An anonymous member of the Electoral College claims campaign staff for President-elect Donald Trump are pressuring Republican electors to cast their ballots for him or face “threats of political reprisal.”
“We have gotten reports from multiple people that the Donald Trump campaign is putting pressure on Republican electors,” the elector said, saying electors’ careers are being threatened if they don’t comply, Salon reports.
“It’s all political, basically,” the elector added. “If Trump becomes the president, he’s going to be able to put pressure on the state parties and they won’t be involved anymore.”
The 538 members of the Electoral College are due to cast their ballots on Dec. 19, the Independent reports.
But some — a group known as the Hamilton Electors — have already agreed to vote against the Nov. 8 presidential election results.
One of those rebelling is Republican 9/11 first responder Christopher Suprun, an elector for Texas, who publicly declared his stance in The New York Times.
“[The] Federalist [Papers] 68 argued that an Electoral College should determine if candidates are qualified, not engaged in demagogy, and independent from foreign influence,” he wrote, referring to an essay by Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. “Mr. Trump shows us again and again that he does not meet these standards.”
“The election of the next president is not yet a done deal,” added Suprun in the piece that went viral. “Electors of conscience can still do the right thing for the good of the country.”
He is not the only Republican elector against Trump.
Texas Republican Art Sisneros resigned from the Electoral College, stating he refused to cast his vote for Trump.
“I do not see how Donald Trump is biblically qualified to serve in the office of the Presidency,” Sisneros wrote in his blog, The Blessed Path. “If Trump is not qualified and my role, both morally and historically, as an elected official is to vote my conscience, then I cannot and will not vote for Donald Trump for President.”
The Hamilton Electors need 37 Republican electors for their efforts to be successful. If they are, the House of Representatives will then decide who will be the next president.
Sources: Salon, The New York Times, Independent, The Blessed Path / Photo credit: Washington University Law School/Wikimedia Commons