After decades of “participation trophies” and being called special snowflakes, supporters of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are used to getting their way.
Now that they’ve lost, they’ve responded with violent riots and death threats.
It’s a desperate attempt to silence the voice of millions of American voters that chose President-elect Donald Trump at the ballot box.
But insiders say they will fail.
Monday, the Electoral College will formally vote for the next president of the United States of America — and reports say they will do their duty and select Trump.
Of course, this vote won’t be easy. In fact, some Electoral College voters have been attacked and threatened so viciously by liberals that they’ve been forced into police protection.
But doing the right thing is often difficult — and the Electoral College voters are planning to reject these angry voices and side with the Americans they’ve vowed to represent.
“I take my job as an elector very seriously, and in Pennsylvania, Donald Trump won,” Mary Barket, an Electoral College voter from Northampton County, told The Post-Gazette. “So any argument thereafter, especially about the nature of him being a president, is not going to have an effect on me.”
Harvard University law professor Larry Lessig warned last week that up to 20 electors have secretly switched sides — but even if that’s true, that’s not nearly enough to overturn the election.
“The letters are actually quite sad,” said Lee Green, a Republican elector from North Carolina. “They are generally freaked out. They honestly believe the propaganda. They believe our nation is being taken over by a dark and malevolent force.”
Wirt A. Yerger Jr., a Republican elector in Mississippi, said, “I have gotten several thousand emails asking me not to vote for Trump. I threw them all away.”
A joint session of Congress is scheduled for Jan. 6 to certify the results of the Electoral College vote. Once the result is certified, the winner — Trump — will be sworn in on Jan. 20.
The Electoral College has 538 members, with the number allocated to each state based on how many representatives it has in the House plus one for each senator. The District of Columbia gets three, despite the fact that the home to Congress has no vote in Congress.
To be elected president, the winner must get at least half plus one — or 270 electoral votes. Most states give all their electoral votes to whichever candidate wins that state’s popular vote. Maine and Nebraska award them by congressional district.
But despite the national group cry session being conducted by some Democrats, only one Republican elector has publicly stated that he will not vote for Trump.
There is no constitutional provision or federal law that requires electors to vote for the candidate who won their state. Some states require their electors to vote for the winning candidate, either by law or through signed pledges. But no elector has ever been prosecuted for failing to vote as pledged, according to the National Archives.
Those laws are rarely tested. More than 99 percent of electors through U.S. history have voted for the candidate who won their state.
That is widely expected to happen Monday. Electors are selected by state parties, and so are often insiders who can be trusted to vote for the party’s candidate. Many Republican electors said they feel duty-bound to honor their pledge to vote for the candidate who won their state, regardless of how they feel about Trump.
“From the tenor of these emails, you would think these people are curled up in a corner in a fetal position with a thumb in their mouth,” Republican elector Charlie Buckels of Louisiana said.
Even the president-elect weighed in on the insanity —
If my many supporters acted and threatened people like those who lost the election are doing, they would be scorned & called terrible names!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 18, 2016
The Associated Press contributed to this article