On Tuesday, Harvard University law professor Larry Lessig said that 20 Republican Electoral College voters are considering flipping to vote against Donald Trump, according to The Hill. Lessig, who is also an activist, said the electors been in contact with his group.
This would mark more than half of the number of anti-Trump votes needed to stall the president-elect from being sworn into office in January. Members of the Electoral college cast their votes on December 19th.
“Obviously, whether an elector ultimately votes his or her conscience will depend in part upon whether there are enough doing the same,” Lessig told Politico. “We now believe there are more than half the number needed to change the result seriously considering making that vote.”
Lessig’s group “Electors Trust,” has been offering free legal counsel to Republican presidential electors who are considering ditching Trump.
As of now, 20 Republican electors have contacted Lessig’s group about voting against Trump.
This is how unpopular Trump is:
The most electors to ever reject a presidential nominee occurred in 1808, when six Democratic-Republican electors rejected James Madison. There hasn’t been more than one so-called “faithless” elector in a single Electoral College vote for president since 1832, when two Maryland electors abstained.
Hillary Clinton leads in the popular vote over Trump by 2.8 million. The Electoral College was created to prevent a demagogue from obtaining the keys to the White House. It’s 2016 and one is about to take power in the U.S. So far, 40 electors have requested briefing from Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on classified information related to Russian hacking and public influence operations during the presidential election. If Trump takes power in January, his administration would be the most compromised in U.S. history. Hillary Clinton’s emails were made an issue and now we have a man with a huge amount of conflicts of interests, so much so that one dictator is already blackmailing him, about to take office.
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