While Hollywood actors and rogue members of the Electoral College desperately try to stop Donald Trump, the Associated Press actually interviewed more than 330 electors to get their thoughts.
They interviewed Republican and Democrat electors, and it’s the best picture of what will happen on Monday.
Guess what? There’s ZERO chance of them standing in the way of President-elect Donald Trump from entering the White House. The recounts are meaningless and the electors will vote overwhelmingly as expected.
As the AP reports:
There’s more hustle than hope behind an effort to derail Donald Trump’s presidency in the Electoral College.
Republican electors are being swamped with pleas to buck tradition and cast ballots for someone else at meetings across the country Monday that are on course to ratify Trump as the winner. AP interviews with more than 330 electors from both parties found little appetite for a revolt.
Whether they like Trump or not, and some plainly don’t, scores of the Republicans chosen to cast votes in the state-capital meetings told AP they feel bound by history, duty, party loyalty or the law to rubber-stamp their state’s results and make him president. Appeals numbering in the tens of thousands — drowning inboxes, ringing cellphones, stuffing home and office mailboxes with actual handwritten letters — have not swayed them.
The interviews found widespread Democratic aggravation with the electoral process but little expectation that the rush of anti-Trump maneuvering can stop him. For that to happen, Republican-appointed electors would have to stage an unprecedented defection.
Still, people going to the typically ho-hum electoral gatherings have been drawn into the rough and tumble of campaign-season politics. Republicans are being beseeched to revolt in a torrent of lobbying, centered on the arguments that Clinton won the popular vote and that Trump is unsuited to the presidency. Most of it is falling on deaf ears, but it has also led to some acquaintances being made across the great political divide.
“Let me give you the total as of right now: 48,324 emails about my role as an elector,” said Brian Westrate, a small-business owner and GOP district chairman in Fall Creek, Wisconsin. “I have a Twitter debate with a former porn star from California asking me to change my vote. It’s been fascinating.”
Even Hector Maldonavo, a National Guardsman from Missouri supported Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and is “afraid of a Trump presidency.” But even he will stand by his oath as a U.S. citizen and cast his ballot for Trump. The same went for Tom Lawless, an attorney from Nashville who supported Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) but pledged to give his word to vote for the winner of his state.
This is a reminder of how absurd and ridiculous the recount efforts and elector defector campaigns are. The electoral college will elect Donald Trump as America’s next president, and nothing will stop that.
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