Donald Trump won a resounding electoral mandate.
But that hasn’t stopped some establishment figures from hatching plots to deny him his Presidency.
And the latest scheme cooked by insiders is a final and desperate ploy to block Trump from taking office.
On Election Day, voters actually voted for the individuals who make up the Electoral College.
In December, the Electoral College will cast their votes on behalf of their state.
Previously there has been what came to be known as, “faithless electors.”
These individuals – usually a lone elector – cast a protest vote against the candidate who won their state.
The last “faithless elector” was in 2004 when one Minnesota elector cast their ballot for Democratic Vice Presidential nominee John Edwards instead of Democratic Presidential nominee John Kerry.
Now two electors are hunting around for 37 Republican electors to cast their ballot for anyone other than Donald Trump.
“Two Democratic members of the Electoral College have launched a radical last-ditch attempt to stop Donald Trump from winning the presidency.
Bret Chiafalo, a Washington State elector who has already declared his opposition to Hillary Clinton, and Micheal Baca of Colorado have launched what they’ve dubbed “Moral Electors,” an attempt to persuade 37 of their Republican colleagues to bail on Trump — just enough to block Trump’s election and leave the final decision to the House of Representatives. They have the support of a third elector, Washington State’s Robert Satiacum.
This is a longshot. It’s a Hail Mary,” Chiafalo said in a phone interview. “However, I do see situations where — when we’ve already had two or three [Republican] electors state publicly they didn’t want to vote for Trump. How many of them have real issues with Donald Trump in private?”
Chiafalo, a self-described “regular nerdy dude who works for Microsoft” and Baca, a grad student and Marine Corps veteran, insist they’re not seeking the election of Clinton — or even a Democrat. Both, in fact, had already been considering voting against her when the Electoral College meets in five weeks. Rather, they intend to encourage Republican electors to write in Mitt Romney or John Kasich. If enough agree, the election would be sent to the House of Representatives, which would choose from among the top three vote-getters.
Both men acknowledge that their effort is unlikely to succeed. Electors throughout American history have rarely broken ranks. But the fact that members of the college — part of an arcane but powerful constitutional process — are working to undermine Trump could lead to a larger share of dissident electors than the country has seen in decades and put renewed focus on calls to abolish the controversial body.”
If enough electors bought into this scheme, the vote would be thrown to the House of Representatives, where members would have to pick between the top three finishers in the election.
Since Trump won such a resounding victory where his coattails extended so far down ballot, it is a virtual certainty the GOP controlled House would elect Trump as President.
A deadlocked Electoral College throwing the vote to the House was actually the plan of establishment Republicans who backed left-leaning “Republican” Evan McMullin in the general election.
They believed the Mormon McMullin could siphon enough votes to win Utah and create a situation where no candidate won the 270 Electoral College votes necessary to become President.
All of this is likely a settled argument after Trump’s decisive victory.
But the pursuit of faithless electors shows just how committed the Democrats are to destroying Donald Trump’s Presidency.