acknowledged that there had been contacts between the Russian government and Trump's team and that members of the Russian government knew most of the members of Trump's entourage.
  3. Sergei Markov, an unofficial Kremlin advisor suggested that Russia "may have helped WikiLeaks" in some unspecified manner.


If indeed the Russians helped Trump win by feeding stolen emails to WikiLeaks, then Trump will start his presidency indebted to Russia. 


Other Events That Occurred After The Election That Call Trump's Suitability To Be President Into Question

There has been a surge of hate crimes across the country against minorities, committed in Trump's name by White Radical Nationalists  emboldened by Trump's victory. Trump did not publicly condemn these hate crimes until his Sixty Minutes interview aired on Sunday.  He said during the interview that he had been previously unaware of these hate crimes. However, the interview was conducted on Friday, which means he allowed the hate crimes to go publicly uncondemned for part of Friday, Saturday, and most of Sunday. He did not say what he intended to do to fight these hate crimes once he became president. He did, however, send mixed signals by elevating White Nationalist Steve Bannon to be his chief strategist and senior counselor on the same day that his Sixty Minutes interview aired.

University of Utah law professor Christopher Peterson completed a study that concluded that there would be grounds for impeachment if allegations against Donald Trump of fraud and racketeering are proven true in the upcoming lawsuits over his involvement in Trump University.

Thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of protesters, have marched across the country claiming that Trump was not their president. A Change.Org petition started by Elijah Berg has been signed by over 4 million people demanding the Electoral College install Hillary Clinton as President. The petition you are now reading is intended to complement Berg's petition. This petition strengthens the case that the electors MUST reject Trump to fulfill the purpose of the Electoral College as defined by both the Founding Fathers and by Donald Trump.  It also provides alternatives to the electors should they be unable to agree on selecting Clinton for President. It is not meant to compete with Berg's petition and those who read this petition are encouraged to sign his petition as well.

 

Our Demand of the Electoral College

The above information, taken in total, requires the Electoral College to reject the election of Donald Trump if it is to fulfill its duty as envisioned by the Founding Fathers.  The Electoral College must take one of three courses of action to rightfully fulfill its mission.

  1. It can carry out its role as defined by Donald Trump in 2012 by selecting the winner of the popular vote--Hillary Clinton.
  2. It can recognize that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are controversial and deeply divisive candidates. Neither candidate is well-situated to heal a divided nation.  Since voters have elected both a Republican House and Senate, it could carry out its mission by selecting a Republican who would not be too objectionable to Democrats such as Ohio Governor John Kasich.
  3. It can recognize that many Trump voters chose Trump because they are highly dissatisfied with politics-as-usual and have rejected traditional mainstream candidates.  It can satisfy many of these voters as well as many Democrats by selecting Bernie Sanders.

The Electoral College MUST chose one of these approaches and reject Donald Trump if it is to avoid making a mockery of its intended purpose.



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