Donald Trump won the presidential election. As president-elect he is busy picking his Cabinet preparatory to taking office after the inauguration ceremony on January 20.
It’s a done deal. Right? Well, not quite.
Some, implacably opposed to The Donald, are resorting to desperate measures, with scant regard for the will of the voters, in a last-ditch bid to prevent him from officially becoming the 45th president of the United States:
Amid a rowdy recount push in battleground states, anti-Donald Trump forces are escalating efforts to invalidate his election on another front: the Electoral College.
The people who technically choose the next president will gather on Dec. 19 to, presumably, make the results of the Nov. 8 presidential election official. Trump won 306 electoral votes in the election, well above the 270 needed to defeat Hillary Clinton and claim the White House.
But even as Clinton herself has conceded and joined President Obama in urging a smooth transition of power, a group of electors from Colorado and Washington known as the “Hamilton Electors” is trying to persuade other electors to unite behind a Republican alternative to Trump.
On Monday, they peeled off one Republican. Chris Suprun, from Texas, said he won’t cast one of his state’s 38 electoral votes for Trump because “I am here to elect a president, not a king.”
Suprun previously indicated he would support Trump. But he now says the president-elect’s postelection attacks on the First Amendment, as well as the billionaire businessman’s continued promotion of his brand and business interests overseas, changed his mind.
The anti-Trump electors, however, face a very steep climb. In total, they would need to persuade 37 electors to either abstain from voting or switch their vote from Trump to someone else. This would throw the vote for president to the House of Representatives.
Suprun, by the way, is urging the electors to vote for Ohio Gov. John Kasich instead of Trump.
Kasich, to his credit, wants nothing to do with Suprun’s treachery:
“Ohio Gov. John Kasich dealt a blow to at least one rogue electoral college member Tuesday, asking him not to vote for Kasich in the presidential election when the electors convene Dec. 19.
“Kasich made the announcement on his Twitter account.”:
I am not a candidate for president and ask that electors not vote for me when they gather later this month. Our country had an election and Donald Trump won. The country is divided and there are certainly raw emotions on both sides stemming from the election. But this approach, as well meaning as it is, will only serve to further divide our nation, when unity is what we need. The election is over. Now is the time for all of us to come together as Americans.
—Gov. John Kasich